Wingfield Advisory Group

Russell Heritage


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Russell is a recently retired Secondary Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and Local Leader of Education. He worked for 38 years in South Yorkshire schools initially as a teacher of Physical Education before moving into middle and senior leadership. Russell is passionate about the impact education can have on improving the life chances of young people especially disadvantaged students. He brings a wealth of experience in secondary education and understands the challenges and opportunities that secondary schools and trusts face. Russell is an advocate for the school led system and is keen to influence trust board decisions which will impact on the lives of future generations. Russell has lived in the Pontefract area for most of his life, his son and daughter both attended New College Pontefract. He is a keen sportsman and has enjoyed participating in and watching sport.

Ann Jamieson

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Ann has had leadership roles including Head of Physical Education, Head of Personal Social & Health Education and Head of Year in secondary schools in England. She had a two-year 0.5 seconded post to Sheffield Local Education Authority acting as Special Advisor for Physical Education. In her career in Higher Education, she has been PE PGCE Course Leader; Institutional Lead for Teach First; as Principal Lecturer, she has been responsible for the leadership of UG Secondary Teacher Education and is currently responsible for Teach First, SCITT and Post 16 Teacher Education. Ann is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her local, national and international leadership in LTA.

Susan Gladwin

Safeguarding and SENDCo Lead

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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.

Claire Hartle

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Claire works for Early Help 0-19 service as an Outreach and Engagement worker. Her role involves supporting children and families in order to provide better outcomes for children and young people. She has previously worked in a range of different educational settings from early years to post 16. Claire became a school governor in 2015 as she wanted to support the school that her children attended. Claire has four children, three sons who have all previously attended Wingfield Academy and a daughter who will hopefully follow them in the future.

Nick Davies

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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.

Jamie Ingham

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As an ex-Wingfield Academy student Jamie is enthusiastic about giving back to the school and the local community which served him well. Still at the early stages of his career Jamie works as a marketing consultant to e-commerce businesses with an analytical approach and a keen eye for attention to detail. He is a keen sportsman recently playing and coaching football at a high standard and enjoys participating in sporting events.

Jill Wheater

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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!.

Richard Dunne

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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.

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