Graeme has spent the last 40 years working in education. He has been a teacher, deputy headteacher, headteacher, school improvement advisor for the local authority and education consultant. Graeme has an excellent understanding of challenge and accountability within the education sector and is particularly skilled at analysing performance data and implementing national assessment frameworks and accountability measures. He has been a chair of governors at several primary and secondary schools.
Stuart is the Chair of the board for a large charitable community organisation. He has career experience as a teacher, coach driver, radio presenter and middle manager within a large rail company. Stuart is an ordained church minister and continues to work as a celebrant of funeral services. In his trustee role for the Goodwin Development Trust he oversees the strategic direction of the organisation and ensures that the day to day practical management of the organisation is best directed towards the achievement of strategic aims.
Leah is a fully qualified solicitor specialising in employment law and HR. Leah has experience of working for international law firms and advising PLCs, FTSE 250 companies and equivalent institutions. She now runs her own training business operating a national portfolio of clients for a variety of law firms. Leah advises on employment law & HR best practice and has significant sector experience in higher education, retail & banking.
Deborah worked in Whitehall for 5 years before returning to the family farm and involvement in the family’s business interests. She has chaired a Charitable Trust for over 10 years ensuring it has strong strategic direction and good governance for the long term. In these roles she holds regular meetings with solicitors, agents and accountants both locally and in the City of London.
In addition, she has been Clerk to the Governors for some 20 primary, secondary and alternative provision schools as well as a governor at 2 schools (one was a provider of alternative provision) and is on the Trust Board of North Carr Collaborative Academy Trust.
Jan has significant experience as a teacher, senior leader and headteacher of 2 secondary schools in Doncaster. In 2008 she took up a position with the Local Authority in Hull as a Secondary School Improvement Officer. Since retirement she has taken up governance roles as a local governor at a secondary school in Hull and is also a member of North Carr Collaborative Academy Trust. Jan has an excellent understanding of challenge and accountability in the education sector and is committed to supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
Jane is a Senior Health Service Manager with 40 years experience in health services. Previously a Health Visitor, Jane has worked in several areas of the Hull with children, young people and families and in particular with homeless families, asylum seekers and refugees. Jane currently leads the learning and organisational development function for City Health Care Partnership CIC, a social enterprise employing approximately 1500 staff and providing a wide range of health and care services to people in Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and the North West of England.
Sarah Des Forges
Sarah has worked in the education sector in Hull for the past 18 years, initially as an attendance officer in primary and secondary schools before joining the Education Welfare and Admissions Team at the local authority. For the past 9 years she has been a Data and Analysis Officer and has considerable experience in analysing and presenting school data, specifically attainment across all Key Stages. She works with Headteachers and Principals to maintain an up to date understanding of ever changing frameworks and supports schools during OfSTED Inspections.