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.

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


Colin joins us having retired from over 30 years in Operations, Facilities and Project management working for Shell, Virgin Rail and Manchester Airport.

He is particularly keen on value for money and efficiency improvement through realistic contracts and team development.

To relax Colin enjoys travelling and cooking.


Norma was Head of Nutrition and Dietetics for 42 years in what became Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust.

On retiring in 2010 she became a Special Lecturer at the University of Nottingham assisting with the Quality Assurance of the clinical placements for student Dietitians.

She is a Past Chairman of the British Dietetic Association, Past Chairman of the Professional and Technical ‘A’ Whitley Council and for 16 years was a member of the Dietitians Board of the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, latterly chairing its Investigating Committee.



Lillian has worked 45 years for the NHS in mental health services both as nurse and manager, throughout her career Lillian has always advocated a person centred approach towards all clients (children and adult ). She is retiring in December 2018 and wants to devote some of her spare time to help Paces in anyway her specific skills can be utilised.

Lillian enjoys caring for her grandson, who attends Paces School, walking and reading fiction.

Appointed as a Paces Trustee on 22nd October 2018.


Alex Guy joined Switalskis Solicitors in Sheffield in December 2016, along with the rest of his specialist team from hlw Keeble Hawson.

Alex has specialised in Court of Protection (Property and Affairs) for several years, and is renowned for his expertise in this challenging field.

Alex was appointed as a Court of Protection Panel Deputy in April 2011 and again in 2015. Selected by the Office of the Public Guardian, Panel Deputies have been assessed to have the particular skills and expertise needed to act on behalf of a person who is lacking mental capacity where no one else is willing or able to do so, for example, where a suitable family member cannot be found or where there has been financial abuse.

He is one of only 71 Professional Deputies on the Court of Protection’s approved Panel; specifically 1 of 4 in Yorkshire.

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.

Suzanne joined Switalskis in March 2013. She has 28 years’ experience in the legal profession of which 20 have been spent specialising in medical negligence claims. She is accredited as a specialist in medical negligence claims by the patients’ charity, AvMA, and the Law Society. She is also recognised as a Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. She became a Director at Switalskis in August 2014.

Suzanne’s particular specialisms within clinical negligence are:

  • Cerebral palsy cases
  • Brain injury due to neonatal negligence including hypoglycaemia
  • Birth injury to mother and child
  • Abdominal surgery claims
  • Inquests and fatal claims.

Suzanne has received industry recognition for her clinical negligence practice, winning the Dispute Resolution Award at the 2016 Yorkshire Legal Awards. She is also ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK guide to the legal profession, which highlights her “genuine commitment to her clients, trying to make a real difference to their lives.”