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)

With an extensive, successful career in the Law Sector, Adam’s knowledge and expertise affords the Castleford Academy Governing board a vast and unparalleled range of challenge and judgement.

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

Adam is also a Trustee of Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL), a charitable trust which manages 13 leisure facilities and swimming pools on behalf of Kirklees council. Further to this, Adam created Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA) in 2014 and was honoured to be appointed Chair. Adam is invited to speak at various events about the promotion of the Alliance, to raise awareness of those living with dementia and also, to establish a greater understanding of the efforts undertaken by their carers.

Adam has also become a keen supporter of Huddersfield University, specifically the Law Department and Law Clinic, and has been invited to assist with regular training sessions for the students and the Law Clinic concerning client care and practice management.

Adam became a Community Governor at Castleford Academy in July 2015 and was then 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,
United Kingdom,

John Iveson – Trustee

With primary experience in the Emergency Service Sector, and a specific focus on health and safety, John brings a plethora of established challenge and guidance to the Castleford Academy governing board.

John has been a Trustee at Castleford Multi Academy Trust since April 2016, following fifteen years as a governor at Three Lane Ends Academy, of which eight years were spent as Chair of Governors. During that time, John was part of the Standards Committee, Health & Safety Committee and Finance & Personal Committee. As Chair of Governors, John was profoundly involved in the conversion of Three Lane Ends becoming an Academy.

John has had a long and successful career in the Emergency Service Sector, beginning as a firefighter, before becoming a Crew Commander with West Yorkshire Fire Service. John was also the Brigade Organiser for the Fire Brigade Union in West Yorkshire. During this time, John was responsible for the health and safety of his team which comprised involvement in numerous grievances, disciplinary action and the development of HR policies. John retired from this position in 2016. Both of these roles afforded John the opportunity to manage an assortment of challenges, awarding him a specialised skillset which he brings to the role of Trustee. As a father of two sons, John has a keen interest in the standard of education offered to future generations, and not just academically, with the teaching of life and social skills being equally important before students take their next steps into the adult world.

Marie Hunter​​: NPQH; NLE – Trustee

With broad and comprehensive experience in the Education sector, both in a teaching and leadership capacity, Marie’s accomplishments and understanding provide inestimable benefit and service to the Castleford Academy Trust.

Marie started her career as an English teacher but enjoyed wider experiences as Coordinator of SEND, Careers and as a Pastoral leader, before becoming Co-Headteacher of Wakefield City High School.

In March 2013, Marie co-led Wakefield City Academy through its third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Inspection (Grade 1 in all categories). Following this, Marie gained accreditations as a National Leader of Education.

As part of her NLE work, Marie coordinated and brokered support from external providers for 9 primary schools and 7 secondary schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Working with their school improvement team and a primary consultant, Marie monitored the action plans and the work of the support teams against specific budgets, timescales and outcome targets.

Upon conversion to an Academy, and formation of a Trust, Marie continued to co-lead the Academy but also became a Senior Director of the Trust, seconded to work two days each week mentoring new head teachers, and working with secondary school head teachers and leadership teams to improve education and raise standards within a positive and caring ethos.

In addition to this, Marie was formerly a facilitator for NPQSL and NPQML, organising and delivering inset and training courses. Marie also led training and hosted events for the SSAT, Whole Education and The National Leading Edge Partnership, as well as presenting at local and national conferences for these organisations. As a Leading Edge Coordinator, Marie led a team, working with two local secondary schools and two from Country Durham to organise joined CPD, training and immersion visits to share best practice.

Marie is also a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer.

Marie was also the Co-Chair of the Wakefield Learning Community; a collaborative group providing CPD, network meetings and school improvement conferences for the Wakefield District. Although retired, Marie still retains a passion for education, believing that all students should receive the best education possible and feels privileged to be part of the Castleford Academy Trust.

John Morrison – Trustee

John is currently the Resources Director at WDH (Wakefield District Housing) and has responsibility for Treasury, Finance, Accounting, Legal, Procurement, Business Strategy and Performance, Risk Management and ICT Business Systems. Additionally, John is also a Director of Bridges Homes (Yorkshire) LLP, a joint venture with Wakefield Council.

John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). In addition to this, John holds a First Class Honours Degree in Management and Accounting, also obtaining a Masters Degree with Distinction in Finance and Accounting.

Prior to John’s twelve years working in the Housing Sector with WDH, John held the posts of Finance Director, Company Secretary, Pension Trustee (Chair), Financial Controller, and Management Accountant in the private sector in Mining, Engineering, Construction, and Insurance. John’s comprehensive participation in multiple posts affords John a profound knowledge in the spheres of Finance and Accounting which he delivers to the Castleford Academy Trust.

John is also a Director and Treasurer of Castleford Heritage Trust and is the independent member of Wakefield Council’s Audit Committee. John is also a Former President, Director and Treasurer of the White Rose Credit Union.

John has previously been a School Governor at St Wilfrid’s High School and Sixth Form College and prior to this, The Sacred Heart School, Hemsworth, where John was Governor for eighteen years and fulfilled the role of Chair for eight years.

Jennifer McNichol: NPQH – Trustee

Responsible for SEND and Safeguarding

Jennifer’s considerable experience working for Wakefield Local Authority in multiple capacities affords the Castleford Academy Trust a valuable member.

Previously, Jennifer worked for Wakefield Local Authority for almost 40 years as a primary school teacher, Deputy and Headteacher. Primarily working in the Castleford area, Jennifer became Headteacher at Airedale Infants before becoming the Headteacher of Hemsworth Grove Lea Primary school for 10 years until retirement. In her role as Headteacher, Jennifer was involved with many networks for school improvement and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management at the University of Huddersfield.

Following retirement, Jennifer worked as an Executive Head teacher, supporting leadership and management in three Wakefield primary schools. She has served on a variety of governing bodies for 40 years with designated roles for Special Educational Needs and Early Years. Jennifer keeps updated through educational publications and is a life member of the National Association of Head Teachers.

Jennifer volunteers regularly at a local primary school teaching individual and small groups of children to improve their phonics, reading and writing skills, Jennifer also helps with the administration of statutory assessments and assists with many educational visits and finds volunteering very rewarding. As a Trustee, Jennifer sees the benefits the Trust brings to all its member schools and believes that the education and aspirations of its pupils are key to its future success.

Jonathon Hughes – Trustee

Jon Hughes is the Managing Director HARIBO UK & HARIBO Ireland, positions he has held since November 2018.

Jon, has been part of the HARIBO business since 2017 and during this time, he has supported continued year-on-year growth; worked on the strategic introduction of HARIBO’s new sugar reduced products, accelerated the roll out Haribo’s own retail stores as well as continue the development of Haribo’s iconic advertising.

Jon has extensive commercial leadership experience across the consumer goods and healthcare sectors and studied Business and Finance at the University of Luton and Leadership at London Business School.

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)

John is the founding member and, currently, a Member and Trustee for Castleford Academy Trust. John is also a governor for both Castleford Academy and Castleford Park Junior Academy Governing Bodies. Outside of school governance, John is Vice Chair of the local Labour party ward and Delegate to the Labour constituency party and district Labour party. John’s vast experience on local governing boards, coupled with his lengthy career within the Trade Union Sector, afford John substantial awareness which provides instruction and challenge to the Castleford Academy governing board.

John has been a school governor since 1990, beginning as a parent governor when his children attended the school, to the present day where John is now a community governor. John has acquired an abundance of skills through his first-hand experience during this time and has witnessed both exam results and pupil progress improve at Castleford Academy.

John retired in April 2016, following a notable career where John spent 37 years as a Trade Union Representative and 12 years as a full-time HR Specialist Trade Union Official for Unison (representing members in schools and children’s services). Other duties John carried out during his career include performing restructures in schools, TUPE transfers of staff and individual cases of disciplinary action and grievances, along with school mergers. In his role, John was able to observe how schools and services evolved over the years and used this information to construct lessons for his own schools,

To remain updated, John attends numerous training courses each year and reads information distributed by DfE, NGA and other governor websites.

John has been a delegate to Wakefield District School Forum for the past 13 years, initially from his union, Unison, and more recently as an Academy School Governor. John has found this role useful for sharing best practice across the district and ensuring that the Castleford Academy Trust are adhering to this guidance.

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 Member 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.​

Tim Morris – Member

Tim’s successful career in retail management offers Castleford Academy Trust a plethora of expertise, particularly surrounding leadership and development. Throughout his thirty-four-year career, Tim assumed a variety of roles but principally worked as a Store Manager of a leading food retailer. As a Store Manager, Tim was afforded the fantastic opportunity to lead teams of up to five hundred colleagues across the North of England in Lancashire, West Yorkshire and the North East, most recently working in South Yorkshire until his retirement in 2018. Among Tim’s responsibilities were spotting, growing and leading talent development from within his own store teams. Tim found it extremely gratifying to observe colleagues thrive and flourish when given the opportunity to work with them, and consequently developed a strong track record of success in this field. Tim also has a robust HR background and frequently became involved in disciplinary and appeals processes across the regions in which he worked.

Tim has a vast amount of governance experience, through a previous governor role on Ackworth Howard’s governing board and his current position on the Crofton Academy governing board.  These roles have contributed to his understanding of the education context of all age groups.

Tim is extremely passionate about the progression and betterment of education settings and is always keen to learn, remaining updated with the NGA and DfE sources. Tim relishes the opportunity to work alongside proficient education practitioners and, where applicable, offer advice, guidance and comprehensive challenge. Tim strongly supports the notion of education for all, wherever and however that be delivered, to promote all children achieving their full potential.

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