The Whitehaven Academy LAB

The Whitehaven Academy LAB

George Beveridge – Chair of Local Advisory Board (subject to DBS clearance) 

George has worked in the nuclear energy industry for the past 30+ years in a variety of roles, including an 8 year assignment as Deputy Managing Director of Sellafield Ltd from 2008-16. George’s experience includes plant and project management, R&D, business management as well as general management of several businesses, including major international joint ventures.

George has played a key part in the socio-economic development of the areas in which he has worked. He was a founding Director of the Cumbria Inward Investment Agency as well as founding Chair of the Cumbria LEP; member of the Transport for the North Board; Chairman of Inspira Ltd and former Regional Chair of CBI NW. George has also acted as sponsor of an outstanding Academy secondary school in Cumbria and is an NED on the DfE Northern Regional Board.  George was appointed Chair of Business North in April 2018 and has served on its Steering Group since inception in 2015. He has lived in Cumbria for 32 years and enjoys walking and mountain biking in his spare time.

Lorrayne Hughes

Lorrayne Hughes - CEO

Lorrayne is the successful and outward facing CEO of Cumbria Education Trust.  Cumbria Education Trust is one of the first school based MATs in North Cumbria.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all children deserve a high quality education – children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision making.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Cumbria in 2007. In January 2014 she was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington, Cumbria. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.  Ofsted commented on Lorrayne’s success in December 2014 “Your vision is clear: to build sustainable improvement across the schools for the long-term benefit of students and the Workington community”.  Following this secondment Lorrayne took up the role as CEO of the Trust.

Lorrayne believes in a school led system for school improvement based around autonomy and accountability. She was Chair of CASL (Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders) for many years and is passionate about system leadership and what that can bring to the school improvement agenda.  She strongly believes that schools are better working together and that collaboration can make a difference to all involved.

Andrea Bateson

Andrea Bateson - Interim Head of School


Chris Sutcliffe

Chris Sutcliffe - Lead director for TWA

Chris was born and raised in Lancashire, just north of Manchester. He was educated at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School before attending Keele University, where he gained a joint honours degree in Maths and Physics. He has been married to Jo for 23 years, and lives near Cockermouth in the barn they bought and converted together.

Chris has a long history of learning and development, mostly in the education sector, but more recently in private industry. Starting his working life as a teacher, he went on to lead several innovative projects for the local authority, before becoming a School Improvement Officer with responsibility for IT. He then progressed to a national role helping the Government roll out the National Strategies. After a time as an independent consultant, he now works in industry where he has recently undertaken an MA in Strategic Development.

He is passionate to see children and young people achieve their potential and gain the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Chris is keen to share this knowledge and experience to help shape the CET academies to provide exciting and relevant curriculums, delivered by dedicated and motivated teachers, giving pupils every chance of achieving success and exceeding their ambitions.

After spending time on the Workington Academy Local Advisory Board, Chris became a CET Board Director in June 2017.

Ian Hick

Ian Hick - LAB member (subject to DBS clearance) 

Ian has an Engineering degree and is a qualified Chartered Accountant, working in London for accounting firm Ernst & Young for 11 years on clients such as British Airways. Ian joined Sellafield in 1995 when it was part of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL). He worked on the Finance side of the business for 22 years, from dealing with monthly management accounting through to being Chief Accountant, responsible for the statutory financial reporting of the business. Along the way he project managed a major Finance and Procurement system implementation, and was on the project board of the subsequent implementation of HR functionality.
Since 2017 Ian has had the role of Business Relationship Manager within the Sellafield Information Communications Technology (ICT) function.
Sellafield has a strong interest in supporting the education of the potential future workforce in West Cumbria.

Whilst Ian’s background is not in Education, he believes he can bring directly relevant skills and experience to the Local Advisory Board. He has experience of working with Government departments over many years. Sellafield operates in a highly regulated environment with a strong focus on health and safety, and his understanding of these governance disciplines will help frame his approach to the activity of the Local Advisory Board.

Ann Kendrick

Ann Kendrick - LAB member

Ann is the Senior Lecturer for Educational Leadership & Development at the University of Cumbria (Institute of Education and LED Research Centre).

Ann is an experienced teacher and teacher educator with research interests in leadership development and research-engaged schools.

Ann develops and quality assures leadership modules for the MA Education Professional Practice (Leadership Pathway) and the National Professional Qualifications in Leadership, maximising learning through the interplay of public knowledge and practical wisdom.

As a mentor for the University’s Research Centre, Ann facilitates school-based collaborative inquiry projects with teachers.


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