Waterton Academy Trust

Where success is a shared experience

Trust Directors

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    Dave Dickinson (Chief Executive)

    I have worked in education for almost twenty years, teaching in colleges, universities, and primary schools across the Yorkshire region. I have held many posts, from class teacher through to my current position as CEO of Waterton Academy Trust. I feel extremely privileged to be working alongside such talented and committed colleagues both within our Trust and throughout the system leadership network. I currently represent academies on the Wakefield School's Forum, am a founding member of the Wakefield System Leaders Network, sit on the West Yorkshire Sub-Regional Group and have acted as the representative CEO for the  West Yorkshire and Lancashire region at the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools Multi Academy Trust CEO’s Primary School Roundtable. I believe the future is exciting and am passionate that whatever we do, we should always have the welfare of our children at the forefront of our thinking.

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    Russell MacNair (Director responsible for Governance, and Pupil Premium )

    I have been on the Governing body at Crofton Infants' School for approximately eight years and Chair for over six years. I also Chair the Resources committee. In this time three of my boys have either passed through or are still attending. For the past few years I have had the privilege of being the main child carer. I have used my spare time to become more involved in School Governance and had become Chair of the Wakefield Association of School Governors, and chaired another school in difficulty. I have also sat on The Wakefield Schools Forum.
    My varied work experience has involved cost accountancy, supply chain management and insurance underwriting. My strengths are very much in the fields of statistics and data analysis. I have done various pieces of work regarding movement to a new National Funding Formula, how deprivation can affect children’s outcomes, and bench-marking of schools cost bases. I look to add to the abilities already present within the M.A.T.
    In recent months I have set up a procurement consultancy initially specialising in water cost management and reduction.

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    Becky Cook (Director responsible for S.E.N.D.)

    Hi, I’m Becky. I am currently the chair of the Governing Body at Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery school and Vice Chair of the Governing Body of Normanton Junior Academy. I feel proud and privileged to be part of the Waterton Multi Academy Trust and work hard to support our children and schools.
    I bring experience and understanding of school governance and as an advisory teacher for Wakefield LA I have a deep knowledge and understanding of child development and education. I have a particular interest and expertise in the support and inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Over the last fifteen years I have taught in mainstream and specialist provisions before joining the advisory service where I deliver training and school support across Wakefield LA.
    I love Girl Guiding, walking, swimming, surfing, reading, camping and being around my friends but most of all having fun with my hubby and 3 young children!

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    Tony Harpham (Headteachers' Board representative)

    I have over 15 years’ experience of primary education as a teacher, coordinator, phase leader, Assistant Headteacher, Head of School and Headteacher in Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield and Kuwait. In all settings, the progress and outcomes for all learners has improved dramatically. I look forward to working closely with the staff and governors to ensure that this continues to be the case at Walton.

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    Paul Beaman (Chair of Directors)

    Paul comes from a business background and has experience in both the commercial and operational side of business; he is currently a Regional Director for Keyline (part of the Travis Perkins Group).  Living locally in Walton, Paul became involved in Walton Primary five years ago as a parent governor and subsequently became Vice-Chair and Chair of Governors for the school. During this time he has helped to convert the school to an academy and was part of the team who created Waterton Academy Trust.
    Now, as Chair of Directors for the MAT, Paul is able to utilise his experience in business, alongside his passion for ensuring that children benefit from an enjoyable and strong education.
    As well as spending time with his wife and two children, Paul enjoys most sports but especially football and golf.

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    Paul Halliday (Director responsible for Finance, and Chair of Resources Committee)

    Paul is currently the finance director of a start-up investment and funding group with activities ranging from property investment and development to investing directly in companies. Paul spent the 10 years prior to his current role with KPMG, one of the top 4 accountancy and advisory practices in the world.
    Paul became a parent governor of Normanton Common around 5 years ago and is the current Chair of Governors.  During this time he helped the school transition to an academy and become part of Waterton Academy Trust.  Paul’s wealth of experience in business and finance stands him in good stead for his role as a Trust Director and Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
    Paul is married with four children and enjoys all things sports related.

  • Naz Younis (Director)

    Being a mum of two young children and an Assistant Headteacher in a large Junior school in Kirklees, I feel that I have acquired an in-depth knowledge in improving children’s education and supporting any school. I care about improving children’s educational attainment and want to contribute to the community where I live. I am not afraid to ask questions... I am driven by achieving the best life outcomes for the children in our care. I have a keen interest in data analysis and tracking the progress and attainment of pupils.
    In my spare time, I like playing pool and cricket. I'm a massive fan of the cinema and love watching psychological thrillers and of course, the Fast and Furious collection (can't wait for number 8!!!).

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    Larraine Harrison (Director responsible for School Improvement)

    I have been Chair of Sharlston Community School since 2009 and have a background in Education. I have a Masters Degree in Education and an R S A Diploma in Drama in Education.
    I qualified as a primary teacher in 1969 but over the years I have also taught in a special school, a secondary school and an FE College. I have also been a Local Authority curriculum support teacher, a freelance education consultant, an Ofsted Inspector, a Local Authority literacy consultant and a School Improvement Adviser.
    I have worked mostly in the Wakefield and Barnsley areas but over the past 20 years I have also run many courses for serving teachers all over the country, on creative approaches to English and Drama and have written 5 books for teachers.
    I am now retired and have two granddaughters, who go to Crofton schools.
    It continues to be a privilege to work for Sharlston School and I look forward to being part of the Waterton MAT team.

  • Helen Mangham (Director)

    I have been involved in Education for about 35 years, mostly in the Primary age range, and have worked in schools in Leeds, Wakefield and Rotherham.  I retired from the role as Headteacher in 2010, but have maintained involvement in schools through part-time teaching (supply work) and as Governor at South Kirkby Academy.
    In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs and spending time with my two, very young, grandchildren.

  • Steve Johnson (Director)

    I have worked as a civil servant for over 18 years and prior to this as a food chemist within a microbiology laboratory. I have a wonderful wife and 2 children who keep me on my toes. As a family we love the outdoors and spending quality time together, which is not always easy in a busy work and family life. For this reason I am passionate about education and particularly supporting schools in developing a rich learning environment. More recently I have spent time developing my contribution to the local community by volunteering both within schools and further education. I secured a role within Walton Primary Academy in 2015 as a governor tasked with looking at the enrichment of the curriculum, something that soon developed into me being asked to take up the role of Chair in February 2016. I love to see all the children in the school enjoy themselves and will do anything within my remit to ensure all are able to fulfil their potential whilst at school. I sit as a member on the schools forum, as a representative of Academies, this has enabled me to gain a broad view of the local authority in regards to funding pressures etc. and ensure the voices of our academies are heard. I have always had a passion for the learning experience of all our children and look forward to supporting my fellow Directors in the development of all the Waterton Academy Trust schools.

  • Andrew Goudie (Director)

    I am currently working as a qualified Equity Release Advisor. I have also worked in recruitment and leisure, in management roles and have had a wealth of managerial training and experience. I bring with me a varied skill set and an open mind. I am a parent myself, with two lovely daughters, who never cease to set me new challenges and provide insights as a dad and a governor. My interest in education stems from my mother who was a Nursery School teacher, and Headteacher and deeply involved in the development of Early Years Education. It is not surprising that my first voluntary role was as a member and Chair of the Wrenthorpe Preschool committee. I am deeply committed to ensuring that all children get the best possible start in life through a rich, varied, inclusive and engaging primary school environment and have been privileged to serve at Wrenthorpe Primary as a parent governor in the Resources Committee and be involved in its progress towards becoming a part of the Waterton MAT. It is my earnest hope that I can continue to play an integral part in the future growth and success of all of the schools, staff and children within the Trust.