CET Leadership Team

Lorrayne Hughes, CEO/Executive Headteacher

Lorrayne Hughes, BEd (Hons), CEO

Lorrayne is a successful and outward facing CEO of Cumbria Education Trust.  Cumbria Education Trust is one of the first school based MATs in North Cumbria.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all children deserve a high quality education – children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision making.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Cumbria in 2007. In January 2014 she was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington, Cumbria. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.  Ofsted commented on Lorrayne’s success in December 2014 “Your vision is clear: to build sustainable improvement across the schools for the long-term benefit of students and the Workington community”.

Following this secondment Lorrayne took up the role as CEO of the Trust.

Lorrayne believes in a school led system for school improvement based around autonomy and accountability. She was Chair of CASL (Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders) for many years and is passionate about system leadership and what that can bring to the school improvement agenda.  She strongly believes that schools are better working together and that collaboration can make a difference to all involved.

Christopher Kearton

Christopher Kearton, Data Manager

Christopher completed a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics at Warwick University and qualified as a maths teacher in 1997. He began work at Stainburn School in Workington as a Newly Qualified Teacher, progressing to Head of Department in 2007 and Assistant Headteacher in charge of data in 2011, a post he now holds in Workington Academy.

In January 2017 Christopher began a secondment, working for the Trust to support the use of data to drive improvements across all areas of school life and ensuring a consistent approach to data management across all trust academies.


Sue Newstead, Director of Learning Provision (SENCO)

Returning to work after her two children went to school, Sue started her career in SEND as a ‘Special Attachment Welfare assistant’ working in classrooms with children with complex needs.

Sue is now a qualified SENCO (PGCE National SEN Award) and have worked with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities for almost 17 years. She has a proven track record of outstanding provision noted in three OFSTED inspections. Sue is passionate about inclusion and the opportunities that mainstream school can, and does, offer for those young people with SEND. Realising the importance of good role models and the specialist provision and resources needed which enable schools and educational providers to meet complex needs.

Jane Perella, Student and Family Engagement Manager

Jane has had a wide range of experience within William Howard School and Children’s Services, successfully working with families and professionals to ensure that barriers to learning are addressed and overcome.   Jane holds a Post Graduate Qualification in Child and Adolescence Mental Health, Development and Principles and is a Trainer for Restorative Practices.  Jane is passionate about ensuring that the voice of the child and parent is heard and their feelings and aspirations are understood.

Prior to moving to Cumbria in 2001 Jane’s background was in project management in the Strategic Planning Department at Doncaster Health Care Trust. Previous to this Jane was a licensee running two successful public houses with accommodation and restaurants.  Jane has also spent four years living in Hong Kong with her family.