Margaret Gunson – Interim Chair (Safeguarding member)

Having been born and raised in Kent, North Cumbria has been home for Margaret for the last 25 years, living in Longtown for 15 years. She is married, with three grown up children, and is now retired from Primary School teaching but maintains her interest in education through involvement with Longtown Primary School as a helper and a Governor/LAB member. Margaret is also a Parish Councillor and an avid gardener.

Lorrayne Hughes – CEO

Lorrayne is the Chief Executive Officer 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 former Chair of Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders and a board member of the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector body for school trusts.

Jane Routledge – Lead Director

Jane was born, brought up and went to school in Cumbria before leaving for university and ultimately a career in London in the Financial Services sector. As Marketing & Communications Director in a number of investment management businesses, including two large multi-nationals and a small privately-owned firm, she has led big change initiatives as well as being responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies for a range of internal and external audiences. She has many years of experience in strategic and operational brand development, marketing, client and employee engagement as well as extensive experience of creating and leading client-facing functions in fast growing organisations.

Jane has served in voluntary roles for two adoption and permanency panels. She has also acted as a guest speaker for a national adoption charity to help raise funds, advocating in particular for cared-for children with specific learning difficulties. She is currently a mentor for a University of London programme for first generation undergraduates.

Being brought up on a farm on the Solway coast, Jane had it instilled in her from an early age that education would give her choice and mobility. She firmly believes in the power of education to change lives, and is especially keen to be involved in helping raise the ambitions and opportunities for children with specific learning difficulties – children for whom every day in school can be a real struggle.

Jane is married and has a son, three step children and two rescue dogs from Dogs Trust.

Lauren Hitchen – Acting Headteacher

After completing an Early Childhood Studies degree in Liverpool, Lauren went on to complete a PGCE specialising in Early Years Education and Key Stage One. After teaching in an inner-city school in Liverpool. Lauren took the leap to Dubai to be part of the opening of a new international school. In Dubai Lauren was an Early Years Lead in an exceptionally large school.

Lauren moved back to the UK in 2016 and joined Cumbria Education trust as a Key Stage leader at Longtown Primary School. Lauren has worked from Early Years to Key Stage two her passion is Early Years and Phonics and she is now the Deputy Headteacher at Longtown Primary School. Lauren has had lots of opportunity to develop and grow as a leader in CET, working collaboratively with the trust schools to ensure the children become the ‘best they can be’.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends and travelling.

Kerry Atlinski – LAB member

Kerry is a mum to three children whom all currently attend Longtown Primary School, as did she as a child.  Kerry has lived in Longtown since 1992 aside from a four year stint which was spent travelling with a horse and circus production company.  After settling down back in the town with her husband she then began her career in retail management before starting their family.

Kerry is a registered Licensed Chaperone with Cumbria County Council, which she has used to chaperone her daughters’ dancing shows involving up to 150 children.

Kerry is a fully qualified Girlguiding Unit Leader. She currently runs the local Longtown Rainbow and Brownie Units.  Experience gained from doing this will benefit her role in the LAB.

Rebecca Bird – LAB member

Rebecca is Managing Director of a local Education based employment agency and training provider. She has daily contact with Schools, Teachers and Support Staff which gives her a sense of perspective and a good degree of knowledge of educational issues. She is a qualified HR Professional and has worked in HR across a number of sectors for the last 20 years. Rebecca hopes that her experience and involvement will be an asset to the LAB.

Kimberley Smith – Staff LAB member

Kimberley is currently Acting Assistant Headteacher at Longtown Primary School, as well as SENCo, Inclusion Lead, English subject leader and Class Teacher of Year 6.

She has been with CET for four years now and also leads on the English Primary Curriculum across the trust.

Beginning her career as a teaching assistant, she then graduated at the University of Cumbria with BA Hons in Primary Education. She then took the leap and completed her NQT and subsequent years in the London Borough of Newham also as SENCo and Behaviour Specialist support teacher; before relocating back to Newham.
Kimberley has had heavy involvement with inclusion, safeguarding, leadership and management in a primary school setting.

She has a keen interest in the welfare and education of children, particularly in the field of Social, Emotional Mental Health and has been part of school improvement projects aimed at raising attainment and access opportunities for all pupils; ensuring all pupils progress and achieve is one of Kimberley’s fundamental beliefs. Kimberley hopes to bring a fresh insight to the LAB as well as an opinion from the ‘front line’.

Colin Corlett – LAB member

Following a long career holding senior finance positions in a variety of companies, Colin now practices as an accountant and tax advisor, holding qualifications in both these areas. He knows the crucial importance of high quality education and is keen to offer his life and professional experience to support the children and families of Longtown Primary School.

Colin has lived in Cumbria for most of his adult life. Currently living in Gilsland, he enjoys walking and photography.

Carly Graham – Parent LAB member

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

Wendy Robson – Resigned 13/11/2020

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