Members of the Trust
Lord David Blunkett
Shabnam qualified as a doctor from University of Sheffield in 2001. Following some time working in hospital she decided to specialise in General Practice, which she completed in 2006. Now a Partner in a large GP practice in Rotherham. The practice is an employer to over 60 staff. Shabnam takes a lead on HR matters within the practice, with the assistance of the manager. She has developed skills and knowledge in aspects of employment law and staff management. Shabnam completed a postgraduate qualification in Medical Education and has been a GP Trainer for 8 years. She has helped cultivate and support doctors training to be GPs over this time. Shabnam lives locally and has young children attending Hucklow Primary school. She has been a parent governor at Hucklow for the past 6 years. She is governor lead for SEN & Pupil premium and sits on the Standards and Achievements Committee.
Pam has recently retired from her post as Head of Primary and Targeted Intervention and Education Lead for Sheffield City Council where she worked with schools across the city and advised Council leaders on a diverse range of education matters.
Whilst in post at Sheffield City Council, Pam was a very effective Strategic Lead for a wide range of education services including New Arrivals and English as an Additional Language; Early Years; Music and Arts; PE, Swimming and Outdoor Education; Children’s University; ESCAL (Sheffield Literacy and Language Strategy) and Head of the Virtual School for Children Looked After. This experience enables her to bring a comprehensive understanding of how to achieve best outcomes for all pupils.
Pam has extensive experience as a teacher and education adviser in Local Authorities including Leeds and Kirklees and as Regional Adviser for School Improvement for the National Strategies. She also taught in Spain where she lived and ran her own businesses for a number of years.
Pam's particular areas of expertise are in school standards and performance. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of national and local education priorities and how to support schools in their drive to improve outcomes for children and has regularly advised teachers, school leaders and governing bodies on improving practice in their schools – work which has regularly been highlighted by Ofsted and other external inspectors as having made significant impact.
Paul started his career from school in Sheffield with Henry Boot construction as a trainee accountant and worked in a variety of industries rising to Finance Director before setting up his first own business, Timberplay Ltd twenty years ago. Early on, through studying the field of childrens play, Paul realised that the play space development market was deeply dysfunctional, catering to adult anxieties rather than childrens needs. Since then he has campaigned for better play provision and assisted with the writing of the national guidance documents; design for play & managing risk in play provision. He and his company have championed a more natural approach to play provision and an acceptance of risk in play. His company are now one of the worlds most respected companies involved in the provision of play spaces and work across the UK, Middle East and India. In recent years he has diversified his business interested to include a specialist schools landscape business (Playgarden Design & resources Ltd) , a sports courts & skatepark business, (Lightmain Ltd) and a street furniture & lighting business (All Urban Ltd). He also invests in other local businesses and acts as a trustee for several charities.
Joe is Head of Risk and Portfolio Analytics at Seven Investment Management (7IM), a company who look after over £14bn of client money. Joe manages the investment risk team, who try to ensure that portfolios are taking the right level of risk, to help meet people’s savings and investment goals. He has ten years of experience working for a variety of investment firms in London, including M&G Investments and State Street. Joe has always been interested in learning and education, graduating with a Masters (MSc) in Applied Economics from the University of Nottingham in 2010, and since becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®).