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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 | Chief Executive Officer
Tony Myers | Chair of Trustees
Katherine Humpleby
Andrew Simpkin
Mike Ferguson
David Judson
Jackie Doyle-Brett
Ian Thomson
Katherine Sinclair
Karen Osborne

Brian Crosby is Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Hope Learning Trust. 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 CE Academy 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.

Tony Myers is Chair of the Trust Board. He became a director of Hope Learning Trust York in October 2016.

Tony was also on the Board of governors at Copmanthorpe Primary School for 11 years, including 7 years as Chair of Governors and 1 year as Vice Chair. Tony 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 three 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.

Katherine Humpleby represents the Diocese of York Educational Trust (DYET) on the Board of Trustees. She is currently an Education Adviser for the Diocese. She provides guidance and training to headteachers, governors and staff, to raise standards, distinctiveness and effectiveness, across eight local authorities encompassing Cleveland, North Yorkshire, York, Leeds, Hull, and the East Riding. Working in partnership with internal and external stakeholders, she supports over fifty schools with self-evaluation/improvement planning, Ofsted and Section 48 inspections, visioning, partnership and collaboration including MAT development, school to school support, headteacher recruitment and appraisal. 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 (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 two children at Manor CE Academy and one at Sutton on the Forest Primary. Mike and his family enjoy cycling and walking in the countryside.

David Judson is a York-born English graduate whose work in the rail industry included strategic business planning, operations, logistics, finance, marketing and public relations.

His two sons were at Manor CE Academy where he has been a governor for a number of years and currently chairs the local Standards committee. He is also a member of the Trust Board’s Resources committee. In his spare time, he sings with both a community and a chamber choir in York and is chair of the Hackney-based ‘London Sea Shanty Collective’.

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.

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.

Katherine Sinclair is an Associate Solicitor at Langleys in York where she is an employment law specialist with a practice that includes education and business immigration advice. She advises a cross range of clients including schools and academies to national businesses with sophisticated HR departments and owner managed businesses with no HR function. She has particular expertise in the charities, councils, education, food, healthcare, IT, manufacturing, security and tourism sectors. Prior to that she obtained a degree in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds in 2000 following which she worked in sales and marketing for a full service marketing agency in Leeds before embarking on a career in law in 2004. She obtained the Post Graduate Diploma in Law in 2005 and the Legal Practice Certificate in 2006 at the College of Law in York before qualifying as a solicitor in 2009 having trained with Eversheds, an international law firm. Katherine has three children who keep her on her toes. She loves cycling for the sense of speed and freedom it brings and singing whenever the opportunity presents itself. She and her family are regular attenders at St. Paul’s Church in Holgate, York.

Karen Osborne has spent her 35 year career in the Insurance industry, starting as a Commercial Underwriter, progressing to hold various senior management and director roles in the Commercial Insurance Company sector. She is currently the Commercial Branch Director of AXA Insurance in Leeds with 50 staff. Leeds branch won AXA Commercial Branch of the year for 2016.
Karen is passionate about ensuring that employees achieve their full potential and her proudest achievements are the people she has mentored, managed and supported over the years. This passion was extended during her time working with the David Young Academy, initially with their six formers providing work placements for internships. Karen was so impressed by the enthusiasm and potential of these young people that she went on to take a more active role with the school and joined the Local Governing body. Within a short space of time she was elected Chair of the LGB and became a Trustee on the Board of the Leaf Multi Academy Trust.

The trustees can be contacted via the Executive Assistant of Hope Learning Trust York at secretary@hopelearningtrust.org


Members of Hope Learning Trust York 2017-2018
NameDate of appointmentTerm of office/resignation dateArea of Expertise/Responsibility within the Trust
Mr Tony Myers05/10/201631/03/2019Chair of HLTY
Mr Martin Barnes01/04/201531/03/2019Diocese of York Education Trust representative member
Rev’d Canon Peter Moger01/04/201531/03/2019Chapter of York representative member
The Venerable Sarah Bullock 01/04/201531/03/2019Archbishop of York representative member
Trustees of Hope Learning Trust York 2017-2018
NameDate of appointmentTerm of officeRelevant business and pecuniary interests (start date); governance roles in other educational institutionsCommittees
Mr Tony Myers (Chair)05/10/2016

Mr Brian Crosby (CEO)01/09/201631/03/2019National Leader in Education 09/08/2010
Director of Ebor Teaching School Alliance 01/09/2012
Vice Chair William Temple Academy Trust 01/09/2014
Church Schools Scrutiny
Ms Katherine Humpleby01/04/201531/03/2019School Development Advisor Diocese of York 01/09/2013
Trustee of Elevate
Church Schools Scrutiny
Mr David Judson01/09/201631/03/2019Governor at Manor CE AcademyResources
Rev’d Jacqueline Doyle-Brett31/01/201730/01/2021NoneChurch Schools Scrutiny (Chair)
Mr Mark Bennett01/09/2016resigned 05/03/2018Governor at Poppleton Ousebank Primary AcademyResources
Mr Mike Ferguson01/04/201531/03/2019Deputy Headteacher, St Olaves School, York 01/09/2013Standards
Mr Andrew Simpkin01/04/201531/03/2019Portakabin Group 15/08/1989Resources
Mr Ian Thomson25/05/201723/05/2021NoneResources (Chair)
Ms Karen Osborne17/07/201716/07/2021NoneStandards (Chair)
Ms Katherine Sinclair17/07/201716/07/2021NoneResources
Mr Dennis Richards05/10/2016Resigned Oct 2017N/AN/A

Resources Committee

Mr Ian Thomson (Chair)
Mr Tony Myers
Mr David Judson
Mr Andrew Simpkin
Mr Brian Crosby (CEO)

Standards Committee

Ms Karen Osborne (Chair)
Ms Katherine Humpleby
Mr Mike Ferguson
Mr Brian Crosby (CEO)

Church Schools Scrutiny Committee

Rev’d Jacqueline Doyle-Brett (Chair)
Ms Katherine Humpleby
Mr Brian Crosby (CEO)

Safeguarding Representative: Mr Mike Ferguson

Health and Safety Representative: Mr Andrew Simpkin


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