Barbara Hindley, Chair of LAB

Lorrayne Hughes – Chief Executive

Lorrayne is the Chief Executive of Cumbria Education Trust, the county’s largest multi-academy school trust.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Brampton in 2007 and in 2014 was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.

She has led CET since inception to its current position where it is responsible for the education of more than 4,000 children across three secondary schools, eight primaries and West Coast Sixth Form.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all young people deserve a high-quality education. Children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision-making.
All schools work closely together following Lorrayne’s lead that collaboration can make a difference to all involved, from pupils and students to staff and their communities.

Lorrayne is a board member of the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector body for school trusts.

Jemma Nicholson – Interim Executive Headteacher, Longtown and Castle Carrock Primary Schools

Jemma has always had a passion for education and has over 16 years’ experience working in Cumbrian schools. Her ambition is to ensure that children love school as much as she does, and she enjoys nothing more than thinking of creative and memorable ways to achieve this.
Following her first successful headship, where she received one of the first ‘excellent’ graded SIAMS inspections on the new framework, she has joined the CET leadership team to take on the role of headteacher at Longtown Primary school.
Working with the local community and pupils’ hand in hand is especially important to Jemma, who believes that school is an extension of family and should be a safe, happy and aspirational place to be. She very much looks forward to maintaining Longtown’s high standards following their first ‘Good’ Ofsted, ensuring it flourishes further.
When not in school Jemma can usually be found having fun with family and friends, growing things in her garden or relaxing with a good book!

Anna Carroll – Head of School

Richard Berry – Lead Director

Richard was born, brought up and went to school in rural Oxfordshire before joining the British Army at 16 as a soldier, specialising in Payroll before qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant, specialising in project accounting and Business Case financial modelling.

Following a successful 30-year career in the Forces, serving all over Europe and beyond, he and his wife Janet moved to Cumbria from the North East, where they still live.

Since retiring from the Army, Richard worked for an international IT company as the European Middle East & Africa Lean Transformation Finance lead for over 3 years before taking the plunge and setting up his own company some 7 years ago.

This has enabled him to gain experience contracting for various industries from perfume distributors to cruise ships to energy providers to Central Government departments. His current contract is working in the nuclear industry involved with transformation and benefits realisation.

Richard is a volunteer for the Alston Moor Business Association, where he is currently deputy chair. The aim of AMBA is to promote Alston Moor and its surrounding areas on business & tourism related matters to attract visitors as well as strengthening & improving the local economy.

Richard & Janet have two grown up sons, who both live in the Northeast with their partners, and a Grandson.

Sally Fryer – LAB member

Sally Fryer has lived in Castle Carrock for the last 6 years and both her children attend the school. She is an artist and printmaker and also works locally as a gardener. Sally is a member of the village carnival committee and the school PTA.

Alison Mitchinson – LAB member (safeguarding lead)

Ruth Drew, LAB member (subject to DBS clearance)

Ruth relocated to the lovely village of Castle Carrock in 2018. Her career has been Accountancy/Finance in both the Public and Private Sector.

Ruth’s experience as a Governor covers over twenty years, fourteen of which as a Chair of Governors.

Her passion is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to attain and achieve in a safe and happy environment, this is the reason Ruth became a governor. The Castle Carrock Primary School LAB is crucial to helping the school raise standards, as a LAB Member Ruth looks forward to being part of the ongoing journey.

Lewis Flanagan – Staff LAB member

Lewis Flanagan graduated from the University of Cumbria in 2018 after completing a three-year Primary Education degree. He began supply work from that summer and teaching full-time in 2019. He spent the next 3 ½ years at his last school during which he completed my NPQ year, gained experience leading subjects in a small school and across multiple schools.   Lewis then joined Cumbria Education Trust and, by extension, Castle Carrock as he loves working in smaller schools and is keen to develop his career within the Trust.

Kath Pigdon – Lead William Howard School

Having moved from South Wales for her first job as a PE teacher at St Aidan’s in Carlisle, Kath continues to enjoy the challenges and rewards of living and working in Cumbria.

Kath counts herself lucky to have started her career in a designated sports college where opportunities to develop as a young PE teacher were a plenty. Moving through the ranks as 2nd in charge of PE to a Director of Specialism gave Kath the opportunity to experience the power of sport and PE across the whole school. This whole school leadership role enabled Kath to progress further as an Assistant Headteacher at William Howard School. Enjoying the experience of senior leadership Kath soon progressed to Deputy Headteacher and latterly due to unforeseen circumstances Head of School.

Kath fully believes in the Cumbria Education Trusts vision and values of Be the Best you can Be and works hard to instil this in staff, students and her own 2 boys. Although Kath has over a decade of experience of Senior Leadership and has completed her NPQH she believes her most valuable lessons in leadership and life have come from competing at the highest level in her sport of canoe slalom.

Heather Edgar – Parent LAB member (Subject to DBS clearance)

Heather lives in Castle Carrock and has two children who have attended Castle Carrock School.

Heather is a social worker currently working for the local authority.

She loves the beautiful area in which we live and enjoys walking and camping in the Lake District.

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