Meet the Trustees

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.

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.

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 Trustee on 29th July 2014

Email: info@pacessheffield.org.uk