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
Danielle is currently the Subject Specialist for Psychology and Sociology. She loves teaching her subjects and becoming a Governor will allow her to fulfil the goal of developing and supporting students' progression. Danielle is a keen Sociologist and wishes to part of social change and use the role to make a difference. Danielle's vision is to enthuse and inspire the next generation, who not only use their knowledge, skills and experiences to improve themselves, but others. Danielle's interests include a love for all things fantasy, country music, eating amazing food, walking her dog and playing sports, in which she relishes for healthy competition.
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.
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.
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 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.
Mrs Mann moved to Maltby with her family in July 2020, when she was appointed to lead The Salvation Army Church and Community Centre in the town. Her two children both study at Maltby Academy (Y10 and Y8) and her husband is a senior leader in a Sheffield secondary school where their one year old dog is a school mentor two days a week.
Mrs Mann has worked for The Salvation Army full time for 20 years, in various rolls and locations. Mrs Mann also has many interests; she loves coffee, the outdoors, hosting friends and family, for example, but most of all - she loves life!
Mrs Mann passionately believes that every life is precious, and she wants to help all people explore and reach their potential - this is what led her to apply to be a governor.
Mrs O'Connor is the current Principal at Maltby Redwood Academy.