Dr Richard Pountney (Chair)

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 Trust staff and academically validate its practice and pedagogy.

Steven Mundin

Senior Manager, Higher Rhythm Ltd

Steve is an experienced, motivated and dynamic leader who after starting his first business in the professional music industry, later progressed into teaching in Higher Education, then established the sector leading, regional social enterprise, Higher Rhythm, in 2001.

Steve has led and built partnerships with a wide range of bodies, from S.M.E.’s to multi-national organisations and government bodies, and has an expert knowledge of social enterprise and the creative / cultural / digital industries. Steve has also achieved many awards personally and for Higher Rhythm, most notably:

  • Doncaster Business Person of the Year
  • BETT Award, UK winner of BECTA ICT in Practice
  • Doncaster Social Enterprise of the Year

Norman Edmanson

Norman developed his career in manufacturing through a variety of challenging positions up to Director level with an international Plc. Industries include Automotive, I/C Engines, FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics. He has co-owned a Nursing and Rest Home for the elderly and an Egon Ronay registered hotel.

Since 1979 he has focused on his great passion of developing young managers, for 14 years working with Cranfield University’s Fellowships in Manufacturing Management Programme which he linked with industry which won a Queens Award in 2005. To date he has mentored up to Plc CEO in over 100 companies. For the past 10 years he has focused on voluntary work in Doncaster, mentoring the Doncaster Economic Partnership at no charge, Trustee Director of Doncaster CVS, The Tricon Foundation charity and Trustee of Rossington Development Trust.

Norman’s proven wide experience, respect and trust will provide XP with invaluable authentic learning opportunities. He has no political agenda and has a proven record of being a good team player who respects all other people whoever they are and whatever their backgrounds.

Norman is our Link Governor to the Private Sector

Rachel Horne

Founder, Doncopolitan

Rachel is a local artist and founder of Doncopolitan, the magazine that aims to provide an independent voice for Doncaster. Doncopolitan celebrates Doncaster’s culture, arts, style, music, people, fashion, lifestyle, architecture and even its coal-black underbelly.

Rachel has been instrumental in connecting our school to the local community, providing authentic opportunities for our students to express themselves in the world outside the classroom.

Doncaster Rotary, represented by Yvonne Mayer

Yvonne has been a member of the Rotary Club since 2002. Initially she was a member in Haslemere Rotary Club where she undertook various roles including attendance officer, speakers secretary and then secretary of the Club. Yvonne was President in the Rotary year 2013-2014. In 2015 she moved to Doncaster and became a member here.

Professionally, Yvonne’s background was in family law but when she qualified as an accredited family mediator with Surrey Family Mediation Service, she worked full time in this role. Contemporaneously, she was employed as the supervisor for Sussex Mediation Service and taught law to new mediators for National Family Mediation. Later, she qualified as a civil and commercial mediator and latterly obtained a legal aid franchise and ran her own mediation company for several years.

Yvonne’s driving force has been to help parents and children resolve issues where there has been a breakdown in relationships. To assist in facilitating this, she was qualified to consult with children

Yvonne retired when she was 65 years old.