Trustee Profiles

Ken Morton

Ken Morton - Finance & Resources; Pay Committee (Chair); Emergency committee

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. Ken is also a Governor at Kippax Ash Tree, 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; Standards & Curriculum Committee

Ann-Marie is Vice Principal at Leeds City College, which is the third largest FE college in the country, and has been a senior leader and manager for over 20 years. She has significant knowledge and experience of the education sector. Ann-Marie has managed large budgets and has experience of managing a college merger, successfully bringing together separate organisations with different cultures and ethos.   

Rachel Bajulaiye

Rachael Bajulaiye  - Audit and 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. 

Neil Clephan

Neil Clephan - Standards and Curriculum (Chair) Pay Committee; Emergency Committee and Finance & Resources 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. Neil is a 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.  

Emma Jackson

Emma Jackson - Standards & Curriculum Committee; Audit and Risk Committee and Emergency Committee (Chair)

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.

Nick Mitchell

Nick Mitchell - Standards & Curriculum 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.

RST crop 2

Bob Stott - Finance and Resources and Pay Committee, Safeguarding and whistleblowing Link Director and Chair of the Board

Bob joined the Board as a Director in November 2017. 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. Previously, he had 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.  Bob retired from local government service in 2017 and now brings his educational knowledge and experience to the board, along with his strategic understanding of the wider agenda of Children's Services.

SRS crop 2

Stewart Ross- Audit and Risk Committee (Chair)

Throughout his extensive career, Stewart has been a leader working at senior management level in small traditional, large modern and Russell Group Universities. Stewart is currently the Director of Commercial and Campus Services at the University of Leeds, and has a strong understanding of the current challenges facing education. To respond to these challenges, Stewart also has experience in leading large scale and complex change, from capital buildings to service reorganisation.

SRS crop 2

Stuart McDougall

Recently retired partner at EY global Tax service and previously a partner at KPMG, Stuart has worked in industry and professional services, principally,  in international tax and finance roles. Stuart's roles have been in the UK and abroad. Stuart has expertise in law, operational transformation, risk management, process improvement and finance.

Recently Resigned Directors

Simon Hilton Resigned July 2020