A BARNSLEY woman has been appointed as the new chair to the board of Yorkshire’s largest mixed sector multi-academy trust.

Cheryl Hobson takes over the position at Barnsley-based Wellspring Academy Trust from former chair Hearl Lenton and brings more than 30 years’ experience in finance, local government and the NHS to the role.

Cheryl has been involved in Wellspring’s governance as a board member and co-opted member of the Finance and Resources Committee since 2015.

She said: “Being part of Wellspring’s journey so far has brought me a huge sense of pride and joy, so I’m honoured to take on the role of chair of the board.

"As someone born and raised in Barnsley and a product of the comprehensive school system here, I understand the communities in which a lot of Wellspring’s schools are based. The positive impact the Trust is having on those communities is phenomenal.”