Trust Directors

Mr Tony Allison (chair)

Tony has been a Member and Director of Moor End Multi Academies Trust since its inception and is now Chair of the Board of Directors. Previously he was a Governor and Vice Chair on the Governing Body of Moor End Academy for many years. He has chaired a variety of its committees and was involved with the Academy through two outstanding Ofsted inspections. He brings to the Board expertise as a training and development officer for an international engineering company from which he has recently retired after some 36 years. He is passionate about lifelong learning and the regeneration of local communities.

Mr Richard Gilliland (vice chair)

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 directorship 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 Officer with active service experience, on leaving the military Phil spent many years in industry as a business manager acquiring senior operational experience in logistics management, learning and development and in business turnaround and transformation. He undertook advanced study in business administration and business psychology gaining his MBA and an MA. In recent years he added an MPhil in clinical psychotherapy to his repertoire and is now running a thriving international business specialising in corporate stress and performance management; he is currently coaching executives of the Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation to cope better with mounting work pressures.

Mr Darren Smith

Appointed to the Trust as a Director in May 2016, Darren brings a wealth of experience to the Trust. He left school at 16 and completed an apprenticeship in sheet metal fabrication. In 1995 he moved into the banking sector, working in a customer services role, before into an operational role. In 2001 he moved into the bank’s commercial side and has worked with many different types of businesses and organisations, from owner-managed businesses to large national corporates and the public sector and was part of the bank’s healthcare, education and communities team before moving to the bank’s new agricultural team in 2013. He is responsible for a looking after and growing a portfolio of farming clients in the Yorkshire region, helping them develop viable business plans for their farms, alongside managing the bank’s lending exposure.

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 over 10 years and became a charity trustee with the Friends in November 2015

Ms Jane Acklam OBE – Chief Executive Officer

Jane is the CEO of Moor End Multi Academy Trust. She has 13 years’ experience of Headship in the 11-16 age range. Jane has led Moor End Academy through two ‘Outstanding’ inspections and has been involved in School to School Support since 2009. Her focus has been on improving the life chances of students, through raising achievement and the effectiveness of leaders. She became a National Leader of Education (NLE) in 2011 and has utilised the skills and expertise of Moor End staff in their National Support School roles. Jane has won national awards for her commitment to excellence in the professional development of teachers, and has been awarded a Teaching Award.

Jane holds, and is extremely passionate about, the belief that high quality educational experiences are a fundamental right to the children of our society. She believes that equality is at the heart of the schools system and has a part to play in delivering a world class state system. She is convinced that the Academies’ programme can deliver this by drawing upon her experience and skills as a current practitioner.