Trustee Directors

Clare Morrow’s daughter Mary is 23 and lives in Willow Court. She came to Hollybank when she was 11, attending school as a weekly boarder until she was 20, before making Hollybank her permanent home. Mary has Rett Syndrome.

Clare is a journalist by profession and has worked in television, radio and the newspapers during her career, including 15 years at ITV where she was the Controller of News and Programmes. She now works mainly as a non- executive director and is currently on the Board of Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, and the Rugby Football League.

She is the former Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, the organisation responsible for bringing the Tour de France and now the Tour de Yorkshire cycle races to the county. She has also been a director of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres.

She is a former Chair of the Rett Syndrome Association UK, a charity which provides support for families of people with Rett Syndrome, and was previously a school governor, both at Hollybank and at Green Meadows School in Leeds.

Clare has two older children and two grandchildren. She lives in Guiseley, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Jane Johnston is Group HR Director of Senior plc, responsible for global HR strategy. Jane is an experienced HR professional with experience of working across a range of geographies. Jane has a proven track record of adding value by developing and delivering people strategies in order to achieve business results. Comfortable working at a strategic level with Boards and senior leaders as well as ensuring high quality operational delivery. Jane has held a number of senior HR positions including Group HR Director at Pace plc and in a range of sectors such as pharmaceuticals, construction, professional services.

Born in North Lincolnshire in 1949 and, after leaving school in Grimsby, moved to Chelmsford to take up an electronics apprenticeship with The Marconi Company. Chris later joined a Leeds distributor of electronic components where he eventually held a senior management position before setting up his own constancy business in 2001.

Chris has five children and nine grandchildren who take up much of his spare time but enjoys travelling, cycling and photography in his leisure time.

He has been a Trustee Director of Hollybank since 2008 and sits on the Trustee Employment Committee as well as the Nominations Committee. Chris is now retired and enjoying retirement with Jan.

I live in Huddersfield and am a consultant paediatrician working at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS foundation trust since 2004.  Having had my initial medical training and medical qualification in India, I moved to UK in 1994 and spent my initial training years predominantly in Wales. Subsequently I completed my post graduate higher paediatric training mainly based at Sheffield Children’s hospital. I specialise in Paediatric Neuro-disability and complex needs along with General Paediatrics and Neonatology.  I also have a keen interest in Medical education and am currently a training programme director for the foundation doctors.

I have been associated with Hollybank trust for many years as a visiting Paediatrician and been a Trustee director since 2011 I am also part of the quality committee.

My interest outside work includes cricket, philosophy and reading.

I am currently a director on the board of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, the arms-length management company that manages the Council housing stock for Kirklees Council. I also chair School Appeal panels, hearing appeals relating to admissions to schools in Kirklees and Calderdale, and I am a governor of my local First School.

John Sykes was born in Leeds in 1957, was brought up in Huddersfield, and now lives in Leeds. He has been married to Sally Ann since 1987. They have four grown up children, one of whom is disabled. John graduated in business management, is a qualified solicitor, and has a Masters in EU competition law.

He is an expert in intellectual property and specialises in the protection and commercialisation of technological innovations. He is a consultant to the law firm where he was a partner for 25 years. He continues to work in the patent and trade mark attorney practice he owns.

He has been a governor at Leeds Trinity University since 2008 as a member of the audit committee and the remuneration committee of which he is now chairman. He is due to retire as a governor after 9 years in 2017.

John's leisure activities include horse riding, golf, cycling and walking.

I am a solicitor and a partner in a large international firm of solicitors. I have previously served on our global board and as head of our office in Leeds. I specialise in corporate finance law and particularly in private equity transactions. I am also a non-executive director of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where I serve on the audit and remuneration committees and take a particular interest in Estates and Corporate Governance arrangements.

Executive search consultant, business owner and career advisor, with a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Management from The University of Buckingham.

Chris is the Founder and Director of Main-Board Executive search, who are a specialist in completing a variety of senior positions including Chief Executives, Managing directors, CFOs, COOs as well as HR Directors. Clients include private equity, SMEs as well as listed companies nationally.

In addition to this he is also a Chairman at Sharp Consultancy, which is a leading specialised recruiter of finance and HR staff. Before this Chris was a senior consultant at Michael Page Group, working in Leeds, London and Glasgow.

Chris spends his day solving his client’s vacancies, identifying talent, fundraising, running, cycling or swimming or spending time with his family, Chris speaks a variety of languages, including Italian, French, Portuguese and most impressively Scottish.

Mike is a non executive director of North Midland Construction PLC, Schroders Asian Total Return Investment Trust Plc and Real Good Food Plc and chairs their audit Committees. He is a chartered accountant but has spent most of his career working in industry. Prior to retiring earlier this year, Mike was the CFO of Low & Bonar Plc for seven years, having previously been CFO of Vp plc for over six years and a senior finance executive within Rolls-Royce for more than ten years. He has been a school governor and was, for seven years, a trustee and treasurer of Target Ovarian Cancer.