Meet the Directors

Stephen Bielby (Chair) - Safeguarding Lead and Admissions, Attendance, Behaviour and Welfare Lead

Governor, HMYOI Moorland

Stephen has 16 years experience of working and managing in a custodial setting. Currently Head of Security and Intelligence, he works with some of the most difficult and troubled Young People in the country. These young boys have issues ranging from behavioural problems, mental health issues and serious learning difficulties. He has formulated and implemented projects within this challenging setting to develop and engage the creative and communication skills of the young people with great success, working with experts such as Billy Bragg on a recent musical project.

As a father of 5, he has previous experience as a school governor at a successful local school and is fully committed to the long term future and goals of XP.

Stephen is our Link Governor to the public services community

Dr Richard Pountney (Vice Chair) - Curriculum Lead

Principal Lecturer in Education, Sheffield Hallam University

Richard is the Teaching Fellow for Curriculum and Professional Development in the faculty of Development and Society. His role is to support the development of learning and teaching in his faculty and specifically to work with course teams to plan their courses, make changes to the curriculum, address their own professional development and (increasingly) respond to the national and institutional drivers for change in Higher Education.

Richard is our Link Governor to the academic community and will help drive the CPD of XP staff and academically validate its practice and pedagogy.

Liam Scully

CEO, Lincoln City

Liam Scully is the CEO of Lincoln City FC and was the Chief Operating Officer at Club Doncaster. The Club Doncaster group incorporates; Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster Rugby League, Club Doncaster Foundation, Club Doncaster Sports College & The Keepmoat Stadium.

Gwyn, Andy & Liam first combined during the building of the temporary XP school site which was based within the Keepmoat Stadium. Since then, the partnership between XP & Club Doncaster has grown from strength to strength and both parties look forward to continued collaboration for the benefits of XP pupils, and the wider community.

Away from Club Doncaster, Liam is also the Independent Chair of the Team Doncaster Fairness and Inclusion Forum which aims to increase understanding of the challenges related to inclusion and fairness in Doncaster as well as a remit to develop appropriate working arrangements and community pathways to enable Doncaster’s diverse voices to be heard.

In 2013 Liam was also proudly inducted, alongside Gordon Ramsay and Alan Titchmarsh into the National Apprenticeship Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognised outstanding achievement in enterprise and business from those who started off their working life through an apprenticeship scheme.

Rebecca Varley - SEN & Interventions Lead

After studying law, Rebecca had a successful career in the legal profession, specialising in intellectual property law – including the investigation, enforcement and prosecution of organised crime groups breaching the rights of brands (predominantly the film and music industry).

In addition Rebecca deployed her expertise in this field to provide specialist training and consultancy services to police forces, enforcement agencies and government departments.

After starting a family, Rebecca diversified and launched her own successful business in the retail sector to give greater flexibility in family life.

She is also the co-founder of the Focus South Yorkshire Saturday School – a charitable organisation supporting children and families affected by autism. As a part of the school, children gain access to effective ABA therapy – teaching social and communication skills.

Rebecca is also a Governor at Wroot Travis Charity Primary School which her son attends.

Rebecca is our SEND Director.

Rachel Scott - Finance Lead

Internal Auditor, DMBC Local Authority

Rachel has lived in Doncaster all her life and after completing her degree in Public Sector Management has worked at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council as an Internal Auditor. This involves assessing organisation’s processes and procedures to give an independent assurance opinion on how these are working, as well as to add value to and help to improve the organisation’s operations.

Having 2 children of her own, when hearing about XP and its philosophy, Rachel was intrigued by project based learning and became incredibly enthusiastic about this more ‘real life’ approach. Now being part of the school herself she is even more committed and dedicated to the development of XP to ensure that the students have the best start in life by receiving a first class education.

As a Parent Governor, Rachel will be able to use her link between the school and parents to enable a balanced approach to be taken on decision-making.

Philip Crawley - Human Resources Lead

Senior Commercial Solicitor, Taylor Bracewell

Phil is an experienced business adviser. He has exceptional and extensive expertise in commercial contracts and Franchising, together with business and company acquisitions and mergers and corporate finance. He already has a number of international transactions under his belt, and deals with high value and high profile company transactions as a matter of course.

Phil has worked closely with the school in helping them become a Multi-Academy Trust.

Jean Harris-Evans - Curriculum Lead

Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

Jean is a Principal Lecturer in the Department for Education, Childhood and Inclusion at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). She teaches on Education Studies, Childhood Studies and related courses and has a background as a Youth Worker and Youth Work manager. A substantial portion of Jean’s youth work career prior to joining SHU was spent working for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and she has lived in Doncaster for the last 25 years. Jean’s research interests include outdoor education in youth work contexts.

Mike Dewsnap - Premises, Health & Safety Lead

Mike is the Chair of Governors at Green Top School, where he has served on the governing body for a number of years, working collaboratively and making key strategic decisions to improve the school.

After obtaining a degree in finance and business, Mike initially worked in the public sector in a role that required strong communication skills and the forging of relationships to drive improvement. He is now the standards and assurance co-ordinator for the supply division of a large UK based trade supply company.

Outside of work, Mike is also involved in a local community rugby club where his two sons enjoy playing.