Meet The Governors

Angela Sandhal

Angela is a practising solicitor at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors where she specialises in all aspects of public law. She has a particular interest in education law and has acted for clients in cases raising issues of wider public importance including in the areas of school transport, equality assessments and in fitness to practise disputes concerning medical and other students. Her work has been recognised by one of the UK’s leading legal directories for the last few years, where she is currently ranked as an education lawyer.

Having also practiced for many years in the area of special educational needs law including acting for parents in cases before the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal for children with complex needs, Angela came into contact with PACES and was inspired by the school’s educational philosophy and unique provision and its positive impact on the outcomes for children and their families.

Since taking up a position on the board, Angela has taken a keen interest in the compliance and regulatory aspects of the school and she was later elected Chair of Governors through which she will continue the work of striving for excellence in all aspects of the school’s leadership and governance.

Angela’s other experience of governance includes serving on a number of different work related committees throughout her career to date including more recently as an officer of the Doncaster and District Law Society.

Away from work, Angela’s interests include travel, tennis tournaments and gardening.

Appointed as a Paces School Governor on 26th July 2016.

Elected Chair of Governors on 5th December 2016.


Wally Hirst

Wally is a retired Independent Management Consultant who became a Trustee and Governor in 2006 to make a difference to the lives of our children and young people through education. His business experience has proven invaluable as a Trustee of Paces Sheffield.

Appointed as a Paces school Governor on 13th July 2015.

Janet Baker

Janet is a Solicitor and Director in the firm of Switalaskis in Sheffield.  She specialises in Clinical Negligence with a particular focus on cerebral palsy and brain damage resulting from injury at birth.  She is familiar with the challenges that face families on a daily basis and has assisted children and young people and their families to access appropriate educational provision and assessments.  She has a keen interest in this area of work.  For 8 years she was a lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University and visiting lecturer at Leeds & Bradford Universities and continues with an assessor’s role for the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.  She was previously an examiner for the College of Law, York.

Her experience of supporting charities was as a Trustee on the Regional Board of the RSPCA and she has fulfilled various functions to ensure the effective governance of the charity including fundraising; monitoring and coaching staff; responding to grievances and dealing with disciplinary matters.

Appointed as a Paces school Governor on 26th July 2016.

Charlotte Kukstas

Charlotte received her medical degree at Sheffield University and spent her first two years as a junior doctor working in Scarborough and Hull before coming back to Sheffield to do her GP training. Outside of her work her main interests are cooking and gardening.  Charlotte likes to make the most of having the Peak District on her doorstep and enjoys doing a few cycle rides when the weather is nice.

She has seen the medical issues of children with cerebral palsy and is interested in the educational aspects to help make a difference.

Appointed as a Paces school Governor on 26th July 2016

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.

Anita Sandhal

Anita works as a teacher in a school in Sheffield and has been involved in Education for many years. She has studied education theory within both her degree and post-graduate studies and takes a keen interest in both educational practice and policy. Anita hopes that her knowledge and experience in the education sector would be an asset to the school and would support the governing body to ensure the school enable all children to excel.

Appointed:  13th July 2016  


Norma served as a Trustee and Governor since 13th July 2015 and resigned on the 9th June 2016.

John Biggin was Paces Chair of Trustees since 13th July 2015 and retired on 28th November 2016.

Before joining Paces, Jayne worked as a volunteer for Home Start, a charity that supports families and children.

She joined Paces on January 2008 and has, generally, worked with Primary and Secondary students. Although, she has also had opportunities to get involved with students from the whole school.

During her employment, she has studied and successfully qualified as a level 3 Teaching Assistant.

She hopes her role as a governor will provide her with new skills and establish ongoing support throughout Paces.

Emma’s background is in business management and finance and she is eager to use her knowledge and skills to benefit the School.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree, a Masters in Business Administration and is ACCA qualified, though not a practising accountant.  She has over 20 years business experience.

Emma’s daughter, Mia, has attended Paces since 2011 and she has seen first-hand what Paces School for CE can offer to both pupils and parents alike.  She is keen to help the Governing Body in any way possible to make the School an even more outstanding place that it is already.

She is very passionate about this as it has been a wonderful support for herself, her husband and her daughter.  Before Mia started in the Nursery they viewed several different options across Sheffield and knew immediately that Paces was the only place for her.

Eva graduated from Peto Institute in 2007 as a Conductor-Teacher.

She began her career working with adults before being asked to go to Germany where she worked for one year at FortSchritt in a conductive nursery and led afternoon sessions for school aged children as well.

After moving to England in 2009, she joined Paces, working with students in both primary and secondary classes.

Eva became deputy safeguarding leader in 2017 and was elected as staff governor in Spring 2018.

Ann Menzies-Blythe

Ann’s career, after Art College in Brighton, was in top flight retail. She then joined The Times, in advertising in London. Headhunted to the Yorkshire Post Newspapers in Yorkshire, successfully building the advertising base. Promoted Ann became Sales and Marketing Director, responsible for generating and building all the revenues. Subsequently, she was asked to join the Scotsman Newspapers, in Edinburgh, as Deputy Managing Director.

There she contributed substantially to bringing the newspapers back in to sustainable profit. Changing tack, Ann became the Director/CEO for a charity in Yorkshire, Wildwood, expanding her knowledge of the Third Sector and Social Enterprise in the community.  Ann set up her own company, which specialised in director development, social enterprise and executive coaching.  She worked with the IoD to bring director training to Directors and Trustees of charities and social enterprises in Yorkshire, a unique project that attracted Government and European funding.  It was her work with charities that brought her into contact with Paces Sheffield.

Currently, she is MD of Diamond Consultancy, and Infinity PR and Events.

Appointed as a Paces school Governor on 13th July 2015.