Lee Garner, Chair
Lee was born and raised in Leeds, West Yorkshire but with strong ancestral links to West Cumbria and a love of the county’s coastal region, he now considers it home. Lee has significant experience as a Police Officer and joined the British Transport Police in 2009, where for almost 9 years he worked in various departments and roles: communications division, uniform patrol, neighbourhood policing and criminal investigations. In 2018, Lee made a career change and became a pastoral leader and staff Governor at Leeds East Academy in Yorkshire.
During his time at Leeds East Academy, Lee supported some of the most vulnerable young people and their families and was instrumental in the academy securing a Good judgement from Ofsted. In 2019, following a promotion to Associate Assistant Principal, Lee became a Senior Leader within the White Rose Academies Trust School Improvement Team where he was strategically responsible for inclusive provision, quality improvement, and safeguarding across three secondary schools, a primary school and a pupil referral unit. Lee is passionate about improving the life chances of disadvantaged children and young people and in 2020, he founded the Leeds Alternative Provision Association (LAPA) which received praise from The British Psychological Society following work to support schools to reintegrate vulnerable young people after the COVID-19 pandemic. LAPA, led by Lee as Chair of their Board, went on to collaborate with IntegratED and the Centre for Social Justice – two organisations committed to reducing preventable school exclusions – to publish the AP Quality Benchmark Toolkit. Lee and the LAPA organisation were credited in the final publication.
In 2022, Lee established his own education consultancy company, specialising in school improvement in alternative provision/pupil referral unit sector. He also returned to work within the police service and is currently working across several central departments at Police Headquarters, Penrith, including the Crime and Intelligence Command.