The Trustees

Mr Richard Gilliland

Appointed to the Trust in June 2015, Richard is an ex-Moor End High School pupil, attending in the mid-1980s. Having extensive experience at senior level within the heavy vehicle and logistic support arena with both worldwide and local organisations, Richard was appointed for his expertise in both corporate and strategic planning, along with his understanding and experience in financial management, senior-level communications and detailed Health and Safety knowledge.

Richard currently holds a Trusteeship role within a national but family-owned company based in Manchester.

He is committed to bringing his knowledge, experience and expertise to the Moor End Trust team.

Mr Phil Wheeliker

A former RAF Logistics Officer with active service experience, Phil is something of a polymath, being qualified in logistics, business psychology, human resource management, management development, financial accountancy and programme management. On leaving the RAF he spent many years in industry gaining senior operational experience in general management, learning and development and business rescue and transformation. More recently, combining his business psychology expertise with clinical psychotherapy, he is running a thriving international business specialising in corporate and individual performance management and stress management, currently coaching senior executives of the Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation to cope better with mounting work pressures.

Mr Darren Smith

Darren left school at 16 (1986) and completed an apprenticeship in sheet metal fabrication.  He moved into banking in 1995 working in a call centre for Girobank (then part of Alliance & Leicester, now part of Santander). He started in telephone customer services, before eventually moving into an operational role. He moved into the commercial Bank in 2001 and have worked with many sizes of businesses / organisations from owner managed to large national corporates and the public sector. He spent 5 years specialising in the banks healthcare, education and communities team before moving into the banks new agricultural team in 2013. Here he is responsible for looking after and growing the portfolio of farming clients in the Yorkshire region, helping them develop viable business plans for their farms alongside managing the bank’s lending exposure of £30m.  He is passionate about education and helping others achieve their potential as well as most things rural and outdoors activities. He has been a volunteer with the Friends of Beaumont Park woodland maintenance group for 10+ years and became a charity trustee with the Friends in November 2015.

Ex-Officio by determination of post

Ms Jane Acklam OBE – Chief Executive Officer

Jane is CEO. She has considerable experience as a highly successful Head teacher and Principal.  She has been a National Leader of Education since 2009, and effectively supported and built capacity in a wide range of schools, locally and regionally.  As Executive Principal of Moor End Academy and its predecessor school Moor End Technology College, she has led them through numerous Ofsted inspections achieving outstanding in 2009 and again in 2012.  Jane has won national awards for her commitment to excellence in the professional development of teachers, and has been awarded a Teaching Award, as Head teacher of the Year. She has a wealth of experience working for the DfE on the Head teacher Board for West Yorkshire and Lancashire and as a Teaching and Leadership Adviser for NCTL.  Jane was awarded an OBE for services to Education in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Mrs Roz Batley – Company Secretary

Roz brings to the board experience of school leadership, with particular emphasis on finance and business management in the secondary sector.  She has experience of Academy conversion, and is designated as a Specialist Leader of Education.  She has extensive experience of working on Governing Bodies in both primary and secondary education.  She has been a member of a primary governing body for 19 years and held the role of Chair for over 10 years.

Mr Keith Rushton – Chief Finance Officer / Finance Director

Keith joined the Trust in summer 2017.  He is a qualified accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He has 28 years experience working for a range of international accountancy firms.  He has specialised in the education sector for over 20 years, working with a large number of colleges, universities, academies, and independent schools.  He brings a wealth of experience from providing internal audit, external audit and advisory services to his clients. Keith is an expert in education and charity finance, balancing an excellent understanding of the education sector with a commercial outlook.