Trust Advisory Group

Trust Advisory Group


Name:  Anthony Dee
Chair of the NCLT Advisory Group

For most of my career I have worked as a manager for bus and tourist companies. I am currently Commercial Manager for Stanley Gath Travel, a small bus company based near Junction 32.

I am a governor at Larks Hill Junior and Infants School in Pontefract. I am a member of the Carleton Community High School Parent, Teacher and Friends Association as well as a member of the committee 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 by giving my services to the College.

Name:  Sarah Steele


I am a Curriculum Team Leader at a Secondary School in the local area, and responsible for the delivery of both academic and vocational courses at Levels 1-3 within my department. I have 12 years teaching experience in P16, and  6 years in Primary.

Currently, my son is finishing Year 13 at New College, and I also have a 13 year old daughter. I joined the advisory group, initially as a parent, however, my experience in, and knowledge of Post-16 will be valuable within the trust, and I am looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead!










Name:  Karen Sykes

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!


Name:  Neal Craven

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.