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David Wilkin (Vice Chair)

I have lived in the area for over 20 years and as a business leader am passionate about the education of young people and how this is linked to our future society. My daughter went through the education system in Pontefract and my grandchildren are currently in the system and my values are most definitely aligned to providing all children in Pontefract with the opportunity to access outstanding education.

I am currently a Non Exec Chair of Real Life Options a company limited by guarantee with Charitable status. Real Life Options operate in social care sector from multiple sites throughout UK supporting around 800 people with learning disabilities  turning over £45M and with around 1800 staff.  Prior to this I was a Sales Director with Board responsibility at Melett a manufacturing SME in international automotive  aftermarket  £25M turnover and around 200 staff worldwide, operating from bases in USA, China, Poland, Mexico, board responsibility for developing driving and delivering on worldwide company sales & marketing strategy.

I am the Vice Chair of Trustees for Pontefract Academies Trust, also sitting on its Finance and General Purposes Committee

I have been the Chair of the School Governance Committee for Carleton Park J&I since it joined the Trust.  During this time the school has moved from an Ofsted judgement of Requires Improvement to a secure Good.  I am currently Chair of the Executive School Governance Committee at Carleton Community High School


Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions

Name of Business or Organisation

Nature of Business or Organisation

Nature of Interest

Date of appointment of acquisition

Date of cessation of interest

Melett Ltd

Automotive Parts

Sales Director



Real Life Options

Social Care Provider

Member & Non-Executive Director