The Executive Team

Spencer Pitfield

For the last ten years Spencer has taught music at Birkdale School in Sheffield.  Before this he taught at the world renowned Purcell School of Music in London. Spencer has a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in British Clarinet and Piano music and is married to Gabrielle – they have three children of school age.

Spencer has previously served as a local Councillor for eight years, holding various Portfolio Holder positions and also becoming Deputy Leader of the Council. At the 2005 General Election he contested Sheffield Hallam constituency against Nick Clegg MP.  In 2010 he was the Parliamentary Candidate for the newly formed seat of Penistone & Stocksbridge. In 2016 he was the Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough parliamentary by-election candidate.

Since 2010 Spencer has been the Conservative Party spokesman for Sheffield and South Yorkshire.  In this capacity he makes regular media appearances; BBC Radio 4 World at One, LBC Radio, Sky News, BBC News, BBC Look North, BBC Radio Sheffield. He is a columnist for the Yorkshire Post newspaper and also writes for the online platforms of Conservative Home and Conservative Voice.

A previous Conservative Policy Forum National Director, Spencer is currently the National Director of the Conservative Workers & Trade Unionists (CWTU) www.toryworkers.co.uk.

In 2016 he was awarded the OBE by HRH Prince William at Buckingham Palace for political service – here in respect of his work on the Conservative Party’s 2015 General Election manifesto.

Spencer cares passionately about working hard to make a difference for all people. Losing his brother at a young age to kidney cancer was a life changing experience. Between 2007 and 2016 he sat as a Bench Chairman at Sheffield Magistrate’s Court (now on Magistrate supplemental list). In 2015 he was elected as a Sheffield NHS Foundation Trust Governor.

Appointed as Paces School Governor 13th July 2015.

Resigned as a Trustee of Paces on 31st July 2017.

Karen Hague

COMPANY SECRETARY / OFFICER TO THE BOARD – Along with Norman Perrin, she was one of the founder members of Paces and has been committed to its aims for many years. She is an efficient and effective manager with considerable experience in administration, people management and development and financial planning and management.

Karen’s only child has cerebral palsy following a premature birth.  She supported the early summer schools and development of the Paces charity.

Her work with families was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list when she received an MBE in 2004.

Gabor Fellner

Gabor became Headteacher of Paces School in 2002.  He is a graduate of the world renowned Pető Institute (1976).

He is a qualified Conductor and his qualifications and accreditation is as follows:

Teacher of Biology 1979 – Hungary

Special Needs Qualification 1985 – Hungary Postgraduate Degree in Education 2002 – New Zealand Qualified Teacher Status 2004 – UK Anatomy and Physiology Diploma 2009 – UK.

Gabor has an international reputation and has practised as a conductor in many different settings, serving as Principal at both Residential Schools for children with motor disorders and organisations for young people with learning difficulties.

He is responsible for the day to day management of Paces school, Including overseeing training of newly employed conductors. Gabor is also responsible for the continued professional development of all school staff and the learning programmes provided by the school.

Gabor maintains close links with staff in other mainstream schools who require advice and guidance when working with children with cerebral palsy.  He is also responsible for all training cooperation with external organisations, including such centres of excellence as the Birmingham National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE).

Appointed as a Paces school Governor in July 2008.