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Joseph Leckie Academy

  • Leadership, Empathy, Community, Kindness, Integrity & Environment

Meet the Board of Trustees

Lisa Ingram

Chair of Trustees

Lisa has been a Trustee of the Academy for 8 years, beginning as a parent trustee and moving to the role of Chair in 2019. Lisa is a Business Improvement and Cultural Transformation specialist working in a large infrastructure and civil engineering business and is part of the inclusion steering forum, helping to set the diversity and inclusion direction for over 11,000 employees across the UK.  In her spare time Lisa enjoys gardening and weight-lifting


Niki Carpenter

Vice Chair of Trustees

Nikki has been working in education for 24 years. She began as a History Teacher, then as a middle and senior leader and most recently as a headteacher -  working in Wolverhampton secondary schools. Nikki has been a Headteacher of a secondary academy for several years. She has experience of being a school governor in her children’s school for over 10 years. Nikki holds the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and has completed the 3 Peaks Challenge in less than 24 hours! She is a wife and mother to two children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking and exploring various places with their touring caravan!

James Ludlow

Trustee & Accounting Officer

James is the Principal of Joseph Leckie Academy and has been in post since April 2021. He has been in education for over 25 years, working across a range of secondary schools as both a teacher of French and a middle and senior leader. James has been a secondary principal for over 8 years. He has successfully led Joseph Leckie Academy to an improved Ofsted outcome in 2021 and is very keen for the academy to improve further over the coming years. James currently chairs a number of local boards including the Walsall Police and School Panel and the Black Country Careers Hub. He also represents the Black Country on the Careers and Enterprise Company Educational Leadership Group. He is passionate about helping all young people achieve their potential and secure a strong future career pathway. In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen long-distance runner and a (very amateur) snooker player.

Alison Walsh

Alison is a local primary school Headteacher with 32 years’ experience in education across Birmingham and Walsall.

Her third headship returned her to Walsall where she is passionate about improving life chances of young people. She has had extensive roles in school improvement and leadership, working collaboratively with other local schools.

Alison is passionate about safeguarding pupils and ensuring the most disadvantaged pupils are given the best start. She became a trustee of Joseph Leckie to gain experience of another phase of education. Outside work Alison enjoys reading , is an avid fan of The Beatles and also enjoys visiting her caravan in the Peak District with her dog, Hey Jude.

John Owen

John is Subject Leader at the University of Wolverhampton for the Secondary Initial Teacher Education Computing courses. Within secondary schools John has held roles including, Head of ICT and Business Studies/Economics, oversight of all IT and pastoral roles. Other former roles include lead tutor for Teach First Computer Science/ICT for the West Midlands. John has been a National Strategies Consultant and ICT Advisor for a local authority leading a team of primary and secondary consultants; chaired the WMNet teaching and Learning Group; the e-Safety Group, and sat on the Management Board. He has also been a developer and assessor for 360 Safe e-Safety mark and an ICT Mark assessor. Special interests include e-safety and teaching pedagogies. John was involved in developing a unit for the ICT National Strategies and working as a lead developer with an examination board for a Teaching qualification aimed at developing computing skills among trained teachers. He has extensive experience of training and supporting qualified teachers and support staff. John is a Computing at School (CAS) Community Leader for Walsall and a Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP) Education Ambassador. His hobbies include walking and fishing.

Dr Mike Rickhuss

Dr Mike Rickhuss currently works at the University of Wolverhampton – Walsall Campus where he is the subject leader for secondary mathematics teacher training. Prior to being employed in higher education, Mike worked for several years as a local authority mathematics advisor in two West Midlands authorities. Mike started his professional career in teaching as a secondary school mathematician eventually leaving the classroom as a deputy headteacher. He has been the chair of governors in three secondary schools and has worked as a consultant for a number of national organisations involved with mathematics education. Mike has a keen interest in classical music and as a player of woodwind instruments he is involved as a performer with a number of local ensembles who give charity concerts around the region.

Ann Gough

Ann is now retired following a long career in public service. She was previously the CEO of Wolverhampton YMCA, a consultant at Wolverhampton City College and the CEO of the Students’ Union at Wolverhampton University. For several years she has been a Justice of the Peace on the Black Country Bench and has worked as a presiding Justice, appraiser and mentor. She has been a governor of a secondary school in Wolverhampton for 15 years including 5 years as a chair of governors. Ann is a keen dog walker and a volunteer reader at a primary school near to where she lives. She wishes to become a trustee to support the development and growth of schools. In her application form, Ann states that she brings strategic, leadership, budgeting skills, experience of pupil disciplinary panels and a strong understanding of safeguarding. She also brings compassion and a passion for enabling young people to thrive and grow in all areas of their lives.

Nasiya Tahir

Nasiya holds a BA in Cultural Studies and an MA in Communication Studies both from Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently Cross College Head of Department for English and Maths at the Warwickshire Group of Colleges. Previously Nasiya has held roles as a centre manager for three site and companywide academic lead at Skills Training UK. She worked at a university in the Middle East for 7 years as an international teaching and learning supervisor. She has been a champion of life-long learning from an early age and supported language learning within her local community. She completed a CELTA course to further enhance her teaching skills. Nasiya is highly organised, flexible and an avid reader. She keeps up with current affairs and has a keen interest in education, pedagogy, social justice and social mobility.

Amit Ram

Amit holds a senior role at Deutsche Bank where he is involved in change management and transformation. His areas of specialism include business design and analysis, processes and efficiency. He believes this gives him skills he can bring to the role. Amit also owns his own events company. He has young children who attend a school in Walsall.

Avtar Singh

Avtar is a graduate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked for Deutsche Bank for over 13 years. His current role is a Quality Assurance Officer, based in Birmingham. Avtar is very keen to volunteer, share his skills and give something back to his local community.

Javid Ram

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Fr. Mark McIntyre

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