The mentors in our mentor bank are experienced, senior leaders who are based in or work in South Yorkshire. They are a diverse group with a range of experience and backgrounds. All of our mentors give their time on a voluntary basis and are committed to supporting leaders in the regions’ voluntary sector.

Our Mentors

Alex Pettifer

Alex was previously Director of Estates and Facilities at Sheffield Hallam where he has enjoyed huge success managing the University’s investment into the improvement and expansion of the teaching, research and administration facilities as well as developing a sector leading approach to managing student residences. Alex remains Vice Chair of Sheffield City Trust. Through his work with the Trust he oversaw landmark Sheffield development projects, such as the refurbishment of this impressive and significant Sheffield building – the City Hall and the building of the National Ice Centre. In 1984 Alex helped set up Sheffield Industrial Museum’s Trust, and was its Chairman from 2000-2021. Alex was also a Director of Whirlow Hall Farm, a residential farm in Sheffield founded to educate inner city children and young people with special needs or disabilities. Upon his retirement from the University in 2010, Alex became Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sheffield’s Hospice, St Luke’s, having served on the Board for the previous four years. In 2010, he was awarded an MBE for his services to Higher Education and to the City of Sheffield.

Wendy Ward

Wendy is a Growth Consultancy for the Not for Profit, charity and Community sectors. She worked in recruitment for 20 years before becoming self employed in 2008. She has run direct sales companies and a web advertising business in good times and bad. She delivers workshops online and in classroom relating to outsourcing, cost management, fundraising and business planning/strategy. Wendy has secured over £400k in grant funding via trusts and foundations during the last 2 years in a pandemic for her charity and not for profit clients. Wendy is establishing a learning portal specifically for pre-start and start up not for profits, helping those who need free information in one place to make informed decisions on how to choose the legal structure and type of organisation which best suits their needs. Existing Mentor for Doncaster Chamber of Commerce Community Wealth Builder Project as well as a consultant within her own business, working on a 121 basis with Trustees, Directors and CEOs of charities and community businesses in South Yorkshire.

Andy Winter

Andy is currently Director of Student Support Services at the University of Sheffield. He is an experienced leader in the higher education sector having led large teams responsible for areas including membership services, mental health and well being, administration, equality, diversity and customer and digital services. Andy has particular experience in strategic planning, change management, coaching and mentoring and health and well being. Andy is keen to work with leaders who operate in areas such as youth work, education, the creative arts and poverty reduction.

Tracy Wray

Tracy is Director of Corporate Communications and External Relations at the University of Sheffield. Further details to follow shortly.

Koen Lamberts

Koen is Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. Further details to follow shortly.

David Quinney

David held a range of senior posts in a thirty year career in the NHS, managing general and teaching hospitals and community health services in England and Scotland. He then worked for the Audit Commission until he retired, where his specialisms were health inequalities, regeneration, partnerships and asset management, and he first trained as a mentor and mediator.

As a volunteer, David has been a trustee of a mental health charity in Sheffield acting as Chair of the Board for 8 years, and has held various roles in the leadership team of one of Sheffield’s largest parish churches. He is currently a trustee of the Sheffield Church Burgesses, a charity that has supported church, general charitable and community organisations in the City since 1554.

Amy Cooper

Amy is CEO of Onboard Skatepark Sheffield Ltd where she manages the education programme for alternative provision and wrap around care. Amy is vice Chair of the Sheffield Children, Youth and Family Consortium, working towards providing equal access to sport, physical, cultural and creative activities. Amy has experience of setting up and running both her own business and a not for profit organisation. Amy has particular interest in youth work, youth support and community cohesion projects.

Chris Hallam

Chris Hallam is a prominent and highly successful transformational change and behaviour coach, corporate board advisor, NED, CEO and executive mentor, as well as advising his clients and partners on topics including global change, strategic risk management, innovation leadership and disruptive thinking. Amongst the companies he has worked with are Lloyds Bank, Halifax plc, C&G, TSB, Bank Of Scotland, Carillion, Fortune Brands, Walgreens and Boots. Chris can offer clients a wealth of knowledge and proactive problem-solving experience. He calls upon his passions for innovation & staff development, as well as his exceptional leadership, motivational and root-cause analysis skills, when coaching, advising and mentoring talented individuals within highly successful teams. As an internationally qualified Professional Behavioural Change Coach, Chris also uses his significant knowledge and experience of coaching in high performance sport settings, such as GB Basketball, to effectively advise clients and motivate individuals across all industries and sectors. He coached Team GB in several championships including the World Transplant Games in 2019 and is currently a mentor to a number of our elite coaches. Today Chris is focussed on influence on a wider scale. To that end he holds three Non-Executive Director / Trustee Positions; Trustee and NED at Elvaston Castle & Gardens Trust, Chair of Derbyshire Community Transport, a charity that provides transport solutions to disadvantaged and remote communities and NED in a large Multi Academy Trust comprising 10 large secondary schools . He has recently been appointed as CEO of High Green Development Trust – a Charity in the north of Sheffield (his home patch) responsible for community development.

Greg Burke

Greg is currently Director of Place and Civic Engagement at Sheffield Hallam University and also leads the Civic University Network where he works in partnership with a number of other universities and institutions. Until he took up his current post, Greg worked as a senior civil servant in the Department for Education. Greg is experienced at operating at a national, regional and local level and in working within complex environments. Greg has particular experience in social policy and an interest in supporting strategic development. Greg is an experienced coach and mentor with a coaching qualification from Henley Business School.

Phil Taylor

Phil is a trained accountant with extensive experience in the health sector. Phil has specialised in working to resolve financial issues and in service transformation. Phil’s career has included times as Finance Director and then Chief Executive of Northern General Hospital, Director of Finance and Performance at Trent Regional Office (NHS) and has held various director roles in the Department of Health and the strategic health authorities. Among his many roles, Phil was Chair of the Sheffield Hospitals Charity and Governor and Chair of Audit at the Sheffield CCG. Phil would be pleased to work with representatives from any sector and has a particular interest in health.

Janet Wheatley

Janet has wide experience within the voluntary and community sector as volunteer, Board member, Director and CEO. Janet also has extensive experience of partnership working. Janet was previously Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) where she led the organisation for 17 years, working with 1,200 VCS organisations. She has represented VAR and the VCS in major strategic partnerships locally, regionally and nationally. Janet is currently lay member of the Rotherham NHS CCG and is a member of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Independent Ethics Panel. Janet holds a number of Director and Trustee roles and is Lead Assessor in Rotherham for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Janet is a deputy Lieutenant in South Yorkshire.

Barry Eldred

Barry was previously Managing Director of John Briton (Barnsley) Ltd, a successful toy retail business, and Non Executive Director / Chairman of Barnsley Building Society. Barry is also CEO for two property companies. Barry has particular interests in both homelessness and into work skills and training. He has been High Sheriff of South Yorkshire and was Deputy Lieutenant. Barry acts as Regional Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and is a Trustee at Barnsley based Shawlands Trust

Jerry Cheung

Jerry is originally from Hong Kong and came to Sheffield in 1975 when he was 13 years old. He worked for the British Steel Corporation as a Mechanical Engineer from 1982 to 1988 before setting up businesses in the restaurant, property and retail sectors. Jerry is the Managing Director of New Era Development, which includes a China business incubator, which serves as a hub for promoting international trade. He is an active member of the Sheffield community, a member of the local governing body for Sheffield High School and sits on the advisory board of Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University.