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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
Andrew Simpkin
Mike Ferguson
David Judson
Jackie Doyle-Brett
Ian Thomson
Karen Osborne
Julie McGonigle
Olivia Seymour
David Kirkham

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.

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.

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.

Julie McGonigle has been a teacher and school leader for the last 20 years and currently works in the areas of strategic improvement, leadership coaching and teacher training both in England and internationally.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Julie completed her doctorate in education at Jesus College, Oxford. Following this, she won a global teacher award to work with schools in disadvantaged areas of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. As Vice Principal (Academic), Julie was part of a team that founded one of the first city academies in England, a school that won a number of national prizes for academic improvement. Latterly, she was Deputy Head (Academic) at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney, where she continues to be engaged in strategic development. Julie’s passion is to see schools flourish: staff fulfilled, parents engaged and students growing.

Olivia Seymour is Assistant Director of Education in the Diocese of York and Project Lead for Learn Teach Lead RE Yorkshire and Humber.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Olivia studied Theology at the Bangor University before completing her PGCE at York St John University. Olivia has worked in education for 20 years, starting her career as an RE teacher at Barlby High School and laterally as Head of Humanities and Director of ITT at Archbishop Holgate’s School before joining the Diocese of York Education team in 2009.

In her role at the Diocese, Olivia has particular responsibility for church school distinctiveness, Church school leadership, Church School inspection (SIAMS), RE and Collective Worship. Olivia also co-ordinates the delivery of support for schools.

After studying German, Dutch and Danish at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne David began his teaching career with a year as an assistant teacher at a high school in the former West Germany followed by three years as a junior lecturer at the Martin Luther University in Halle in the former East Germany, and a spell in Maastricht in the Netherlands before returning to the UK and postgraduate studies in education and linguistics at the University of Leeds. David was Head of Languages for many years at Tadcaster Grammar School where he was also involved in an MFL primary outreach programme which took him to several feeder schools in the Tadcaster and York areas. For ten years David led the North Yorkshire CC training programme for Foreign Language Assistants which, among other things, involved the preparation and delivery of residential courses. Until September 2017 he was employed by the University of Leeds where he led the Secondary PGCE MFL programme. Although he is officially retired David continues to complete tasks on behalf of the university with a SCITT based in Harrogate. David has been a governor of Copmanthorpe Primary School for some 2 years and he chairs the Headteacher’s Performance Management Sub-Committee. David is married to Birgit, who is German, and they have two children and three grandchildren. His philosophy of education: we should empower children to enjoy and to make the most of their educational opportunities.

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 Humpleby01/04/2015resigned 16/4/2018School 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)
Mr Mike Ferguson
Mr Brian Crosby (CEO)

Church Schools Scrutiny Committee

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

Safeguarding Representative: Mr Mike Ferguson

Health and Safety Representative: Mr Andrew Simpkin


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