NCD Advisory Group

Alison Megahy

Chair of the NCD Advisory Group

Date Appointed: 10/10/2018

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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.

Rachel Yorke

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Date Appointed: 05/07/2021

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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

Vice Chair

Date Appointed: 05/07/2021

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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.

Brendon Fletcher (Ex Officio)

Principal NCD

Frederika Roberts


Date Appointed: 12/10/2020

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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.

Arshad Khaliq


Date Appointed: 05/07/2021

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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.

Zoe Exton


Date Stepped Down: 20/06/2022

Jane Peagram


Date Stepped Down: 16/11/2022

Karen Green


Date Stepped Down: 01/02/2022

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