Tom Rice – Chair

Ian Burke – Lead Director

Ian was born in Liverpool. He was secondary school educated at Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Amlwch, Anglesey and Morecambe Grammar. He has a maths degree from Imperial College, an MBA from London Business School and an ACMA professional accounting qualification. He obtained a BA in Humanities at the OU in 2020.

Ian is a governor at Birmingham City University and previously was a Visiting Professor of leadership there. He sits on its Finance Committee.

Ian chairs Pets at Home plc, a FTSE 250 company and Studio Retail Group plc. He owns the Leathes Head Hotel in Borrowdale. Previously he has spent twenty three years leading leisure businesses – hotels, gyms, restaurants, bowling and cinemas – in the UK and 50 other countries.

Ian lives near Penrith and has been married for over 40 years to Jane, a now retired teacher.

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

Cate Floyd – Interim Executive Headteacher at Yanwath & Tebay Primary Schools

Cate moved from Accrington in the summer to take her first headship, with the Trust, at Longtown Primary school. She has 12 years teaching experience and fundamentally believes that children should be at the heart of all decisions made within education.

Previously, Cate has worked alongside the Maths Hub in develop maths mastery within primary schools to enhance school improvement.

Dr Davina Soloman (PhD, MbChB), LAB member

Davina is a GP who is a partner at Upper Eden Medical Practice in Kirkby Stephen. She lives near Penrith with her husband and two daughters who attend Yanwath School. Davina obtained a PhD in 1998 at St Andrews University and remained there to complete the first half of her medical degree. She completed her medical studies in Manchester before continuing training in Lancaster and Kendal and finally settling in Penrith.

Outside of work Davina is continuing to study and enjoys beekeeping and any outdoor activities with her family.

Chloe Park – Staff LAB Member

Chloe joined the teaching team at Yanwath in February 2018. Beginning in Year 3 until the end of the academic year, Chloe then moved to upper key stage 2 and completed her NQT year in February 2019. She is currently leading learning in Year 5.

In July 2017, Chloe graduated from Northumbria University in Newcastle with a BA degree in Early Primary Education with QTS. Within Yanwath, she holds the Design Technology Subject leadership role and also led Yanwath School to be re-accredited with National Centre of Excellence status in Financial Education and Enterprise.

Outside of work, Chloe enjoys walking and travelling. As a staff LAB member, Chloe is looking forward to helping the Cumbria Education Trust continue to strengthen by working closely with the LAB in a collaborative manner and continuing to support the school and trust’s values.

Eleanor Galloway – Parent LAB member

Eleanor grew up in Ulverston, south Cumbria and studied Archaeology and Prehistory at university before working for Warwickshire County Council. She moved back to Cumbria 16 years ago to work for the Lake District National Park Authority as their Archaeologist, advising on all aspects of the historic environment.

Eleanor lives in Penrith with her husband, a vet, and their two children who both attend Yanwath Primary School. She likes being out in the countryside and walking the fells with family and friends. Eleanor is enjoying working on the Local Advisory Board and becoming more involved in school life.

Jane Davis – Parent LAB member (Safeguarding member)

Jane was born in Lancashire, moving to Cumbria in the early 1980’s. She studied Social and Community Care at Bradford College, later training to be a social worker at Lancaster University. Jane has worked for Cumbria County Council since 2003 as a social worker, firstly within children’s services and more latterly within Adult Services (specialising in Learning Disability and Autism).

Jane lives in Penrith with her husband and 2 children who attend Yanwath Primary School. She enjoys running, playing the drums and spending time with her family.

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