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:  John Langton

38 year career in the chemical industry.

28 years with Rohm & Haas, a US specialty chemicals supplier, in sales, marketing and senior management roles, including assignments in South Africa, France and the USA.

8 years with Hickson International PLC based in Castleford. Main board director.

2 years commercial director C6 Solutions based in Castleford.

I am married and a father to 4 children.

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!