The Stakeholder Board is comprised of a group of influential and committed individuals from across South Yorkshire and the education sector. The Board and its structure are guided by an agreed set of Terms of Reference (as set out below) and meets four times a year to ensure the successful delivery of the South Yorkshire Futures programme.

Group membership

  • Richard Calvert (Chair) – Chief Operating Officer, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Damian Allen, Director of People, Doncaster Council
  • Stephen Betts, Chief Executive, Learn Sheffield
  • Greg Burke, Director of South Yorkshire Futures, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Stephanie Douglas, Head of Service, Early Years Doncaster
  • Pat Dubas, Teaching Schools Council
  • John Edwards, Regional Schools Commissioner, Department for Education
  • Chris French, Executive Principal, Brigantia Learning Trust
  • Mark Lynam, Director of Programme Commissioning, Sheffield City Region
  • Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education, University of Sheffield
  • Libby Nicholas, Chief Executive, Astrea Academy Trust
  • Lee Owston, Her Majesty’s Inspector in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber, and Ofsted’s Specialist Adviser for early education
  • Debbie Squire, Programme Manager, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sam Twiselton, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Chris Webb, Barnsley College
  • Alison Wilson, Lead for Doncaster Opportunity Area, Department for Education

Terms of Reference


To steer the successful delivery of the South Yorkshire Futures programme.


The Stakeholder Board is not accountable for delivery of specific initiatives, but for providing advice on the overall implementation of the programme.


  • To make links to wider sub-regional initiatives
  • To ensure that the programme is consistent with government education and skills policies
  • To ensure that the programme supports wider education and skills policies being delivered through key stakeholders, such as the LEP
  • To review performance of the programme and support dissemination of research findings to their part of the sector
  • To ensure that appropriate links are made to the Doncaster Opportunity Area

Meeting arrangements

The group will meet four times a year.


The group will be reviewed in July 2019.