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Manor CE Academy
Vale of York Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary

Trust Board

Hope Learning Trust, York is a Church of England multi-academy trust. The Trust Board, detailed below, comprises Trustees contributing particular skills and experience. Sitting underneath the Trust Board are Local Governing Committees (LGCs), formerly Governing Bodies, of each academy that retain most of their decision-making powers. Their details are on individual academy websites.



Brian Crosby
Katherine Humpleby
Andrew Simpkin
Mike Ferguson
David Judson
Mark Bennett
Dennis Richards
Allyson Buckton
Jackie Doyle-Brett
Tony Myers
Ian Thomson

Brian Crosby is Chief Executive and Executive Principal – Secondary on the trust board. Brian started his career as a science teacher at Selby High School and became Head of Science at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York before promotion to Assistant Headteacher in charge of Curriculum. He was appointed Headteacher of Manor CE School in 2002 before moving to become Chief Executive of Hope Learning Trust in 2016. Brian is a National Leader of Education and Manor is a National Support School and achieved Teaching School status in 2012. Brian has worked closely with the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the National Society of the Church of England.

Katherine Humpleby represents the Diocese of York Educational Trust (DYET) on the Board of Directors. She is currently a School Development Adviser for the Diocese. She supports headteachers, staff and governors in over 50 schools across 8 local authorities, with a focus upon school distinctiveness and effectiveness, partnership and collaboration. Prior to 2013 she was Assistant Head across a 2-19 Multi-Academy Trust. She achieved her PGCE in Geography and Modern Foreign Languages at Durham University in 2000 and her Masters Degree in Education at Durham University in 2002. She was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers qualification (NPQH) in 2014.

Andrew Simpkin is Head of Project Delivery for the Portakabin Group Sales business. Andrew gained his B.Sc honours degree in Building (Production Management) from Nottingham Trent University. He is a Chartered Construction Manager and Fellow of the CIOB and has been employed by Portakabin Group since 1988, operating at strategic level as a member of the group’s leadership team and the divisional business unit’s senior management team. Andrew has been a foundation governor at Manor CE Academy since 2013.

Mike Ferguson is Deputy Headteacher at independent school St Olave’s in York. His teaching career started in Cape Town, South Africa in 1997 before moving to South Carolina, USA, in 2000. In 2002 Mike came to the UK and took up the first of three roles in 11 years at The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, reaching the position of Deputy Head, Director of Studies and Head of Maths before moving to his present appointment in York in 2013. Mike has one child at Manor CE Academy and two children at Poppleton Ousebank Primary School. A former competitive cyclist, Mike and his family enjoy cycling and walking in the countryside. They are regular members of the congregation at St Mark’s Church in Rawcliffe.

David Judson is a York-born English graduate whose work in the rail industry included strategic business planning, operations, logistics, marketing, finance, HR and public relations. David’s two sons were at Manor CE Academy. David has been a local authority governor since September 2014. He sits on the finance committee and is chair of the attainment and learning committee. David is the direct link to Manor’s local governing committee, of which he is vice-chair.

Mark Bennett is chair of governors at Poppleton Ousebank Primary School, where he has two children. Mark holds a post graduate qualification in HR management and has spent over ten years of his local authority career working in a senior role with schools in York and North Yorkshire. During this time he has gained experience of managing budgets, setting and applying strategy in an education context, service delivery and staff recruitment.

Dennis Richards OBE was Head Teacher of St Aidan’s CE High School in Harrogate for 23 years. The school was graded “outstanding” in all three of its OFSTED inspections during his tenure. He was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2007 and won the National Teaching Award for Lifetime Achievement in the same year. Having stepped down from St Aidan’s, Dennis now works as a French Language Assistant at St John Fisher Catholic School in Harrogate. He is also a Governor of two schools in the Harrogate area. Dennis writes a monthly column on education for the Harrogate Advertiser as well as writing for the Church Times and other educational publications. He is currently a member of the English RFU National Commission on the future of U19 Rugby.

Dennis is Interim Chair of the Trust Board from 1 July 2017.

Allyson Buckton is the Headteacher at Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary School. After qualifying with a PGCE in Early Childhood Education through Leeds Beckett University she began teaching in York, before moving to schools in Malton and Selby. Allyson was awarded her NPQH in 2005 and took up her first headship in 2006 in a very small rural school near Ripon. As well as working within Hope Learning Trust, Allyson is involved with the North Star Teaching School Alliance and sits on the national Methodist Schools Ethos Committee.

Allyson sits in on Trust Board meetings as a non-voting participant.

Jackie was appointed as the Vicar of St Luke’s York and the Assistant Diocesan Advisor for Young Vocations in June 2016. Her previous career was in secondary education, working in schools in Hull. She gained a BA (hons) in History 1999 followed by a PGCE in History (11-18) and whilst teaching, held a range of Governor roles including, parent and LA and more recently as a Foundation Governor at a Church of England primary. Jackie was ordained in 2013 and completed her MA in Theology and Ministry in the same year. She is a member of Diocesan Synod and was elected to General Synod in 2015. Jackie has two grown-up daughters and enjoys walking, especially hill walking.

Tony Myers became a director of Hope Learning Trust York in October 2016. He is vice-chair of governors at Copmanthorpe Primary School, and worships at St Oswald’s Church, Fulford, York where he directs the music, chairs the Project 150+ Group redeveloping the church and hall buildings with a focus on mission, and for 3 years was co-chair of the PCC. He previously spent 3 years as trustee and treasurer of Adoption UK, and as trustee and chair of York Family Mediation. A qualified accountant, Tony retired in December 2014 following 25 years at the level of deputy chief executive/vice-principal, variously in a social care charity, two further education colleges, and a professional body.

Ian Thomson is a former Chief Planning Officer for unitary and metropolitan local authorities in the north of England. He has a track record of facilitating the implementation of major regeneration schemes creating jobs and homes. After gaining a Diploma in Town Planning and a Law Degree, Ian became City of York Council`s Assistant Director responsible for Planning and Environment in 1993. His most recent post was with Wakefield Council as Service Director for Planning, Transportation and Highways. Wakefield Council was one of the first in the region to have an adopted Local Plan with agreed sites for 10 years of future development. He has managed significant capital and revenue budgets, has been part of strategic decision-making groups within the public sector and is motivated by achieving delivery of projects.

The trustees can be contacted via the PA to the Chief Executive and Executive Principal at secretary@hopelearningtrust.org



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