NCD Advisory Group

Alison Megahy

Chair of the NCD Advisory Group

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For over three decades Alison has been involved in the delivery and leadership of academic and vocational learning. After working as a Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Headteacher in two large secondary schools, she took up a role as a Senior Advisor at Doncaster Local Authority, responsible for implementing the 14-19 strategy, monitoring activity across the borough’s secondary schools and supporting structural intervention. Alison is currently Vice Principal at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield, responsible for curriculum and quality. Throughout her career, Alison has persistently championed strategies to improve teaching, learning and assessment to impact positively on the life chances of young people.

Brendon Fletcher (ex-officio)

Principal NCD

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I have been employed within the organisation since 2008 years, prior to which I worked for 8 years in an 11-18 setting. Before moving to my current role as Principal at New College Doncaster, I moved through a variety of leadership roles, including Head of Mathematics, Senior College Manager, Assistant Principal and Vice Principal, all at New College Pontefract. Establishing New College Doncaster as a new 16-19 academy has perhaps been my most significant and rewarding role, and the college has experienced significant growth since opening, with a strong first set of external results. In earlier roles I enjoyed particular focus on data, quality and standards, have been involved in human resources work (such as reorganisations, consultations and investigations), and have contributed to the development of both governance and the organisation’s teaching school alliance. I have significant experience of governance, having acted in the past as a teacher governor, a LA governor within a middle school, an LGB governor for a primary school within a MAT, and through my senior leadership roles within New Collaborative Learning Trust. In earlier years, I was chair of the board of trustees of a Yorkshire-wide sexual health charity and am a trustee of an orchestra in Leeds.

Karen Green

Safeguarding and SEND Lead

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I have been in Education since qualifying as Teacher of Physical Education in 1993. I firmly believe that all young people regardless of their background or barriers to learning should have access to a good standard of education that enables them to develop both academically and socially and emotionally. Many of my roles in the schools I have worked in have focussed on Pastoral and Inclusion as I feel strongly this supports the development of all young people.

I am currently Executive Headteacher of a Pupil Referral Unit in Doncaster which caters for pupils with SEMH and ASD need. A significant amount of my work is looking at how pupils can be engaged in their learning and appropriately supported to achieve their potential despite the barriers to learning they may have.

I currently have a son who is in Y12 at New College Doncaster. Out of work I am a keen runner and am a member of a local running club.

Jane Burton

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I Joined Sheffield Park Academy in September 2016 (after 12 years at Minsthorpe Community College – Head of Year 12, Teacher of IT) as Associate Senior Leader for Pastoral Progress and Standards. I was promoted to Assistant Principal – Behaviour & Attitudes in January 2017 (Ofsted rated behaviour as 2+ in October 2017. VI Form was found to be RI and I was asked to take on that role April 2018. I have since reformed every aspect of the VI Form provision, academic and pastoral incorporating Education with Character and Cultural Capital. A lead Ofsted inspector was invited in on three occasions to conduct an independent inspection of VI Form. The last inspection in February 2020 classified the provision as outstanding.

Frederika Roberts

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Frederika is a former teacher (PGCE) with 11-16 classroom experience. Following this, she worked in recruitment for 12 years, culminating in her co-running a recruitment firm while running a small food production business and a social media training business.

In 2013, she began her current work as a positive psychology / happiness / wellbeing speaker and trainer. Most of her work is now in positive and character education, topics she also lectures in at postgraduate level. Frederika has authored several books on these topics. She holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education.

Arshad Khaliq

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I am a seasoned senior manager and executive with over twenty years of expertise gained within complex public-sector organisations, offshore companies and the voluntary sector. I have expert level understanding of transformation management that began early in my career from a supplier perspective and as my career progressed within the public sector, I became very familiar with the benefits and risks that are often attached to managing large scale business change.

My current roles, off-shore and at local government allow me to continue developing, operating and achieving benefits for partners, arm-length organisations and Digital services. I have demonstrable success in improving public services and applying good business practices to achieve beneficial results with strong intellectual and analytical abilities. I have excellent knowledge of best practice programme/project management delivery methodologies and a successful record of achievement implementing project governance and maintaining financial control.

I am highly committed to good corporate governance at board level and since completing my MBA thesis I have a newfound passion to continue with applied research and encourage best practice and improvement of board performance particularly within the charity and education sectors. I continue to serve as a Non-executive Director on boards, to advance the board and management teams. These roles have given me a detailed knowledge of social enterprises, including an understanding of the charity sector’s role in building a bigger, stronger society and with a strong commitment to understanding the charity sector’s effective; independent; proportionate; and; impartial regulation.

After successfully completing my MBA and attending Harvard Business School I developed a newfound interest in applied academia and exploring my authentic values in leadership. These values stem from wishing to be socially responsible and playing my part in preparing the next generation. Consequently, I have a genuine desire to excel my passion to serve non-profit organisations. I am very enthusiastic about selecting the right opportunities at board level and have constructively challenged conventional wisdom of the board and gained support for my recommendations for strategic change by motivating and supporting the board and extensively utilising my excellent communication, influencing and listening skills. More recently, I have founded the first Ethnic Culture Staff Network at Doncaster Council and have been elected to serve as Chair influencing transformational change by working collaboratively with colleagues. I sit on the local primary school board as Chairman of the Parents Council and currently Governor, continuing my work over the next three years. My board experience specialities revolve around governance; culture; strategy; change; risk; and management and leadership. I have a ‘can do’ positive attitude and a ‘work smart’ work ethic allowing me to achieve the best.

I am a practising Muslim residing in Finningley, Doncaster with my wife and three children. Having suffered in silence for many years regarding my deafness I have learned to overcome my physical impairment. I have a keen interest in our climate and the impact of human consumption and its consequences. I am eager to learn more about mental health and wellbeing hence have participated in many discussions, debates and workshops exploring this topic. Recently, I have further developed my life-long passion for diversity, inclusion and equality reflecting upon my own experiences. I continue reading and attending lectures, debates and discussions aiming to promote a healthy environment for transformational change.

Rachel Yorke

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I have been in the teaching profession for since 1995 in a range of schools from an independent school for 7-16 year olds in Khartoum, Sudan to mainstream primary schools and now a Special school provision for 5-19 year olds. I have held many, varied roles within these schools including subject leader for Maths and Music, SENCo, Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher and currently Assistant Head Teacher in a special school with responsibility for lower school, curriculum, learning and teaching and outcomes. A very short time after moving to my current role in 2014, the school was judged by OFSTED to be inadequate and the Local Authority began proceedings to close the school. Three years later, OFSTED arrived again and judged the school to be ‘Good’ and in May 2019 we achieved ‘Outstanding’ judgements in all areas.

My interests outside work are in spending time on my narrowboat, cruising the canals whenever possible and I would love to be able to spend time taking part in musical activities as a keen singer and cellist.

My most important and significant roles are that of mother and wife; my daughter is due to begin Y12 at New College Doncaster in September 2021

Zoe Exton

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I am a parent advisor for New College Doncaster who fully supports a collaborative approach to learning and have seen this in action for myself. I have been impressed by the way the New College Doncaster acts to maintain the wellbeing of students while delivering an educational experience that achieves excellent academic outcomes.

In my own professional life I am a Quality Development Officer within the probation service. I have responsibility to contribute to the development of excellence in the quality of work undertaken with offenders and victims by working in partnership with divisional/local managers and operational staff. In order to carry out this role I use my experience as a Probation Officer, a role I qualified for in 2015 by attaining a BA Hons degree in Community Justice from Sheffield Hallam University, and my 20 years of working within this service in carrying out various administrative, managerial and operational roles.

During this service I have gained valuable insight in how to support and encourage positive behaviours and the importance of education, training and employment in shaping successful lives. I fully endorse the empowerment of young people to recognise the importance of positive personal behaviour as well as develop personal skills and have a sense of achievement in their education. By driving and maintaining a holistic approach to excellence in the education, New College Doncaster is shaping not only successful individuals but also working collaboratively with the communities they live in. I will use my knowledge and skills to both support and challenge, where appropriate to do so, the Board of Governance and make a positive contribution to the continued success of the college, the students and the communities its educational delivery serves.

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