All Academy Trusts have two layers of governance – Members and Directors. Some (like NCLT) choose to have a third, i.e., Advisory Groups. Details of Members and Directors can be found on the Trust’s website – Our Advisory Group can be found below.

All governance and financial information can be found on the Trust policies page –

Current Advisory Group members

Richard Dunne

Chair of the Advisory Group (parent appointed)

Date Appointed: 09/05/2022

Chair from 07/09/23

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My ethos is to ‘make a difference’ to peoples’ lives, this led me into my career in Pharmacy and has been my guiding principle in each role I have subsequently held. From working in a pharmacy as a Pharmacist/Manager through my recent roles in Boots head office I’ve always focused on how I can directly or through other, positively impact patients. I work currently as the Senior Manager responsible for professional capability at Boots and my previous role as Professional Standards (Governance) Manager for Boots UK, both roles have brought valuable insights I feel would support me as an Advisory Group Member of Wingfield Academy. I am also the vice chair of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee for Barnsley; I support and deputise for the chair of the group. I am an active committee member on behalf of contractors in Barnsley and patients across the borough. My son is currently at the academy and my daughter will be joining the academy in a couple of years, so I have a very personal commitment to the ongoing success of the academy.

Susan Gladwin

Safeguarding and SENDCo Lead (Board appointed)

Date Appointed: 12/05/2020

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I am currently married and a mother to a son and two daughters. I am a proud grandma to five grandchildren. Before retiring I was employed as a Deputy Headteacher in the Primary sector with responsibilities for SEND and Safeguarding. I also held the role of SENCo for a several years. This interest has led me to my current role as a SEND support worker. I have 25 years’ experience of Governance both in the Primary and Secondary sector. 15 years of this in the role of Chair going from Special Measures to Good. Whilst my passion lies with SEND and Safeguarding, I have experience of all areas of governance.

Nick Davies

Advisor (Board appointed)

Date Appointed: 12/05/2020

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Nick is a Chartered Surveyor and for the past 12 years he has been a joint owner and director of 3 main businesses within the Sirius Group of Companies, employing 20 staff and comprising Environmental Engineering, Planning and Renewable Energy (developing wind turbines and solar farms). Nick was previously a parent governor at Thorpe Hesley infants, juniors and primary school and a parent governor and Trustee at Wingfield Academy.

Al Heppenstall

Advisor (parent appointed)

Date Appointed:

Jill Wheater

Advisor (parent appointed)

Date Appointed: 09/05/2022

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I have two children, my youngest is currently a pupil at Wingfield Academy. I have been a school governor in other schools but never where my children have attended, I wanted to be a part of and support the school that my child attends, so this is an exciting opportunity for me. I have worked at the Department for Education for over 6 years in various roles/teams, building my knowledge of different aspects of the educational world. At present I work for the Education Skills and Funding Agency which is part of the Department for Education. Prior to this, I spent 19 years in the private sector working in retail and hospitality management. Excellent customer service is always my priority and I am very much a people-person!.

Claire Wilkins



Date Appointed: 01/05/2024

Gareth Barker

Advisor (Board appointed)

Date Appointed: 12/05/2020

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Gareth Barker is the Chief Operating Officer and a Board Director at Sheffield Forgemasters, a company owned by the Ministry of Defence. He is responsible for the entire operational and production elements of the 64 acre site.

Gareth started working at Sheffield Forgemasters at the age of 19 as an apprentice machinist and over the years, worked his way up through the business, taking various management and director roles to become one of three executive board directors.

He oversees all manufacturing output at the site and takes overall responsibility for the company’s £400 million recapitalisation programme, to create one of the world’s most advanced large-scale engineering facilities.

Gareth oversees manufacturing for industries as diverse as defence, civil nuclear, offshore and wider power generation markets and also has to enable, upskill and inspire the company’s 600 strong workforce.

All of the Advisory Group members (except the Headteacher) serve a 4 year term of office.

Advisory Group members’ attendance records and register of interests can be found on the Trust’s website –

Advisory Group members who have stepped down

Sally Sukumar – Date Stepped Down: 15/06/2023

Russell Heritage – Date Stepped Down: 06/09/2023

Jamie Ingham – Date Stepped Down: 05/02/2024

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