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Jacquie Driver BSc FCA

Jacquie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and lives in Deptford, South –east London.

She was a partner in KPMG’s Financial Sector practice until March 2012.  During her 30 year career at KPMG she worked on a variety of clients in audit, tax and transactions services.

Jacquie is a committed Christian and worships at St Paul’s Shadwell.  She now spends most of her time volunteering for Christian charities in London including City Gateway 14-19 Alternative Provision, John Carr (debt advice charity) and is treasurer at St Paul’s Shadwell.

Jacquie joined the trustee board of City Gateway in 2008 as a financial specialist and resigned in June 2012 to become the Chair of Governors of City Gateway 14-19 Alternative Provision.  A position which she continues to hold.


Ian Brown Qualified as accountant ACMA 1975

As Accountant

1. Developed and implemented a bespoke financial management system for Yorkshire Water. This included financial reporting and audit safeguards.

2. Lead a team that developed and implemented new payroll and creditor payments systems.

3. Lead a team that developed and implemented an asset management system.

4. Solely developed relationships with The Department of the Environment (as it was) that lead to Yorkshire Water being allowed to bid for ERDF funding for capital projects.

Subsequently bid for and obtained £38million contribution to a specific programme of works across Yorkshire.

As an Investment Programme Leader

1 I was accountable for over £400 million of investment in Yorkshire Waters Capital programme. This included investment in clean and dirty water projects. The role involved identifying and delivering projects using a team of contractors working in partnership with YWS staff. The role involved developing and challenging solutions ensuring the delivered project matched the projects objectives and cost targets. I was authorised to sanction projects up to £500,000

2 In this role I was a member of Yorkshire Water Services Board Capital Investment Committee. The committee’s role was to authorise all projects over £3million.

As a Commercial Manager

1 I was the leader of a team that successfully bid for projects with the Ministry of Defence and Northern Ireland Water. These were projects that ran for 25 years. The first was signed in 2003 and the second in 2006.

I retired from Full Time Employment in 2006

Voluntary work undertaken since retirement

1 Judicial System 2002 to present

Adult Court Magistrate (chair)

Judge in the Family Court

 (Am currently Deputy Chair of the West Yorkshire Family Bench)

2 Healthwatch 2014 to present

Volunteer interviewing patients for their experience of Connecting Care

3 School Governor 2002 to 2015

Governor at Bentley High Street Bentley Doncaster

4 Members Independent Remuneration Panels 2006 to present

4.1 Wakefield Council Makes recommendations to Council on the allowances paid to Members of the Council. Currently chair of this committee

4.2 Kirklees Council

Member of this committee

5. Independent Member Governance 2015 to present

West Yorkshire Combined Authority


Mrs Joan Fearns

MA  Social Sciences  1978 University of Dundee

PGCE 1979 Hamilton College of Education

MEd Open University (modules included Professional Qualification for Special Needs Coordinators)



  • Taught in many primary schools in Doncaster supporting pupils with EAL
  •  Reception Teacher for many years in both the maintained sector and the independent sector at Hill House School. Doncaster.
  • Head of Infants at Hill House School
  • Head of Junior School (Nursery to Y6) at Hill House School.

As head I was responsible for the professional development of all teaching and support staff on a 2 year rotation.

Part of Leadership team which carried out sector reviews throughout the whole school (Nursery to Year 13) as part of school improvement.

  • Supervised students through Doncaster Graduate Teacher Training Scheme
  • Team Inspector for ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) where I inspected a variety of schools in England (and Spain) as part of a team of heads still working in schools, led by an Ofsted Registered Inspector.
  • Coordinating Inspector for ISI responsible for the inspection in the Foundation Stage.
  • I also worked on a voluntary basis for Relate as a counsellor and was awarded a Certificate in Couple Counselling.



Community Trustee Rev. Dave Berry

I'm currently the Vicar at St Peter's Church, as well as being involved in school life as Chair of Governors at St Peter's. Before training for ministry at Durham, I worked for a Christian Youth Charity in a number of roles including as Communications Manager and having responsibility for the charity's trading subsidiary. After University in York, I worked in London as a civil servant in the Department for Constitutional Affairs, and was given accelerated promotion under the 'Future Leaders' scheme.

All my job roles have included budgets, strategy and change management. My preferred way of working is by building good relationships that unlock the best in teams, rather than by managing hierarchically.


HR Trustee Mrs Tracey Rowe

I have been a governor at Bentley High Street since 2012, I worked for the local authority for 9 years in the Human Resources department before leaving in 2011 to start a HR consultancy business with a colleague to provide support to schools.  My experience in human resources is specifically in relation to education and I currently work with a number of schools across Doncaster advising on teachers’ terms and conditions of employment and employment law.  I became a Governor to gain experience of working with schools from a Governor perspective, to contribute to the success of the school and to share my knowledge and skills.  I have lived in Doncaster for most of my life, I am married with two daughters.   Being a Governor at Bentley High Street is very rewarding, governors get to see the incredible work that takes place in the school and the commitment from staff to do everything they can to ensure that every child gets the very best education, something that the Governors are passionate about.


Safeguarding Trustee – Andy Gray

I have been a police officer for more than 16 years with the South Yorkshire Police, becoming involved in almost all aspects of police work within that time. In 2007, I chose to specialise in crime by applying to become a detective.

In early 2010, I qualified as a Detective Constable becoming accredited to conduct serious and complex investigations. During the past 6 years, I have played a significant role investigating murders, serious sexual offences and I have led investigations into sudden and suspicious deaths, including the death of a child.

At times during my career, I have a led a team of Detectives and trainee investigators in the absence of a substantive Detective Sergeant. I am currently in the process of studying to gain promotion to the next rank.


Premises and Assets Trustee – Paul Davies

I have lived in Bentley for over 30 years during which time both of my children have successfully progressed through Bentley High Street Primary School.  At present I have a Granddaughter attending the school. Previously I have been a Governor at the school and was part of the governing body which helped bring  the school successfully out of Special Measures in 2014

I have worked within education for over 16 years, of which 13 years were at Doncaster College.  To begin with I was a lecturer and went on to become head of the Construction Department.  Previous to this I worked within the construction industry as a bricklayer and managed property renovations across Doncaster.

My current role is Head of Doncaster Music Education Hub where I work with academies on a daily basis supporting their music curriculum.  I also work with colleagues across Doncaster Council meeting regularly to discuss the needs of academies.

My qualifications include a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment.  This along with my many years of experience in the construction industry I feel would be good grounding to support my role as a trustee on the new trust board.


Governance Trustee – Ruth Brook

Ruth is a passionate educationalist who believes we should all be entitled to the best education opportunities. She is able to challenge current practice to achieve the best performance and drive to outstanding. She has significant high level strategic governance, leadership and management experience within and across the education sector. Ruth has been actively involved and led Ofsted inspections in FE, local authority and school settings particularly focusing and representing governance perspectives. This includes time as the chair of corporation of a large general FE college.

Ruth trained as a Nursery/Primary teacher and taught in the Doncaster area before having her family. She returned to work as an FE tutor teaching Nursery Nursing, Child care management, Child development and pre teaching courses. She then moved to the local authority establishing and managing the Adult & Family Learning service which she led for 17 years. She led the service through several good Ofsted inspections and achieved a national award for Family Learning in partnership with the local prison.

Ruth now works as an independent consultant supporting education providers and businesses to become more effective through developing a coaching approach. She has been successful in enabling individuals, senior leaders and managers to understand and realise their goals and refocus their priorities.

She is currently serving as a governor at an Outstanding FE college and is a non-exec director on 2 subsidiary college businesses. 


School Improvement Trustee – Beryl Beal

I am a qualified teacher with a First Class Honours Degree and a Diploma in Mathematics. I began my teaching career in 1969 in Canada, in Primary Education. In 1971 I returned to the UK and began teaching in the Special Needs Dept. of a Derbyshire Comprehensive School. I came to live in Doncaster in 1974 when my husband was appointed to the teaching staff of Doncaster College of Education. Doncaster L.E.A. employed me as a teacher at Don Valley High School. I enjoyed 31 years at Don Valley where I taught Art and Design, Physical Education and Special Needs. I taught the full age range from Year 7 to Year 12. For 12 years I was a Head of Year. Pastoral care was an important facet of my job. My responsibilities were Pupil Welfare, Attendance and Inclusion. I also liaised with the seven feeder Primary Schools in Bentley.

Since retiring in 2005 I have worked for AQA as a Moderator for G.C.S.E. Art and Design. This has necessitated my visiting numerous schools around Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. As a result I am familiar with curriculum issues, especially in Art and Design.

I have been on the governing body of Rosedale Primary School for two and a half years. I am particularly involved with School Improvement and have met with HMI on a regular basis.