NCP Advisory Group
Chair of the NCP Advisory Group and Director
For most of my career I have worked as a manager for bus and tourist companies. Since 2016 I am now ‘sort of’ retired but work as a part-time driver for Poppletons’ Coaches in Pontefract.
I am a member of the School Performance Review Board at Larks Hill Junior and Infants School in Pontefract. I am chairman of the Carleton High School Parent, Teacher and Friends Association as well as chairman of the Wakefield Association of School Governors. I also serve on the Land Use and Transportation Committee of Pontefract Civic Society.
My two daughters attended New College, Pontefract and I am pleased to be given the opportunity to repay my gratitude for their education by giving my services to the College.
Vicky Marks (Ex Officio)
I am the recently appointed Acting Principal at New College Pontefract and I have Trust responsibility for Data, therefore line managing the MIS manager as well as some members of the senior leadership team and Heads of School. I started my teaching career in 1993 in the independent sector, teaching Chemistry to 11-18 year-olds. In 1998 I became Head of Lower School and was responsible for transition and pastoral care for these students. In 2001 after having my second child I took on the role of SENDCo and after a couple of years we relocated the family to Yorkshire, nearer to my family, and I taught in York. From 2006 I took a break from teaching due to my third child being profoundly deaf. After keeping myself busy with a number of projects, I returned to teaching and I started at New College Pontefract in 2013 in the Chemistry department. I have been on the senior team since 2016 with responsibility for data and curriculum – a role that has kept me busy and is constantly changing. I have also line managed the SENDCo and Heads of School in Maths & Science.
Safeguarding SEND Lead
Karen is a Chartered member of the CIPD with over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources and Organisational Development; her mission is to ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive in their workplace and believes post-16 education is key to this. She has held a number of senior Human Resources positions across the public sector including with Leeds Education Authority, the National Probation Service and is currently Executive Director HR & OD at Wakefield College.
Karen has also held a range of voluntary and elected roles including Chair of Governors at Stanley Peter’s C of E Primary School between September 2011 and September 2015 and she is currently a member of the Independent Remuneration Panel for members at WDMC.
Outside work her interests centre around her family, she enjoys walking, cycling and anything outdoors!
I am most enthused by: development projects, resources and change management. I feel I am most valuable when 4 dimensional thinking is required. If you want 5 options then I can assist, and I am not offended when someone else’s 6th idea wins the day – I will fully support it.
For 5 years I worked for a PLC and gained an understanding of collaborative working and the importance of gathering support for a decision. In 1997 I started my own business and enjoyed the bureaucracy free life of a small organisation. I feel I can share the benefits from both sides of the divide.
For 21 years I have enjoyed supporting my children through sport and education – in that order. Our daughter Zoe is currently studying at Loughborough (Masters in Marketing), is a tennis coach and plays hockey to a high level. Our son Max (who joined NCP this September) is a high level tennis player and loves football.
I have been a Rotarian for 16 years and love getting involved at the ideas, financing and delivery stage of a project.
I have been a Governor at an infant school in South Kirkby for almost 3 years but I am no educationalist. However, I am supportive and like to help all children live a good life.
I am an innovator and may be most helpful on projects, project appraisal, PR, resources and HR. I was (with embarrassment) recently awarded Rotarian of the Year in our Club and I like to think it was because of my charity work. As I “lose” my parental responsibilities I hope to give more time and resource to charitable work. Especially Home Start. A charity my wife and I enjoy supporting in many ways.
David has been teaching since 2009 and currently work at Minsthorpe Community College as an Associate Assistant Principal – Director of Post 16. Prior to this he worked as a Head of Year taking a cohort from Year 7 through to Year 13 and so he has been lucky enough to see the development of students from when they first stepped onto the site until they left. His role allows him to look at a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data and then work closely with curriculum areas to ensure that students are supported with the aim for them to be as academically successful as possible. It is a highly rewarding role and he is most passionate about supporting students plan their next steps into either University, Apprenticeship schemes or employment.