Who are we?

Led by Sheffield Hallam University and backed by the Department for Education, South Yorkshire Futures draws together key stakeholders and partners from education, business and politics, including the Regional Schools Commissioner, local authorities, Multi-Academy Trusts, local MPs, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Teaching School Alliances and employers.

The core South Yorkshire Futures team is led from Sheffield Hallam University by experts in education, widening participation and skills, working in collaboration with partners from schools, colleges, employers, local authorities and other education-related settings.

University Leadership Team Sponsor - Richard Calvert

Richard is Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Hallam University. He is the University Leadership member accountable for the delivery of the programme. He is responsible for managing regional and national strategic relationships within the programme.

He was previously Director General for Strategy and Resources at the Department for Education, and before that Director General for Finance and Corporate Performance at the Department for International Development.

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Director - Greg Burke

Greg is a teacher recruitment and retention expert, having spent most of his career working for the Department for Education (DfE) and the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Greg has been seconded from the DfE to South Yorkshire Futures as the Programme Director. Previously to this post, he worked as Deputy Director of Performance and Analysis at the National College for Teaching & Leadership.

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Academic Lead - Professor Sam Twiselton

Sam is the Academic Lead for South Yorkshire Futures and the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Lead for Early Years - Sally Pearse

Sally is the lead for the Early Years strand of South Yorkshire Futures.

Sally is also Head of Early Years Education (0-5) at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Lead for Performance - Sue O'Brien

Sue is the lead for the Performance strand of South Yorkshire Futures.

Sue is also a senior member of the Sheffield Institute of Education Leadership Group at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Leads for Aspiration - Cathy Sinclair and Carol Castle

Cathy and Carol are co-leads for the Aspiration strand of South Yorkshire Futures.

Cathy and Carol are also Co-Directors of Student Recruitment and Admissions at Sheffield Hallam University.

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The Stakeholder Group

As well as an experienced core team, South Yorkshire Futures is governed and guided by some of the region's most experienced education specialists through its Stakeholder Group and group of partner schools, colleges, employers and other education settings.

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