Castleford Academy Trust

Members & Trustees


The Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction of the Academy Trust. They set the vision for the trust, development plans, general policy and the budget. The Trustees monitor performance in education, compliance and finance. They make major decisions about the direction of the Academy Trust, capital expenditure and senior staff appointments. The Board of Trustees holds each governing body of academies within the Trust to account.


The role of members in the running of the trust is one of oversight.The members are responsible for monitoring the performance of the board of trustees and to ensure that the charitable object is being fulfilled.

List of Members and Trustees

Adam Fletcher – Member & Trustee (Chair of Trustees)

I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 having trained with Hartley & Worstenholme at the Castleford and Pontefract offices. Specialising in Property and Practice Management I am currently the Managing Director of Ridley & Hall Legal Limited, a multi award winning law firm based in Huddersfield.

I am also a Trustee of Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL), a charitable trust which manages 13 leisure facilities and swimming pools on behalf of Kirklees Council.

In 2014 I created Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA) and was honored to be appointed Chair. I am invited to speak at various events about the promotion of the Alliance and to raise awareness of those living with dementia and their carers.

I have become a keen supporter of Huddersfield University, in particular the Law Department and Law Clinic and have been invited to assist with regular training sessions for the students and the Law Clinic concerning client care and practice management.

I became a Community Governor at Castleford Academy in July 2015 and was appointed as Trustee of Castleford Academy Trust in January 2016.

If you wish to contact Mr Fletcher please direct mail to:

c/o Castleford Academy
Ferrybridge Road
WF10 4JQ

John Iveson – Trustee

I have been a Trustee at Castleford Multi Academy Trust since April 2016.  For 15 years I was also a governor at Three Lane Ends Academy which included being Chair of Governors for the last 8 years.  During that time I was part of the Standards Committee, Health & Safety Committee and Finance & Personnel Committee.  As Chair of Governors I was involved in the conversion of Three Lane Ends becoming an Academy. 

After 30 years’ service as a firefighter and then Crew Commander, I retired from the Fire Service in 2016.  In both roles I learned to deal with many and varied challenges.  My experience in the Fire Service has enabled me to bring a wide and varied skill set to the role of Trustee.

I am married with two sons, both of whom attended Three Lane Ends Primary School and Castleford High School (as the Academy was then known).  As a father I have a vested interest in the standard of education offered to future generations, and not just academically as I believe life and social skills are equally important as well before they take their next step into the adult world.

Marie Hunter​​: NPQH; NLE – Trustee

I started my career as an English teacher and after many roles became Co-Headteacher of Wakefield City High School in September 2010.

On conversion to an academy, and formation of a trust, I also became a Senior Director of the Trust, seconded to work 2 days each week with secondary school head teachers and leadership teams to improve education across the trust.

In March 2013 I Co-led Wakefield City Academy through its third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Inspection.  (Grade 1 in all categories) and gained accreditation as a National Leader of Education.

I was a facilitator for NPQSL and NPQML and also led training and hosted events for the SSAT, Whole Education and The National Leading Edge Partnership as well as presenting locally and nationally ​for both organisations.

I am also a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer.

I was the Co-chair of the Wakefield Learning Community which is a collaborative group providing CPD, network meetings and school improvement conferences for the Wakefield District. ​

As part of my NLE work I coordinated and brokered support for 9 primary schools and 7 secondary schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Working with their school improvement team I monitored the action plans and the work of the support teams against specific budgets and timescales.

I retired in January 2017 but still have a passion for education and believe all students should have the best education possible.

I became a Trustee for Castleford Academy Trust in 2017.​

John Morrison – Trustee

I am the Resources Director at WDH, I have responsibility for Treasury, Finance, Accounting, Legal, Procurement, Business Strategy and Performance, Risk Management, and ICT Business Systems;  I am also a Director of Bridges Homes (Yorkshire) LLP, a Joint Venture with Wakefield Council.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA); I have a First Class Honours Degree in Management and Accounting, and a Masters Degree with Distinction in Finance and Accounting.

Prior to my twelve years in Housing with WDH, I held posts of Finance Director, Company Secretary, Pension Trustee (Chair), Financial Controller, and Management Accountant in the private sector in Mining, Engineering, Construction, and Insurance.

I am a Director and Treasurer of Castleford Heritage Trust, and I am the independent member of Wakefield Council’s Audit Committee.

I am a Former President, Director and Treasurer of the White Rose Credit Union.  I was a school Governor for 18 years, and Chair for eight years, at The Sacred Heart School, Hemsworth, I was also a Governor at St. Wilfrid’s High School and Sixth Form College.

Jennifer McNichol: NPQH – Trustee

I worked for Wakefield Local Authority for almost 40 years as a primary school teacher, Deputy and Headteacher.  Mostly working in the Castleford area I became Headteacher at Airedale Infants before my final 10 years as Headteacher at Hemsworth Grove Lea Primary.

Following retirement I worked as an Executive Headteacher supporting Leadership and Management in three primary schools.  I also served as a Governor at my local primary school, still a volunteer at my old school and I volunteer regularly at a primary school judged Outstanding by Ofsted.

I am a former pupil of Castleford Grammar School and believe that the education and aspirations of its children are the key to Castleford’s future success and prosperity.

George Panayiotou – Trustee

I have been the Headteacher of Castleford Academy and the Accounting Officer of Castleford Academy Trust since 2013. I started my teaching career at Castleford Academy in 2003 as a Teacher of PE and have developed and gained a vast amount of leadership experience from there.  I am a National Leader of Education which has seen me support numerous schools nationally on school improvement including pupil premium and school reviews.  I am also the chair of the Wakefield Secondary Headteacher’s Board and contribute to other local and regional working groups, including the West Yorkshire Strategic Partnership group.

I am totally committed to raising standards and to providing all pupils, staff and trainee teachers with opportunities to excel.  In October 2019, I led Castleford Academy to become the first secondary school in the country to gain an Outstanding Ofsted rating under the newly introduced framework. 

I am experienced in delivering training both locally and nationally including leading and hosting a range of CPD and training for NPQEL and NPQSL. My extensive coaching skills and experience are used to improve teaching, develop leadership, accountability and improve the performance of key members of staff.

John Hughes – Member and Trustee (Chair of Members)

I am the founding member and currently a Member and Trustee for Castleford Academy Trust.  I am also a governor for both Castleford Academy and Castleford Park Junior Academy Governing Bodies. Outside of school governance I am Vice Chair of the local Labour party ward and Delegate to the Labour constituency party and district Labour party.

I have been a school governor since 1990, starting as a parent governor when my children were at school to the present day, where I am now a community governor.

I have picked up a great deal of experience and skills in that time. And seeing exam results at Castleford Academy improve over the years as well as the progress made by all pupils.

I have been retired since April 2016, where I spent 37 years as a trade union rep and 12 years as a full time HR specialist trade union official for Unison representing members in schools and Children services.  Doing restructures in schools. TUPE transfers of staff and individual cases of disciplinaries and grievances. Also school mergers.  In my role I got to see how schools and services evolved over the years and used this to take back lessons learnt to my own schools.

To keep updated I attend numerous training courses each year and read information sent out from DFE, NGA and other governor websites.

Angela Pool – Member​

I am educated to degree-level, with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon receiving my degree, I proceeded to gain 20 years of marketing experience within Retail and Financial industries.

Currently, I work with a Global Bank with a turnover of £11 million in which I lead a team who deploy a variety of projects across Marketing Channels (both digital, print and point of sale). The role constitutes a combination of leadership, innovation, problem-solving, relationship-building, Human Resources and financial acumen. Another key aspect of my role involves mentoring and leading training sessions and educational days for Clients.

Jo Budby​ – Member

I am the Company Secretary and Finance Director for TEi Ltd, a specialist engineering company in Wakefield, having worked in company finance all my working life. Our company forged links with Castleford Academy a number of years ago as we recognised the importance of education in the development of future engineers and craftsmen in our industry.

I was previously a governor for Castleford Academy from 2014 to 2016 and I am now proud to sit as a Trustee on the Board of Castleford Academy Trust.

I have a strong belief in educational opportunities for all children, regardless of background or academic ability and look forward to sharing my business experience and knowledge to help create those opportunities. Being involved with Castleford Academy has been an enriching and rewarding experience and I look forward to being part of the success of all of the schools in the Castleford Academy Trust.​

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