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The North Huddersfield Trust

As a Foundation Trust School, North Huddersfield Trust School works in partnership with our Trust members who support the school through providing extra opportunities for students and their families both in and out of school.


Our Trust Partners

Click on the name of the Trust partners to see their website and learn more about their work.  Beneath each Trust partner we have listed just a small sample of additional opportunities each Trust partner has provided.



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Support from Concious Youth

Conscious Youth can bring many links as a Trust partner, including access to local funding, youth-led projects, invitations for students to attend and perform at local events, peer mentoring opportunities, local youth provision and local volunteering opportunities.

Sophie Simpson – Cummins Turbo Technologies

I am a mother, wife and business owner. I also now have the title of school governor. I was brought up in the Ashbrow Ward but have travelled many places. I studied LLB Law at Leeds Beckett University and proceeded to work as an Operations Manager in a fast paced sales environment.

I am very passionate about young people, their future, how they develop and decided that moving into running my own business as a youth and community facilitator and event organiser was a natural fit.

After the loss of my daughter to anencephaly in 2016, I wanted to help young people be heard, to learn how to find who they are and what they stand for.  This drove me to step out of my comfort zone and set up my own business, alongside one of my closest friends and thus Conscious Youth was born!

Conscious Youth is a community organisation based in Huddersfield, which is led by and for young people. We seek to redress the balance by developing Young People’s skills, knowledge and aspirations. The work we do focuses on creating & delivering preventative youth work through youth clubs, projects, programmes & events for young people between the ages of 13 – 24.  The young people we work with are from hard to reach, disadvantaged, LGBT & BAME communities. Our core aim is to improve the mental and emotional resilience of young people. Our work is centred on three key themes; community cohesion, active citizenship and personal development.

In my spare time I am a volunteer public speaker for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and I play netball for a local team.


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Support from Cummins Turbo Technologies

Engineering apprenticeships, interview skills, science and engineering trips, Interesting Vehicles event, robotics projects

Dr John Clark – Cummins Turbo Technologies

I am Director Advanced Engineering where I lead a global engineering team to develop new products and systems to support the company’s future growth.  The work involves managing projects, people, budgets and talking to customers across the world.

I have a degree in Material Science and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering & Metallurgy.  I started my career as a graduate engineer at GEC Alstom and joined Cummins Turbo Technologies in 1999 where I have held a variety of roles within the product development and customer facing teams.

I enjoy participating in and watching most sports, and am a keen cyclist and football supporter.

I have been a Trust Director since the formation of the school.

Dr Ivan Kaiser

I am a Trust Governor and initially joined the Pupil Needs committee before moving to the Finance committee which also addresses Health & Safety, something I am passionate about. I am really looking forward to working with the team of highly enthusiastic Governors and NHTS Staff specifically in this area and see great potential to leverage best practises at both NHTS and Cummins Turbo Technologies where I have been employed for the last 19 years.

 I have worked in multiple departments during my time at Cummins ranging from product engineering through to operations quality and manufacturing engineering where I am currently Manufacturing Platform Leader for new product introduction. It is an honour to serve with such a dedicated team of Governors and school staff and I’m really proud to be associated with the pupils and staff at NHTS and look forward to many more years of collaboration.


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Huddersfield Community First

Huddersfield Community First was officially launched in November 2018. The organisation was founded on a vision to establish an organisation which would cater for the entire community, young and old. An organisation open to all without any prejudices whilst working in partnership with establishments nationally. This will result in a community where all individuals, families and neighbourhoods could prosper. Our focus is on the following 4 areas; Education, Inter Faith, Outreach and Youth.

Mohammed A Saleem – Huddersfield Community First

I am a TV Presenter and Community Worker. I began pursuing my studies in Theology and Religious Education at the age of 13 and studied in various institutes across the UK and South Africa. Since my graduation in 2015, I have worked for many community organisations, as I have always had a passion to help others create a better future for themselves and build a community in which everyone can prosper. I have also served as an Imam for 3 years in a local Mosque.

Over the past few years, I have worked very hard to form a bond and rapport with the youth in the Thornton Lodge and Birkby areas of Huddersfield in order to develop and nurture them for a better future. I have always believed in unity, building bridges, community cohesion and helping others. To fulfil this vision, I reached out and worked with Churches, Hospitals, Foodbanks, Schools, Mosques, Local Government (Kirklees) and many other organisations and individuals. To further this cause, I founded Huddersfield Community First with the help of a few volunteers and friends.

In my spare time I love to travel, see new places and experience different cultures.

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Support from Huddersfield Town Foundation


Siobhan Atkinson – Huddersfield Town Foundation

Siobhan has worked in sport since 1999 and has worked for The Premier League, The Football Foundation, Barclays and the Rugby Football League. Prior to joining the Foundation Siobhan was Director of Projects for the Rugby Football League overseeing strategy, Rugby League 2021 World Cup Legacy programmes and international tours and events for England and Great Britain. In January 2017 she was appointed Director of Leicester City Community Trust on a 9 month consultancy basis and overhauled their strategy and project delivery. She spent 8 years at the Premier League supporting the Clubs on their community strategy development and implementation. During this time she lead on Premier League for Sport, a £10m project which created a legacy around London 2012 Olympics. She created Premier League Girls Football, a £3m initiative that created opportunities for over 25,000 young girls. Siobhan was Event Director for the Premier League Schools Tournaments engaging over 10,000 participants and 1,300 schools annually alongside creating a feature programme on the BBC to showcase the event.

Before joining the Premier League she headed up Barclays Spaces for Sports, a £30million initiative that developed 200 new community sports sites across the UK which included a 6 months secondment to South Africa to project managing the first overseas site for Barclays.

Siobhan has also worked on several major international sporting events including the London 2012 Olympics, 2002 Commonwealth Games and the Boat Race. She gained a BA Hons in Sport and Recreation Studies from The University of Birmingham.

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Support from Kirklees Active Leisure

Reward schemes for staff and students, working with the school to promote healthy lifestyles, career guidance and apprenticeship opportunities

About Alasdair Brown – Kirklees Active Leisure

I have been involved in the leisure sector for the past 25 years, working with a range of local authorities, as well as a period of time with Sport England.  Prior to working with KAL I worked for Leeds City Council for over 6 years, which provided me with a wide range of experience of working within a major city and the particular challenges faced there.

In July 2008 I was appointed to the position of Chief Executive with Kirklees Active Leisure and I thoroughly enjoy my current role, working with a variety of people and organisations to improve sport and leisure opportunities and provision for the people of Kirklees.

KAL is honoured to be a partner of North Huddersfield Trust School and is committed to supporting the fantastic work that takes place there.

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Support from Kirklees College

Apprenticeship programmes, careers guidance, adult education provision

Marie Gilluley – Kirklees College Principal

I have worked in further education (FE) for over 30 years. My first job was at Central Manchester College as a lecturer in computer-aided engineering. I went on to spend 25 years in Manchester, at MANCAT and The Manchester College, progressing from lecturer to Senior Vice Principal before taking up the post of Principal at Bolton College in 2011. I joined Kirklees College as Principal in January 2017.

As chair of the Greater Manchester Colleges Group, I have helped to develop significant collaboration between FE colleges in the district to improve curriculum quality and achieve greater responsiveness. I have been the FE representative in many forums including the Skills and Employment Partnership and worked closely with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in the development of the skills aspects of the Devolution Agreement.

I am passionate about education and providing opportunities for all.

In my spare time I enjoy travel, especially walking coastal paths with my husband, and spending time with my two grown-up sons, often watching cricket.

Carmen Gonzalez-Eslava – Kirklees College

I have worked in education for over 20 years. I started as a Lecturer at Manchester University and moved to become an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher at a large college of further education in Manchester. I worked there for 14 years, progressing from a part-time tutor to becoming Assistant Principal with responsibility for English and maths, ESOL, Inclusion and Learner Support Services in a multi-site and fast-growing organisation. As a senior leader, I developed key strategic partnerships across the city with a variety of key stakeholders to widen participation, and secured growth and quality improvements year after year.

My passion for raising aspirations and improving outcomes for learners from disadvantaged and low attainment backgrounds led me to spending some time in the Primary sector before returning to Further Education to lead the Directorate for Adult and Higher Education at another Further Education College in Greater Manchester. During this period, I worked collaboratively with employers, the Local Authority and relevant stakeholders to shape a responsive curriculum offer, improving achievement and progression outcomes for learners and meeting the economic needs of the region.

In August 2017, I was successfully appointed as Vice Principal at Kirklees College leading on Curriculum, Performance and Innovation. I feel privileged to be working with Kirklees employers, schools, the local authority and other stakeholders to develop the workforce of the future, create opportunities for local people and businesses and deliver sustainable economic growth for our region.

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Support from Kirklees Council

Support and guidance on DfE, Ofsted and local authority education matters. Help with access to professional networks and subject experts

Sarah Grant – Kirklees Council

I have over 30 years’ experience in education, in Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees, where I am currently seconded to the Learning Service as a Kirklees Learning Partner.

I began my career as a science teacher but moved into Inclusion and Special Educational Needs to deal with some of the problems and issues facing many of the enthusiastic young scientists I was teaching. I still have a keen interest in the developments in science and science education, and am a member of the Institute of Physics.

 I am an enthusiastic photographer and walker, which is useful as my rescued lurcher dogs need plenty of exercise!

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Support from Local Services 2 You

Opportunities for students to undertake placements and volunteer. Joint projects and initiatives with local children and families.


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Support from ONE 17 Design

Music tuition and foreign travel bursaries, sponsorship of events, work experience, student mentoring


About Caroline Lee – ONE 17 Design

I am a teacher by profession and have taught at both secondary and primary level in Kirklees – Physics at Shelley High School and Year 6 at Brockholes Primary School. I am also author of a series of ‘Caring for Kids’ parenting books.

I now work alongside my husband Mark as Education Co-ordinator and Head of Community Liaison at One17. I am a Trustee of our own One 17 Design Charitable Trust and also a Trustee of the Huddersfield Town Foundation. I enjoy getting involved and supporting activities in our local community.

Interests and hobbies – first and foremost is my family – always number one!

I love to travel, but wouldn’t want to leave West Yorkshire on a permanent basis and I also ski, enjoy walking in the mountains and generally like to keep fit and active.

Nathan Clegg – One 17 Design

I’ve been a Graphic Designer at One 17 Design for almost 20 years, after completing my studies at Honley High School and Batley Art College.

I’m one of a two-man graphics team taking on a variety of work that a busy design practice creates, from websites and conceptual 3D designs to full corporate rebrand packages.  We were also honoured to design the North Huddersfield Trust School prospectus.

I live locally and have always been based in Huddersfield which enables me to be more in-touch with the local community. Also being one of the Trust partners really is a privilege and being able to provide resources and experience to the students is very rewarding.

Outside of work I’m a keen cyclist, both on and off-road and regularly take part in race events….any opportunity to show off our One17 branded cycling kit!!! I like to keep fit generally and have competed in several triathlons and endurance events over the last few years.

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Support from Syngenta

Staff development opportunities, access to apprenticeships, outdoor learning expertise, sponsorship of events, student mentoring

Carl Sykes – Syngenta

I started my working life as an apprentice with ICI at the age of 16 and continued my education by studying part-time, firstly at Huddersfield Technical College and subsequently at the University of Huddersfield. I attained a first degree in Business Studies and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management, whilst also becoming a member of the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development. I have held management positions in Human Resources, Communications and Marketing for ICI, AstraZeneca and Syngenta.

I enjoy spending time with my family, participating in sport and I have a passion for classic cars.

Tim Yates – Syngenta

I am a Maintenance Professionalism Engineer for the global science company, Syngenta. I joined Syngenta (or ICI as it was at the time) having completed an engineering degree at Loughborough University, and am a chartered engineer.  I have done a number of engineering jobs for Syngenta and its legacy companies, most recently for the global arm of the business whilst based here in Huddersfield.

I am married and have three teenage daughters.  I am a member of the Huddersfield Elim Church, I enjoy watching rugby and I have recently started learning audio engineering and stained glass making.

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Support from the University of Huddersfield

Visits and trips covering many curriculum areas, aspirational speakers, careers advice and guidance

Gill Reed – University of Huddersfield

I joined the University of Huddersfield in 2003 as an Accounting Technician then subsequently took up the post of Finance Manager in the School of Human and Health Sciences. After being given the opportunity to study for an MBA at the University of Huddersfield, I took up my current role as Head of School Administration in 2015 and recently became a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

I am passionate about enabling people to achieve their potential and enjoy supporting both staff and students to help them along their path to making a difference.

I am married and have triplets who have been an inspiration. I was previously a parent governor for 8 years and vice chair of a governing body for which I was honoured to be able to give something back to the School that taught my children.

I like to keep fit and have taken part in the Manchester marathon and a number of triathlons and running events during the last three years.