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Hinde House

Academy Advisory Council

Each AAC consists of a group of people who could be parents, community nominees, Academy staff and, with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 11 people. They will meet with the Academy Principal and the Associate Principal where appropriate.

In attendance at these meetings will be Link Trustees and a member of the Trust Leadership Team. This is to ensure that the voice of the local stake holders is heard first-hand by the Board of Trustees. The Chair of the Trust and the Chief Executive Officer will attend at least one Academy Advisory Council meeting per year.

The current Academy Advisory Council members are:

Chair: Peter Taylor (Parent - Former LAB member)

Pete is the Chair of the Hinde House Academy Advisory Council. He has 2 children who both currently attend Hinde House Primary Phase and has been in a governing role within the Trust since Autumn 2017. Pete is a Trustee of various music charities and as such, is experienced with committee roles.

Pete is a professional musician and music educator with a portfolio career. He works freelance as a singing teacher, choir conductor and classical baritone singer. He is also the Education Development Editor for ‘Out of the Ark Music Ltd’, where he works to promote the role of singing as a force for good within all areas of the primary curriculum, and to support all teachers to harness the power of music in their teaching. Pete has also spent 8 years with The Sheffield Music Hub as Singing Project Coordinator and Music Leader, developing and delivering city wide strategies to create quality opportunities in singing for all children aged 5-18.

Pete’s wife is a primary school teacher with 15 years’ experience, teaching in various parts of Sheffield, and together with their two children and black Labrador Hudson, they have lived in Firth Park for 7 years. He is a keen amateur cook and a Land Rover enthusiast. Pete and his family love camping holidays in the UK, spending time with friends, and singing loudly along to Mr Blue Sky by ELO!

Secretary: Amanda Jenkins (PA to the Principal Hinde House)

Amanda is Pa to the Principal.


David Drayson - Trustee (Chair)

David is a former Pharmacist and Area Manager for Boots the Chemist. He has substantial experience as a school Governor, Academy and Multi-Academy Trust Trustee/Director and Member. He has been Chair of Brigantia Learning Trust since its inception in 2014.

Jane Robinson (Trustee – Brigantia Learning Trust)

Jane sits on the board of Trustees for Brigantia Learning Trust and works as a freelance interim manager, supporting businesses and solving their problems. After over 20 years in engineering and manufacturing, in 2018 Jane successfully exited the laser cutting and engraving business she co-founded in 2003, during which time she also served as a Regional Advisory Board Member of the EEF (now Make UK). Jane is also a Member of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. In her role of Trustee with Brigantia Learning Trust, she continues her work to promote STEM subjects and encourage young people to think outside the box in their career choices.

Jacqui Simpson (Trust Leadership - Chief Operating Officer)

As Chief Operating Officer, Jacqui leads finance and operations across the Trust. Jacqui’s previous roles include Senior Finance Manager at Sheffield City Council.

Munif Zia (Principal – HHS)

Munif joined the Trust in September 2019 as Associate Principal at Hinde House Academy. In April he became Principal at the Secondary Phase and is extremely proud to be the first male British Muslim of Pakistani heritage to become a principal of a mainstream secondary school in Sheffield. Munif plans to use his status to promote diversity, bridge gaps and be an inspiration to all young people.

Nemo Abdi (Parent – HHS/HHP)

Nemo is a parent representative on the Hinde House AAC and has been since it was formed in October 2019. Nemo has previously worked with adults with learning disabilities and is now a stay-at-home mum to her 4 children. Over the years, Nemo has worked as an advocacy worker, community development worker and interpreter. She has a degree in Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University. Nemo has been involved in view community groups, such as Burngreave Mothers which is group of mothers trying to get their children off the streets and give them a safe environment to play and interact with other children. Most of Nemo’s time is spent with her children, but when she does get a chance, she enjoys swimming and adventure walks. She also enjoys working with people, especially those with special needs, as she says this is very rewarding and humbling.

Zoe Andrews (Parent – HHS)

Zoe is a housewife and mother of 3 children who all attend Hinde House Academy. She has lived in the area for 25 years and has been a member of the AAC, as a parent representative, since it was formed in October 2019. Zoe was a previously a parent/community governor for Brightside school for over 4 years and helped out in a local school to support with reading. She also worked with Home-Start supporting families/children/Foster children in different areas for 8 years but sadly this has closed now. Zoe ran toddler groups for over 10 years when her children were younger. She then became a Trustee member for Wincobank Village Hall and Brightside Park which she is still involved in. Zoe likes to volunteer in the local area to give something back, helping out with events for all ages and abilities.

Rebecca Roberts (Parent – HHP)

Rebecca has been involved with the academy for over 4 years, originally acting as a parent governor at Hinde House Primary Phase. She joined the team to play an active role in the development of the organisation and to provide a mental health stand-point for both employees and children. She is currently a parent AAC member and her daughter attends Hinde House Primary Phase.

Rebecca is a mental health nurse in Sheffield, working for a community-based assessment team, and has been nursing for over 10 years. Her background is in assessment and treatment of mental health, however, she has been heavily involved in the development and reformation of services. She has also been involved in inspections and evaluations of services, ensuring they meet CQC standards.

When not at work Rebecca spends time driving her daughter to various after school activities, including theatre school and gymnastics, for which she is part of the fundraising team. They enjoy playing games, the theatre and crafting together when not involved in the community.

Julia Arthurs (Teacher – HHP)

Julia has been a staff representative on the Hinde House AAC since it was formed in October 2019. She is the Phase Leader for EYFS and based at Hinde House Primary Phase.

Mick Jones (Support Staff – HHS)

Mick has been a staff representative on the Hinde House AAC since it was formed in October 2019. He has worked at Hinde House Academy since November 1990. His current role as Behaviour & Welfare Officer involves working closely with the students and families in the local community. With over 30 years experience working at Hinde House, he is familiar with lots of our families and in many cases, he remembers the parents from when they, themselves, were students at Hinde House Academy.

Rae Nicolls



Amanda Appleby

 Amanda has been a parent member of the Hinde House AAC in two stages since it was formed in October 2019 and her son currently attends Hinde House Primary Phase.

Amanda is a teacher and manager, working for a not-for-profit training provider, and has been teaching for over 17 years. Her background is in work-based learning and Adult/Further Education, however, she also has experience of teaching and supporting school-age children having previously spent nearly 4 years working in Alternative Provision. Through her work, she has been involved in numerous Ofsted inspections as well as evaluations of programmes and provision.

When not at work, Amanda spends time supporting her son in his extra-curricular activities including Scouts and rugby. She is also involved with local community groups aimed at protecting heritage graveyards in the Sheffield area and is a trustee of Zion Graveyard in Attercliffe, where her son is also a volunteer. 

Sarah Harney-Levine


Zara Salman



The Brigantia Learning Trust Board has established five key roles for Academy Advisory Councils:

  • To advise/act as a critical friend to the Principal of the Academy;
  • To advise the Trustees about local issues they need to consider that affect the Academy;
  • Represent the interest of the Academy community in the running of the Academy;
    Represent the Academy in its community;
  • Provide support to the Principal in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy.

The five roles translate specifically into the following tasks that the AAC undertakes:

  • It acts as a key link between the Academy, parents and local community;
  • It supports the work of the Academy in the community;
  • It supports the Principal and Academy Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the Academy Development Plan and other relevant plans, ensuring that the Brigantia Learning Trust ethos remains at the heart of the Academy community;
  • It helps on the ground with the implementation of certain Academy policies;
  • It offers challenging but positive and proactive support to the Principal;
  • It regularly discusses the Academy’s performance in relation to the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)