NCD Advisory Group

Alison Megahy

Chair of the NCD Advisory Group

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Alison recently retired from a career as a teacher and manager in a diverse range of education settings. After teaching in FE and HE she progressed to Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Headteacher in two large secondary schools. She then took 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’s most recent position was Vice Principal at Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield, with responsibility for curriculum and quality, where she worked for the last decade of her career before retiring in the summer of 2019. Throughout her career, Alison has persistently championed strategies to improve teaching, learning and assessment to impact positively on the life chances of young people. Alison became an Advisor at New College Doncaster when her youngest daughter was studying A levels there and became Chair the following year.

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.

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

Rachel Haldenby

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After qualifying as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Birmingham and Leeds I spent time in industry before having children and training as a teacher. I learnt my craft at Carleton Community High School in Pontefract in the maths department developing partnership links within Wakefield authority to promote Gifted & Talented activities outside the classroom. A family move to Lincolnshire eventually saw me return to my childhood school, QEHS in Gainsborough in 2012 where I am today. I have had a number of departmental and pastoral roles leading up to my current position as Assistant Headteacher responsible for Sixth Form. This has seen me develop and deliver a new strategic plan, completely redesigning our offer to give students a modern and flexible programme ensuring they have the maximum opportunity to pursue top University courses or apprenticeships, a key part of which was through coaching of staff and students alike. I have a keen interest in ensuring autistic people are better understood and supported to reach their potential.

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 speaker and trainer in positive psychology / happiness / wellbeing. Most of her work is now supporting and promoting wellbeing in education. Frederika has authored several books, holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education, with a research focus on whole school wellbeing.

Zoe Exton

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I am a parent to a year 13 student. I wanted to be a parent advisor to give something back to New College Doncaster for the fantastic support my daughter has experienced from the first day she started. I have been particularly impressed by the way New College Doncaster acts to maintain the wellbeing of students while delivering an educational experience that achieves excellent academic outcomes from the personal experience of my daughter. In my own professional life, I am a Quality Development Officer within the Probation Service which entails the development of excellence in the quality of work undertaken with people in prison and on probation, and victims by working in partnership with 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 22 years of working within the service. During this service I have gained valuable insight in how encouraging positive behaviours and the importance of education can assist social mobility for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Therefore, l fully endorse this as the fundamental value that New College Doncaster subscribes to, striving not only to shape successful young adults but improve the outlook of the communities they live in. I am proud to say l am a parent advisor to an outstanding centre of education. I will use my knowledge and skills to both support and challenge, where appropriate to do so, ensuring New College Doncaster maintains this outstanding delivery of 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.

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