Meet the Maltby Academy Governors
Chair of Governors
Mr Sorsby enjoyed a 28 year career with a high street bank, joining as an Office Junior in 1987 on attaining A Levels and leaving in May 2016 having worked in a wide array of roles culminating in that of Director of Commercial Banking for South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
During the final five years of Mr Sorsby’s career he increasingly became involved in the business communities across all the towns in the area but in particular those of Rotherham and Doncaster, holding positions on Rotherham’s Local Economy Board and latterly its successor body the Business Growth Board.
A key focus during that time was to help develop the relationships between the area’s employers and their representatives such as the Chambers of Commerce and the area’s education institutions at all age levels.
A keen advocate of work experience - Mr Sorsby arranged and oversaw numerous programmes for students, several of which resulted in delegates being appointed by the bank or pursuing careers in the sector. Also personal development - where he saw 4 of his 8 strong team gain in role promotions during his period as Director.
Mr Sorsby became increasingly impressed by what he saw of Maltby Academy’s achievements and was delighted to be asked to join the Local Governing Body, with a particular focus on forging the Trust’s links with the local business community.
Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs Greensill is a Community Governor and has lived in Maltby for 20 years. She has two daughters who have both attended Maltby Academy. Mrs Greensill works as Professional Head of Physiotherapy within a local NHS trust. Mrs Greensill's role involves ensuring that practice and care delivery is safe, efficient and meets professional standards.
Mrs Greensill currently sit on the National Council for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy which is the elected governing body for the profession. The council agrees policy, supports in the development and promotion of the core vision, ensures the voice of the membership at strategic level and oversees the governance and strategic direction of the profession.
Mrs Greensill is a keen interest in education and is a visiting lecturer at Huddersfield University teaching on their undergraduate programme.
Mrs Greensill has seen significant changes within education in Maltby both aesthetically, culturally and in the standard of learning delivered. The Academy has gone from a place where young people are taught to an environment where they are inspired, supported and prepared to achieve the best of their ability and to have the confidence to aspire to achieve. Mrs Greensill feels that the learning experiences that young people receive are key to their future regardless of whether their pathway is vocational or academic.
Staff Teacher Governor
Mr Boon is Head of Post 16 at Maltby Academy, as part of our collaborative Maltby Learning Trust Post 16 provision. He was first employed as a Newly Qualified Teacher in ICT at Maltby Academy in 2010, teaching at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 for the Computing and Business department. He has since secured highly successful outcomes for students at GCSE and A-Level. He has also taught students outside of ICT, focusing on Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and career development.
Following his appointment to the Post 16 leadership team in 2014, Mr Boon focused on securing progress and attainment across all subjects at Key Stage 5. To do this he has worked with colleagues across all departments to support achievement.
He has developed a number of systems and processes to ensure young people access aspirational academic choices, secure successful qualifications and progress to their desired destination in further education, training or employment.
Engaging in a number of wider learning opportunities for Maltby Learning Trust students, Mr Boon has led a number of academic excursions and also coordinates the Higher Education Plus programme, which allows Year 12 students with aspirations of attending Russell Group Universities the chance to experience super curricular learning and visit Cambridge University.
Mr Boon embraces the challenge of continual personal and professional development. In 2015 he secured a Masters in Teaching and Learning, managing study at Sheffield Hallam University and employment at Maltby. Mr Boon was appointed as a Staff Governor in September 2017.
Nicola Kirkham MBE
Staff Associate Professional Governor
Mrs Kirkham has many years' experience in a pastoral capacity in education in the roles of Assistant Head of House and Student Welfare Manager, along with being a qualified Health and Social Care Teacher. She has served in South Yorkshire Police as a SYP Special Constable and was awarded an MBE in 2008 for Services to The Police and Community.
Mrs Kirkham has established both nationally and internationally recognised youth activities and is currently establishing a new LGBTQ+ group at Maltby Academy and hopes to expand this further to support the local community.
Mrs Kirkham has lots of experience, drive and creativity and sees the role of a Governor as being able to extend her current key skills and leadership qualities by further understanding the role of a Staff Governor within Maltby Academy and the Trust.
Mr Hattersley is the new parent Governor for Maltby Academy. He has previously been an Instructor with the Army Cadets, a Union Representative in a Supermarket and a Training Assistant for a Call Centre.
Mr Hattersley is hoping to bring some of the skills gained in his previous roles to his Governor role. He is also looking forward to learning new skills.
Mrs Wilson is a resident of Maltby and parent of two children, who have both attended Maltby Academy, she has a vested interest in the continued success of the Academy. Mrs Wilson is the head of a private school and is fully aware of the challenges faced by both school, parents and carers and the education system in general.
Mrs Wilson's role has ensured that she has first hand knowledge and experience of the many difficulties young adults face in today's ever changing and diverse society and how vital it is that their voice is heard. These skills put her in good stead to support the aims of the Academy, whilst having a clear understanding of how important outstanding education is in terms of shaping and preparing students for their future.
Mr Herbert has lived in Maltby for over 15 years and has 2 children who attend a Primary school within the Maltby Learning Trust.
Mr Herbert’s career to date has included 20 years working for HSBC in a variety of roles including financial management, data analysis, line management and leadership. Mr Herbert now works at a Primary school within an Academy Trust in Doncaster as a Finance Officer, with specific responsibility for the management and monitoring of all aspects of the school budget.
As a Governor of Maltby Academy, Mr Herbert will use his skills to help ensure the Governing Body continues to support and challenge the leadership of the school to build on its achievements.
Mr Herbert is looking forward to working together with the Local Governing Body and the school leaders to ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes for their futures.
Mr Simmonds has been a Governor at the Academy since its inception and prior to that a Governor of the old Maltby Comprehensive for many years. Mr Simmonds is an accountant by profession but worked for over 20 years within the NHS in GP practice and primary care management in Doncaster. For the past 7 years Mr Simmonds has been a Director and subsequently Managing Director of a company providing healthcare services. His skills as a manager which incorporate financial, human resources and strategic planning are fully utilised in his role as a Governor and Chair of the Finance Resources Staffing and Audit Committee and he is proud of the advancements that students in the Academy have made educationally and of the great teaching team we now have. Mr Simmonds feels that the Academy is a fantastic working environment, which the new buildings have created.
Sam joined Allotts Chartered Accountants in September 2016 as a graduate trainee and has successfully completed his ACA qualification and is a member of the ICAEW.
As a Chartered Accountant part of Sam's role is to audit Academies and large Multi-Academy Trusts, this has given him a great insight into the financial management of Academies and the challenges leaders face.
Sam hopes to use his professional skills and knowledge in his new role as a Governor to help support and challenge the school leadership team in order to provide the best learning environment for students and the community.
Mr Hopkin is currently on the Senior Leadership team at Wath Academy, one of the three Maltby Learning Trust’s secondary Academies. His current role is Vice principal with responsibility for Teaching and learning, Behaviour, Attendance, and Inclusion.
Mr Hopkin lives local to Maltby Academy and knows the area well. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to be a Governor at the Academy and is really looking forward to helping Maltby Academy build further on their excellent school improvement work.
Mr Steadman is currently the Head Teacher of Carlton Primary Academy in Barnsley. He has a genuine drive to improve the life chances of students within our community. He is excited at becoming a Governor at Maltby Academy.
He went to Wath Comprehensive, now Wath Academy, and Wath Sixth Form where he enjoyed the wealth of opportunities that they gave him. He has a passion for travelling and sport and loves spending time with his family.