Kevin Hobson – LAB Chair

Kevin has worked as a Civil servant for over 10 years and also worked in sales and customer service roles.

In his time as a Civil Servant he has covered a variety of roles that will be useful to the Parent LAB role including finance, workforce planning and other business support roles.  Kevin has been a Work Coach helping people get the right support whether it be financial or help in getting back to work.

Growing up Kevin lived in a pub which like a school can be a nucleus to a community and this upbringing has given him the belief that a community is made up of all its parts whether it be large or small.

Deborah Shaw – Lead Director

Deborah has a long career in Human Resources both in professional services and financial services. An honours graduate of St Andrews University and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she was the Head of HR and member of the Executive Committee for a number of years in a UK private bank headquartered in London. She developed and delivered the HR strategy through a period of acquisitions and digital transformation, before retiring from full-time employment in 2020. With a strong background in governance and remuneration, Deborah also championed flexible working, corporate social responsibility and diversity in the workplace. Now spending time on consultancy and trustee work and splitting family time between homes in Lancashire and Cumbria, Deborah and her family have a long history of enjoying the Cumbrian fells. She is a regular runner, cyclist and walker, hobbies which she shares with her husband and has passed on to their two sons.

Brought up near Edinburgh she comes from a family with many varied roles in education. She has always involved herself with her sons’ schools and has maintained links with their former senior school supporting older students with career advice and interview skills practice. She is a strong believer in the value to be gained from links between schools, communities and business and is delighted to be able to use her background and professional knowledge in support of the Cumbria Education Trust.

Lorrayne Hughes – Chief Executive

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.

Gemma Brierley – Interim Executive Headteacher, Yewdale and Newtown Primary Schools

After completing a BA (Hons) Primary Education in Newcastle, Gemma began her teaching career at a large primary school in South East London. Over the next twenty years Gemma taught across 3 other schools in Kent, including serving as a Headteacher for the last five years in school that was transformed under her leadership.

Following her family’s relocation to Cumbria in October 2020 Gemma joined CET in November as the Headteacher of Yewdale Primary School.

Mhairi Roberts – Interim Head of School

Mhairi joined the teaching team at Yewdale Primary School in September 2016.  Mhairi was promoted to the Senior Leadership Team and given responsibility for coordinating Special Needs in March 2017, successfully completing the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO) in May 2019.  Since then, Mhairi has undertaken the role of Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and is currently Acting Head of School, a position she feels extremely passionate about.

Mhairi works hard to ensure that children become confident, independent learners and strongly believes that all children should be given the support they need to realise their potential.

Mhairi turned to teaching later in life having travelled the world, raised a family and enjoyed a 17-year career working in industry.

Amanda McAree – LAB member (Safeguarding Lead)

Amanda is a Senior Assistant Headteacher at Newman Catholic School with responsibilities for Student Welfare & Pastoral care, line management of the SENCo, Heads of Year, Senior Learning mentors, Attendance Officer and Student Support Officer.   She is also the designated Safeguarding Officer and Designated teacher for Children Looked After and has an overview of the Sixth Form and Religious Education Department.

Amanda has been a teacher for 25 years having held roles within curriculum and pastoral areas.

Amanda is passionate about ensuring that students have the best education possible and is thrilled to be part of the Cumbria Education Trust Primary Strategic LAB for Yewdale and Longtown Primary Schools.

Having been in education for a long time, covering a variety of roles, Amanda is fully aware of local and National education issues and believes we should always do what is right for our students whilst holding staff accountable.

John White – LAB member

John is an experienced mechanical engineer and director of local business Cumbria Mechanical.

He brings a wealth of experience in fostering and maintaining relationships with both employees and staff; leading a large team and workforce. John has strong local connections with an active role in the business community in Carlisle and Cumbria.

John has prior experience in the education sector dealing with large trusts and academies and a strong interest in investment in the care and development of young people. He is actively involved as a sponsor of Carlisle Youth Zone and enjoys being able contribute to a vital resource for young people in our community. This is something he hopes to continue as a governor of Yewdale.

Anna Harmse – Parent LAB member

Anna is a new Yewdale LAB member from September 2022. She is married with two lovely children. Anna works as a Primary school teacher in a small rural school, which she really enjoys. She loves spending her weekends going on walks and days out with her family. Her children keep her very busy, but being their Mummy is an absolute pleasure.

Paul Marshalsea – LAB member – Vice Chair (subject to DBS clearance)

Paul is an experienced sales leader and senior manager in a local educational charity, The Outward Bound Trust

Paul has worked in outdoor experiential education for over 25 years and is passionate about helping young people develop their self-belief and unlocking their potential through learning and adventure. Paul believes whole heartedly in the development of character education and the need to give all young people the opportunities to thrive.

Paul has experience of working with large global employers developing their apprentice and graduate talent and in working with schools and academies across the UK to develop young people.

Perrie Bigrigg – Staff LAB member

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

  • Kirsty Graham – 25/07/2022

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