Director Profiles


Ken Morton

Ken Morton - Chair of the Board

Ken worked for 33 years with Leeds City Council. His senior level roles included Education Finance, School Improvement and his final 3 years were as Head of Service: Young People and Skills covering IAG, Connexions, Youth Service, Arts and Music Service plus overview of the city Learning Improvement budget.

Ken has chaired 2 Interim Executive Boards (1 High School and 1 Special) as they converted to academy status during the last 18 months. Also Chair of Kippax Ash Tree. Also a trustee at YAMSEN a small charity supporting musical opportunities for people with disabilities and a trustee at GIPSIL, a housing support charity in East Leeds.

Ann Marie Spry

Ann-Marie Spry - Vice Chair of the Board

Ann-Marie has been a senior leader and manager for over 20 years at the third largest FE college in the country. She has significant knowledge and experience of the learning proves and Ofsted, including the focus on continuous improvement. Ann-Marie has managed budgets of £20 million+ and has experience of managing a college merger, successfully bringing together separate organisations with different cultures and ethos.  

 

 

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 Cath Lennon - Chief Education Officer

Cath has been a senior leader at Brigshaw High School for over twenty years and has been Principal there since 2010. Cath has trained as an Ofsted inspector and has supported other schools as a School Improvement Partner and a Local Leader of Education. She has considerable experience of working with other providers to support children, including being Chair of the East Leeds Area Inclusion Partnership since 2010.

 

Rachel Bajulaiye

Rachael Bajulaiye - Audit & Risk Committee

Rachael is a Director at Harriet Medical Services and a Solicitor (non-practising). She is also a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Rachel has particular interest in compliance, governance and child protection. She has worked as a Legal Advisor and a Company Secretarial Assistant and has previously been a trustee for a charity. She is a governor at Lady Elizabeth Hastings C of E Primary School, Ledston.

  

Andy Birch

Andy Birch - Chair of Finance & Resources Committee

Andy is an IT Manager in the Education Sector and has worked at Primary, Secondary and Multi-Academy trust levels.  He has nine years’ experience in being a governor and three years as Chair at Allerton Bywater Primary School. Andy has children in both primary and secondary schools within the Brigshaw Learning Partnership and, as such, he is keen to promote the educational outcomes for children and young people in the area. Andy has a wide range of knowledge in areas such as project management, strategic ICT development and procurement.

 

Neil Clephan

Neil Clephan - Audit & Risk Committee

Neil has twenty years’ experience as Headteacher at Roundhay School, a large 4 to 18 school serving diverse communities. He has significant experience as a National Leader of Education (NLE) working in partnership with many schools, governing boards and senior teams, providing school to school support. Roundhay is a National Support School a NCTL Pupil Premium Review Centre and founding strategic partner of the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance. Neil brings his wealth of educational knowledge and experience to the board of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership.

 

Simon Hilton

Simon Hilton - Chair of Progress & Standards Committee

Simon has 6 years’ experience as Headteacher of a two-form entry primary school in East Leeds, graded Outstanding by Ofsted in April 2015. He has worked as consultant Headteacher and provided support to schools requiring improvement. Simon has worked as an advisory teacher for the Local Authority with a specialism in English.  He is committed to and has an active involvement in collaborative school partnerships to improve the outcomes and achievements for all pupils.

  

Emma Jackson

Emma Jackson - Progress & Standards Committee

Emma is a History graduate with ten years’ experience of successful middle and senior management in a major multi-store retailer. Emma has experience of all aspects of running a large and complex commercial operation and high level inter-personal and organisational skills. Now a stay at home mum of one, Emma is keen to offer her time and energy to benefit the Brigshaw Learning Partnership. As well as a Director of the Trust, Emma is Chair of Governors at Kippax Greenfield Primary School and has an active role on the PTA.

 

Sarah Lawson

Sarah Lawson - Finance & Resources Committee

Sarah has worked for Asda since moving to the UK in 1997. She has held a variety of roles in the People function with different responsibilities, these include administrating visa and work permits, promoting and administrating the company’s shares schemes, and tax yearend reporting. For the last 2 years she has worked as the Pay & People Systems Manager, which involves coordinating the national payroll and compliance of the systems. Sarah has two children attending Kippax North Primary School.

 

Nick Mitchell

Nick Mitchell - Progress & Standards Committee

Nick Mitchell is the Partnership Development Manager at Leeds Beckett University School of Education and Childhood.  After ten years as a secondary school Science teacher, he became a senior research fellow studying teacher development at Nottingham University before joining Leeds Beckett in 2009. Since then he has worked in teacher training and on developing domestic and international education partnerships. Nick has many years’ experience as a school governor and Chair.

 Bob Stott - Finance and Resources Committee

Bob joined the Board as a Director in November 2017. He has ten years' experience as a secondary headteacher in Leeds. He also worked closely with the City Council in realigning the inclusion provision across the City. For the past eight years Bob has worked for Lancashire County Council, initially as the Director with responsibility for education provision, and then as the Director of Children's Services. Bob retired from local government service in May 2017. Bob brings his educational knowledge and experience to the board along with his strategic understanding of the wider agenda of Children's Services.

Fiona Titterington

Fiona Titterington

Fiona is an experienced chartered librarian with over 30 years’ experience in North Yorkshire and Leeds. She has been Children’s Services Manager for Leeds Libraries for four years which has included managing and leading the School Library Service. Fiona chairs the Success Portfolio for the Libraries Services, developing rigorous performance data to show how members of the public are using libraries, mobiles and e-services. She is Training and Literacy Governor at Swillington Primary School and has made a significant contribution to the school in that role.