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John Gough

My background is as a chartered quantity surveyor.  My most recent role was as a chairman of the LIFT Board for Barnsley PCT.  This board was responsible for ensuring joined up services in new, bespoke facilities in local communities, working with the NHS, Local Authorities and private sector developers.  Between 1985 and 1999 I worked for Barnsley MBC as a contracts manager.  This role involved significant quality improvement responsibilities for the Local Authority.  I had key responsibilities for corporate procurement, best value processes and transfer of council services to third party charitable trusts.

In my role at Barnsley MBC, I led and managed significant change in social services following an adverse inspection report.  For example, a full restructure of senior management, the development and implementation of a quality improvement plan endorsed by social services inspectorate.  The department was ultimately graded ‘outstanding’.  As part of this role I reported both to elected members and to the inspectorate.

My current role is as Chair of the corporation of New College Pontefract.  Graded outstanding in all areas of the Ofsted common inspection framework in 2014.  I have been involved with the corporation since 1993.

I am also a Member of the recently formed NewCollaborative Learning Trust a family of 16-19 colleges located in areas of historical and persistent underachievement across Yorkshire and the Humber.

I am Chairman and Trustee of the Kings Foundation, as a nominee from the Duchy of Lancaster.  The foundation provides financial assistance to students in Pontefract, with a focus on raising aspiration for disadvantaged young people.

I am a Member and Trustee of Pontefract Academies Trust and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee.  I am also currently serving on the Executive School Governance Committee for Carleton Community High School and the  School Governance Committees for De Lacy Primary School and Carleton Park J&I School.


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

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NewCollaborative Learning Trust Multi Academies Trust (6th form) Member 2017  

Pontefract New College

6th Form College

Chairman of Governing Body



The King's Foundation Charity Trustee