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executive leadership team

  • David Sutton

    Chief Executive Officer / Accounting Officer

    Mr Sutton was appointed as Head Teacher at Maltby Comprehensive School in September 2007. In this leadership role he quickly established himself as an advocate for the children and young people in Maltby and established a school culture of 'high expectations and achievement'. As a result of this work the school saw a significant increase in attainment and progress with the 5A*-C (including English and Mathematics) headline moving from 29% in 2007 to 71% in 2013.

    Mr Sutton successfully led and managed the planning and consultation of the first Academy in Rotherham in January 2010 and then more recently was instrumental in establishing the Maltby Learning Trust. Under his leadership the Academy secured a 'Good' judgement for overall effectiveness and 'Outstanding' for leadership and management in the 2012 OFSTED inspection. In the subsequent subject inspection for Mathematics the Academy secured an 'outstanding' judgement in all categories. These external reviews are further affirmation of the transformation that has taken place at Maltby Academy over recent years.

    Following the improvement journey at Maltby Academy the school was accredited as a National Support School and Mr Sutton was awarded National Leader of Education status. In this role he is charged with the responsibility of supporting schools facing challenging circumstances and providing leadership capacity in schools to address identified underperformance.

    Mr Sutton was appointed CEO of Maltby Learning Trust in January 2014 and worked with Governors and Directors in the Trust and across the schools to establish a Multi-Academy Trust in Maltby that reflects the local context and serves the needs of children in and beyond the learning community. The Maltby Learning Trust is now becoming widely recognised for its innovative cross phase work and the high standards achieved across the Trust.

  • Dale Jackson

    Executive Director of Secondary Education

    Over ten years’ experience in secondary school senior leadership. Led Kingswood Academy from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in three years. In 2019 Kingswood delivered a progress 8 score of +1.17 and was listed in the top 20 highest performing schools in the country. As Executive Principal for the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), had oversight of Kingswood whilst supporting schools in Middlesborough, Essex and Suffolk as a system leader. Appointed as Executive Principal at Maltby Learning Trust in September 2019, and as Executive Director of Secondary Education in September 2020.

  • David Horrigan

    Executive Director of Primary Education

    Over seventeen years’ experience in primary school senior leadership. Exceptional leader with a proven track record of school improvement, taking two schools from ‘special measures’ to ‘good’, both within a three year window. Currently substantive Principal at Maltby Lilly Hall, working with the leadership team to secure rapid school improvement, taking the school from 53% combined attainment to 78% in two years.

strategic directors

  • Nicky Bailey

    Executive Assistant to CEO/ Strategic Director - Governance and Communications

    Miss Bailey is a Senior Business Administrator with a wealth of experience over a number of years working in the education sector. As part of the Trust's Executive Team, she leads the areas of Marketing, Communications and Governance and manages the Business and Administration Teams at Secondary level. She has a proven track record of delivering high standards and works closely to the CEO in the role of Executive Assistant.

    Miss Bailey is also Clerk to the Trust Board of Directors and supports Governors to ensure they meet their statutory responsibilities.

  • Sara Graham

    Strategic Director: Community and Specialist Services

    Mrs Graham was appointed Strategic Leader of Rotherham Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST) in March 2014 but has enjoyed a close working relationship with Maltby schools since 2004.  She also sits on the governing body of Maltby Manor Academy.

    Mrs Graham has previously worked in business and accounts within a competitive private sector organisation, as a GP Practice Counsellor, and in the voluntary sector as a Service Manager developing school-based mental health services for children, young people and families, and initiating a training programme for professionals.  She also chaired the Children, Young People and Families Voluntary Sector Consortium as well as being active in a variety of multi-agency/cross-sector forums.

     

    Rotherham MAST was implemented by the Maltby Learning Trust in response to reduced resources and in an effort to ensure that sustainable mental health services were available to school communities.  Since her appointment, Mrs Graham has been awarded Specialist Leader of Education status and is working with the CEO of Maltby Learning Trust to develop a Whole School Approach to Mental Health. She has been active in supporting schools across Rotherham by recruiting and managing a multi-disciplinary team of mental health practitioners. The service currently provides counselling/mental health interventions for children and young people, mental health support for families, support for school staff and training for professionals.  Professionals have also developed PSHE resources and group work for children and young people as well as a bespoke parenting programme.

    Mrs Graham recognises that schools now form the heart of their communities and is keen to ensure that timely access to mental health services becomes a cultural norm. 

  • Coleen Renshaw

    Strategic Director: School Improvement and Workforce Development

    Mrs Renshaw joined Maltby Comprehensive School in 2003 as a newly-qualified teacher and by 2006 had fast-track promotion to English Subject Leader where she accomplished substantial year-on-year enhancment of teaching quality and student achievement.

    As Assistant Headteacher from 2009, with whole-school responsibility for Teaching and Learning, Professional Learning and Development, Performance Management and Middle Leaders’ self-evaluation, she played a pivitol role in Ofsted’s 2012 praising of Maltby Academy’s significant improvement in the quality of Teaching and Learning and ‘outstanding’ Leadership and Management. She secured status as a Specialist Leader of Education the same year.

    As the Maltby Learning Trust has grown its family of schools, her influence has extended through the collaborative relationships she has founded with Governors, Principals and Senior Leaders. Working with them, underperformance has been tackled strategically and this has been illustrated in the now ‘good’ judgements given in recent Primary school inspections. She is currently overseeing the Trust’s People and HR strategy.

trust directors

  • David Sutton

    CEO

    Mr Sutton was appointed as Head Teacher at Maltby Comprehensive School in September 2007. In this leadership role he quickly established himself as an advocate for the children and young people in Maltby and established a school culture of 'high expectations and achievement'. As a result of this work the school saw a significant increase in attainment and progress with the 5A*-C (including English and Mathematics) headline moving from 29% in 2007 to 71% in 2013.

    Mr Sutton successfully led and managed the planning and consultation of the first Academy in Rotherham in January 2010 and then more recently was instrumental in establishing the Maltby Learning Trust. Under his leadership the Academy secured a 'Good' judgement for overall effectiveness and 'Outstanding' for leadership and management in the 2012 OFSTED inspection. In the subsequent subject inspection for Mathematics the Academy secured an 'outstanding' judgement in all categories. These external reviews are further affirmation of the transformation that has taken place at Maltby Academy over recent years.

    Following the improvement journey at Maltby Academy the school was accredited as a National Support School and Mr Sutton was awarded National Leader of Education status. In this role he is charged with the responsibility of supporting schools facing challenging circumstances and providing leadership capacity in schools to address identified underperformance.

    Mr Sutton was appointed CEO of Maltby Learning Trust in January 2014 and worked with Governors and Directors in the Trust and across the schools to establish a Multi-Academy Trust in Maltby that reflects the local context and serves the needs of children in and beyond the learning community. The Maltby Learning Trust is now becoming widely recognised for its innovative cross phase work and the high standards achieved across the Trust.

  • Dame Julie Kenny CBE DL

    Chair of MLT Board

    Chair of Maltby Learning Trust since January 2010, Dame Julie Kenny is the Former Chairman and CEO of Pyronix Limited, which she founded in 1986 and grew into a business with a turnover in excess of £25m, selling to over 80 countries throughout the world. She employed 200 people on 3 factory sites in Hellaby, Rotherham.  

    Alongside the Maltby Learning Trust, Dame Kenny is also Chair and Non-Executive Director of Robson Handling Technology Limited.  She Chairs the Sheffield Culture Collective, and is Chair of the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust and Trading Company. Dame Kenny is also Vice Chair of the National Coal Mining Museum of England and a Director of Sheffield Theatres and Chair of their People and Culture Committee.  

    In recognition of her contribution to the region’s business and industry, Dame Kenny was awarded a CBE in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List and was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to industry and to the life of the region. She has created a successful business, developed the business base of the region and helped many young people to achieve their potential.   

    Dame Kenny has served as a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire since 2005 and was honoured to be the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire 2012/13. She was the Vitalise Businesswoman of the Year in 2013 and Private Businesswoman of the Year 2014. She has been honoured by the British Security Industry with a Chairman’s Award (being the first woman Chairman of the Industry in 2010) and a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

    Having been appointed by the Government to serve on very many different Government Boards since 1995, Julie was asked to serve as an Intervention Commissioner with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council between 2010 and 2014 and was appointed again as an Intervention Commissioner of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council between 2015 and 2019, Julie’s involvement in the promotion of her hometown continues as a Rotherham Pioneer and an Ambition Rotherham Board Member.  

    Julie was honoured in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2019 with a Damehood for her work with heritage and particularly Wentworth Woodhouse. 

    In 2020, Dame Kenny was made an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough, the ultimate accolade that Rotherham Borough can bestow on one of its citizens.   

  • Paul Martin

    Vice Chair of MLT Board

    Mr Martin has lived in Maltby since 1965 and attended both Crags Junior School and Maltby Comprehensive School. He went on to have a career with South Yorkshire Police working in Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster in roles ranging from uniformed patrol, detective, supervisor and manager.  At one point, he was the head of the prosecutions departments across the county. On retirement from the police, he was based at Doncaster where he had served as a Chief Inspector and as a Superintendent.

    Mr Martin went on to be Head of Service for the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) for Doncaster Primary Care Trust (NHS). This programme aims to reduce offending by providing support, including medical treatment, to people who have a reliance on illicit drugs. In 2012 he left that role and began to offer his services as an investigator/consultant to a variety of agencies on a freelance basis.

    Mr Martin is a non-executive director with a community interest company, Big Ambitions. Based in Doncaster, the company provides services to support people with mental health issues to gain and remain in employment.

    Mr Martin is currently the vice-chair of the Maltby Learning Trust; he believes that it is essential for schools to work in close co-operation with each other, providing the support to develop their expertise for the benefit of their pupils. He has been a Governor at Maltby Redwood since 2005, and in 2010 he became the Chair of the Governing body. His association with Redwood began as his daughter’s attended the school from 1988 through to 2004. In 2014, Mr Martin also joined the Governing body at Maltby Manor, subsequently being appointed as Chair of the Governing body.

    Mr Martin was designated as a National Leader of Governance in January 2014, a role which is aimed at providing support to inexperienced Chair of Governors and at supporting Governing bodies to develop their expertise. Mr Martin has also provided support to a number of Chairs and Governing bodies.

  • Richard Belcher

    Mr Belcher became a parent governor of Maltby Academy in 2010 and joined the board of the Maltby Learning Trust on its inception in 2014. He has two sons at the Academy. Mr Belcher qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 with the Northampton office of MacIntyre Hudson, a firm of accountants / auditors. He swiftly moved out of accounting practice to join a newly forming UK subsidiary of an American hair appliance manufacturer in Sheffield. This role involved registering the company with all the relevant authorities, setting up the office space, arranging transportation and warehousing contracts and designing / implementing the company’s processes and operating systems.

    Mr Belcher then joined ANSYS (formerly Fluent Europe) in November 1997 and held various finance management roles before being promoted to European Finance Director in 2012. He is responsible for leading the finance functions in 20 ANSYS entities spread across 12 European countries with a combined revenue in excess of $300m and with over 600 employees. Mr Belcher has an honours degree in Accounting and Management Control from Sheffield Hallam University, is a Common Purpose graduate and avid Sheffield Wednesday supporter.

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  • Marcus Beck

    Mr Beck has worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 2005. He is a Senior Lecturer working in Teacher Education and is Course Leader for the PGCE Business Education course.  He also teaches on the PGCE Professional Studies module to trainees from all subject disciplines.  Part of Mr Beck's time is allocated to working with the Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) Teach First team as a Professional Tutor and in delivering a QA role for the South Yorkshire region. Mr Beck is also a Governor at a secondary school in North Derbyshire which is a professional partner with SHU.

    Mr Beck has nine years teaching and management experience in the 11-19 Secondary phase, including Business Education, ICT, IAG and Work Related Learning.  As a teacher Mr Beck mentored many trainee teachers and he is a SHU Advanced mentor. Prior to teaching Mr Beck worked for 15 years in Retail Management with three major retailing organisations and had senior responsibilities in Operations, HR and Training and Development.

  • Glyn Staves

    Business Governor

    Mr Staves, who joined the Local Governing Body of the Academy in November 2015 as a business Governor, is head of Dispute Resolution and, as of October 2016, a Partner at MKB Solicitors LLP in Barnsley.  He is well known for dealing with high value and complex litigation in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. 

    Mr Staves advises a very wide range of clients in both the public and private sector, including individuals, limited companies, SMEs, unincorporated bodies, PLC’s and charities.  His client base extends locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

    Graduating from Nottingham Law School with a degree in Law, he began practising in 2009 and has worked within the Legal Sector since then.

    Mr Staves, who joined the Local Governing Body of the Academy in November 2015 as a business Governor, is head of Dispute Resolution and, as of October 2016, a Partner at MKB Solicitors LLP in Barnsley.  He is well known for dealing with high value and complex litigation in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. 

    Mr Staves advises a very wide range of clients in both the public and private sector, including individuals, limited companies, SMEs, unincorporated bodies, PLC’s and charities.  His client base extends locally, regionally, nationally and internationally

  • Pete Sorsby

    Mr Sorsby enjoyed a 28 year career with a high street bank, joining as an Office Junior in 1987 on attaining A Levels and leaving in May 2016 having worked in a wide array of roles culminating in that of Director of Commercial Banking for South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

    During the final five years of Mr Sorsby’s career he increasingly became involved in the business communities across all the towns in the area but in particular those of Rotherham and Doncaster, holding positions on Rotherham’s Local Economy Board and latterly its successor body the Business Growth Board.

    A key focus during that time was to help develop the relationships between the area’s employers and their representatives such as the Chambers of Commerce and the area’s education institutions at all age levels.

    A keen advocate of work experience - Mr Sorsby arranged and oversaw numerous programmes for students, several of which resulted in delegates being appointed by the bank or pursuing careers in the sector.  Also personal development - where he saw 4 of his 8 strong team gain in role promotions during his period as Director.

    Mr Sorsby became increasingly impressed by what he saw of Maltby Academy’s achievements and was delighted to be asked to join the Local Governing Body, with a particular focus on forging the Trust’s links with the local business community.

  • Richard Stubbs

    Mr Stubbs is the Chief Executive Officer of Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Service (AHSN), an organisation that connects the NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on increasing economic growth and improving outcomes for patients. Prior to this he was the AHSN’s Commercial Director providing executive leadership on all commercial, innovation and wealth creation objectives.

    Mr Stubbs is also a non-executive director of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle. He is also a non-executive director of Maltby Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust of secondary and primary schools across Rotherham.

academy principals

  • Richard Wood

    Principal Maltby Academy

    Appointed to the MLT in 2019 as Principal of Maltby Academy, Mr Wood has extensive experience as a Senior Leader and has worked in a number of Secondary settings across North, West and South Yorkshire. During his 12 years at King James’s School in Knaresborough, he secured ‘Good’ Ofsted judgements including ‘Outstanding’ for behaviour. He was seconded to Settle College, North Yorkshire to support the reorganisation of South Craven schools. As Principal at Mexborough Academy in 2015, he secured significant improvements in outcomes, behaviour and culture.

  • Yvonne Bootman

    Associate Principal Sir Thomas Wharton Academy

    Mrs Bootman is Associate Principal at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy. Prior to this, she was the Vice Principal at Netherwood Academy in Wombwell, Barnsley, where she was instrumental in merging two very challenging schools together and had responsibility for curriculum, timetabling, intervention, standards and achievement. Mrs Bootman has also held a number of leadership roles including Assistant Principal with responsibility for assessment and data across all key stages.

    In her four years of experience as a National Strategy Consultant for Barnsley Local Authority, Mrs Bootman worked closely with teachers in schools across the Local Authority to raise standards of teaching and learning, assessment and middle leadership, whilst working closely with teachers in the classroom to team teach as a skilled coach and mentor.

    Continued professional development is a key driver for Mrs Bootman and she is passionate about supporting staff with their own development and coaching. She has supported the training of others not only as a National Strategy Consultant but also as a coach on the National Leadership Pathways programme. Additionally, she was a facilitator in the NCSL Middle Leadership Development programme. Mrs Bootman has recently achieved National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). 

  • Liam Ransome

    Principal Wath Academy

    Mr Ransome was appointed as the new Principal at Wath Academy in September 2020. As Deputy Headteacher at Kingswood Academy, he was responsible for Teaching and Learning, Behaviour, Inclusion and Attendance, and was part of the senior leadership team which led the school from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’, delivering a Progress 8 score of +1.17. He has also worked as Deputy Headteacher at Amnuay SIlpa Bilingual School in Bangkok, Thailand where he implemented a safeguarding system, a new behaviour and rewards policy, attendance and punctuality systems and created the inhouse staff leadership development programme

  • Richard Pease

    Principal Maltby Lilly Hall Academy

    Formerly Vice-Principal of Maltby Redwood and an integral part of the leadership team which brought the school out of Special Measures to secure a ‘Good’ judgement in 2012. As an outstanding teacher, he has a detailed and instinctive knowledge of teaching and learning and a proven ability to improve the practice of others. Now Associate-Principal of Maltby Lilly Hall Academy, jointly responsible for improving the results profile of the school from the 53% to 78% combined attainment in two years. Was instrumental in the Academy securing a ‘Good’ judgement for leadership and management at the last inspection. Now drives good practice in Year 6 across the Maltby Learning Trust. Mr Pease is recognised for his outstanding Maths practice and for his contribution to rapidly raising attainment in Maths across the Trust primary Academies.

  • Heather O'Connor

    Principal Maltby Redwood Academy

    Recently appointed to the MLT, Mrs O’Connor is an experienced senior leader and a member of the National ‘Future Leaders’ programme – a National Programme targeted at developing leaders with the potential to become outstanding headteachers. Mrs O’Connor has led a number of key developments within her previous roles securing good practice in EYFS, Literacy/Reading and Data and Assessment. She is now leading developments in Relationships Education across the Primary Phase of the Maltby Learning Trust. Mrs O’Connor is a passionate advocate for professional development and the need to continually grow and develop all teachers and all school staff. She is an experienced mentor and coach and believes in the power of these approaches to release the potential of a school team to secure the best possible experiences for children.

  • Joanne Cliff

    Principal Maltby Manor Academy

    Mrs Cliff has worked within the Maltby Learning Community for over 25 years. Was seconded into a Special Measures school elsewhere in Rotherham in 2013, then brought back when Maltby Manor Academy joined the Maltby Learning Trust in a similar position. Worked firstly as Vice-Principal and then Principal of Maltby Manor, leading the Academy out of ‘Special Measures’ and securing a ‘Good’ OFSTED judgement in under three years. Has led the Academy on to become a securely good school which is used as a hub of good practice by Rotherham Local Authority. Now drives key areas of practice across the Trust, leading the science driver group and shaping the framework for ‘Early Career Development’ training across the primary Academies, driving innovative practice and ensuring the best possible experience for colleagues new to the profession.

  • Caroline Coates

    Principal Ravenfield Primary Academy

    An experienced headteacher with twenty years’ experience in primary school senior leadership. Previously a Local Authority advisor for English, implementing outstanding practice in schools across Rotherham. As head teacher at Laughton Primary School she led the school to a ‘Good’ outcome at inspection and was recognised by Ofsted as showing ‘strong leadership of teaching and learning’ during her last headship position in Sheffield. Mrs Coates has a detailed knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning and single-mindedly believes in the importance of all children receiving the highest quality educational experience. Mrs Coates works hard to invest in the future of the teaching profession, delivering lectures at Sheffield Hallam University and working closely with the departments responsible for the development of teacher training students.