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.

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.

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.”

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.

Marion worked in the NHS for over 20 years and left in 2008 to be a carer for her son.

She has had various volunteer roles within the disability community including Sheffield Autistic Society, Sheffield Parent Carer Forum, ALIVE Specialist Day Care Services and Friends of Talbot School where she also served as a school governor.

Marion lives in Sheffield with her husband and son.

David has operated in the Information Technology industry for over 20 years, working on national and multinational projects, within the Fortune 500 and FSTE 100 companies. His focus areas include technology, security, transformation and change management of business’, with extensive experience within the Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Sales Industries.

David has a Master of Science Degree and a Bachelor’s Science Degree from Sheffield Hallam University and prior to embarking on a career in Information Technology, David served within the British Army for over 10 years.