​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Governance - List of Trustees ​

The Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction of the Academy Trust. They set the vision for the trust, development plans, general policy and the budget. The Trustees monitor performance in education, compliance and finance. They make major decisions about the direction of the Academy Trust, capital expenditure and senior staff appointments.  The Board of Trustees holds each governing body of academies within the Trust to account. 


Bill Clift - MBE, MEd Chair of Trustees

Invested Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen at Buckingham Palace (2009) for voluntary services to the community of Castleford and Wakefield (MBE).

National Leader of School Governance (5yrs).

Chairman of Trustees Castleford Academy Trust (5yrs).

I have served as a School Governor at many local schools for over 40years as Chairman or Vice Chairman.

Held the position of Chairman of Castleford High/Academy (27yrs).

Served as a Magistrate for 28yrs in both Criminal and Family Courts.

Graduated Master of Education University of Leeds.

College Lecturer Wakefield College Electrical Engineering.

Enthusiastic Rugby League and Sports supporter.

Chairman of Castleford Town FC 30yrs.

I am totally dedicated to our community and ensuring that our students have the best education by the best team of educationalist.

If you wish to contact Mr Clift please direct mail to:

c/o Castleford Academy
Ferrybridge Road
WF10 4JQ
Email: admin@castlefordacademy.com

Adam Fletcher

Adam qualified as a solicitor in 2003. Specialising in Property and Practice Management, he is currently the Managing Director of Ridley & Hall Legal Limited. Adam became a community governor at Castleford Academy in July 2015 and was appointed as Trustee of Castleford Academy Trust in January 2016. 

John Hughes

I am a governor and trustee at Castleford Academy. I have served on the governing body for quite a number of years. I was one of the 3 founding members of the academy. My aims are to see Castleford once again become an outstanding school, and for all pupils to improve their education whilst at school.

John Iveson

I have been a Trustee at Castleford Multi Academy Trust since April 2016.  For 15 years I was a governor at Three Lane Ends Academy and Chair of Governors for the last 7 years.  During that time I was part of the Standards Committee, Health & Safety Committee and Finance & Personell Committee.

After 30 years service I retired from the Fire Service in 2016.  I am married with two sons, both of whom attended Three Lane Ends Primary School and Castleford High School (as the Academy was then known).

George Panayiotou

George is the Headteacher of Castleford Academy and CEO of Castleford Multi Academy Trust.   He started his teaching career at the school in 2003 and has developed from there.  George has been Headteacher at Castleford Academy and Accounting Officer at Castleford Multi Academy Trust for 4 years.  George leads a team that is passionate about “working together to achieve excellence for all”.  Castleford Academy is a high achieving secondary academy, currently highlighted as being in the top 5% of schools nationally for the new Progress 8 measure of a school's performance within the DFE performance tables in Wakefield.  George is currently chair of the Secondary Headteacher’s board and contributes to other local and regional working groups. 

Barbara Townend

More information to follow

| Trustees Declaration of Interest 2017-18​​