Trust Board of Directors

Trust Board of Directors


Name:  Diane Heritage


Diane has experience of educational leadership at school, regional and national level. She specialises in leadership learning, policy development and school improvement. She is an educational innovator and creative thinker committed to building capacity for a school led system.

Diane currently provides consultancy to the Teaching School Council and The Education Endowment Foundation working closely with school leaders and other partners to inspire and facilitate local solutions with a relentless focus on children’s learning, achievement and well-being.

Diane has been a governor at New College Pontefract for six years and became Chair of the New Collaborative Learning Trust in 2016. She is married to Russell and has two children – to whom she looks for a valuable perspective on the real world.





Name:  Carol Dewhurst

I have been Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust since April 2014 overseeing the Trust growth from a three school MAT to Trust of 10 schools and over 7,000 pupils.(as of Jan 2016). I am also acting as interim CEO for the set-up of a new Diocesan MAT in the Richmond area of North Yorkshire and sits as a Trustee on the LEAF Academy Trust board to support their re-brokerage in to Abbey Academies Trust.  My work for BDAT also enables me to support a number of regional and national initiatives, most recently advising the Diocese of Leeds on their academy strategy and chairing the DfE West Yorkshire Strategic Partnership on collaborative working across education in the region.

I am a political science graduate from Leeds University and Chartered Marketer. I have worked in a number of public sector roles delivering project work across different areas of the children’s workforce from early years, social work and integrated working (every child matters). I previously worked as a team leader in the Academies programme at the Department for Education covering Yorkshire and Humber and the North West.

Name:  Phil Dixon

Phil was appointed Director of Human Resources in 2009, having previously held the post of Deputy Director. He has been with the University since 2002.

Phill is a Business Studies graduate, having studied for his degree as a sponsored student with the electricity supply industry where his career began at the age of 16.

During a career that spanned twelve years with Yorkshire Electricity Group plc, Phill worked on major business change initiatives including the privatisation of the business as part of the government drive to float UK utilities on the stock exchange. It was whilst working for the electricity industry that Phill gained his first senior managerial position and at the same time undertook a postgraduate diploma in People Management. He has been a Chartered Member of the CIPD since 1992.

Phill moved to join Portakabin Limited in 2002 with HR responsibility for the continental interests in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. As well as the European business, he also had HR responsibility fot the international division which primarily concentrated on the oil and gas exploration sector in the Far East and South America.

Phill’s remit was one of business expansion and he worked extensively with country managers to help grow and expand the organisation throughout continental Europe and beyond.

Roles on external bodies

Having worked as an HR professional for over 25 years, Phill has a strong interest in the people agenda within organisations and in particular the not-for-profit sector. He is a former Trustee of St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield and a former Trustee of the Children’s Food Trust in Sheffield.

Name: Trish Meakin


Trained as a Quantity Surveyor and worked in the building and services industry for forty years, Managing Director at T Clarke Leeds, with a keen interest in apprenticeships and vocational training as well as promoting and supporting best practice in education at all stages of a young person’s life.

Name: Debbie Mactaggart

is a lawyer specialising in employment and business disputes.  She has over 25 years’ experience as a solicitor dealing with business disputes particularly those involving employment issues. Her particular strengths include acting as a trusted advisor,
building relationships and empathy with my clients.

Name: Bev Foster-Short


Bev is a Sector Skills Specialist with expertise in Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services, New Technologies, Creative and Digital, and Retail.  Her networks include colleges and private providers, universities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities, membership organisations, Sectors Skills Councils, and National Skills Academies.  Bev currently works for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Skills Service and Calderdale College developing new skills programmes to meet employer needs.

Name: Angela Williams

I am currently Principal of Huddersfield New College. The College was judged Ofsted Outstanding in April 2016. This is the highlight of my career and the culmination of over 30 years of service to state education. I graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern History in 1984; completed my PGCE at Nottingham University in 1985, and have worked at Shelley College (1985-1992), Oldham Sixth Form College (1992-2007) and Huddersfield New College (2007 to present) since then. I am passionate about education, about comprehensive education, and the positive difference it can make to young people’s lives. Education changes lives for the better. It is a privilege to be part of this transformational process.