Trust Advisory Group – NCD
Chair of the NCD Advisory Group
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.
NCD Principal (Ex Officio)
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.
Safeguarding and SEND Lead
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.
Linda Rave has worked within Higher Education at University Centre, Doncaster College for over 10 years lecturing in business and human resources. More recently she has taken the role of Curriculum Performance and Development Manager. Prior to this she worked for the NHS in and organisational development role. Additionally she is a qualified HR professional and is a Chartered member of the CIPD.
I am the commercial partner in a small property letting and management business, I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and deal with most aspects of commercial property. I have worked in private practice and have been based in Doncaster since the mid 1980’s.
I was a governor at my local primary school and a governor representative on the North Lincolnshire Council Children & Young People Scrutiny Panel later the People Scrutiny Panel. I am currently a member of the Westwoodside Academy Trust Board.
I am an active member of our Haxey Parochial Church Council.
I have two children, my daughter was part of the first cohort to join NCD in September 2017. My son is 3 school years younger.