Our Trust

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The Members of our Trust

Richard PountneyDr 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 XP staff and academically validate its practice and pedagogy.


Helen Drennan

Helen Drennan

Helen lives locally in Doncaster where she was born and raised prior to studying Business and Finance in Bradford. She is currently a senior manager working nationally at Wates Group, one of the UKs largest family owned construction and property services companies. Helen is responsible for developing the company’s knowledge management strategy by encouraging collaborative working practices and integrating new technology.

With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, working only with family owned businesses committed to making a positive difference in the communities they work thin, Helen is passionate about community involvement and responsible business. She has extensive experience of engaging with schools and colleges providing learning opportunities, mentoring and advice on how to access the construction sector.

Previously a parent governor, her two children are currently in local sixth forms and rapidly approaching the end of their school days, hence her role with XP School will enable her to continue supporting education locally.



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


rachel horneRachel 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.


Norman EdmansonNorman 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


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