Local Advisory Board
Since 1 September 2015, the Governing Body is known as the Local Advisory Board (LAB).
The Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors delegate to the LAB members its responsibility and powers as the Governing Body of the School. These responsibilities are discharged by the LAB members in accordance with its constitution, any Cumbria Education Trust Policies and advice from the Department for Education (DFE) and Ofsted.
View the Trust Board Membership here: http://www.cumbriaeducationtrust.org/about-us/leadership/
The William Howard School Local Advisory Board (LAB) is crucial to helping the School to raise standards.
Some of the roles of the LAB are to:
- provide the information required by the Trust and not to withhold any information which the Trust reasonably requires;
- refer certain decisions to the Trust for approval as set out in the Scheme of Delegation;
- report to the Trust Board Directors on the outcomes and progress within a one-week period of each meeting;
- act in accordance with the LAB Protocols.
WHS LAB Meeting Minutes - January 2020
WHS LAB Meeting Minutes - April 2020
WHS LAB Meeting Minutes - May 2020
If you have any queries for the LAB or would like to contact the Chair, please email Lucy Hewson (Clerk to the Trust Board and LABs): mailto:email@example.com or telephone: 016977 45300 (via the Cumbria Education Trust Office).
Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:
Please find below the members of the LAB of William Howard School:
Lorrayne Hughes – CEO
Lorrayne is the Chief Executive Officer of Cumbria Education Trust, the county’s largest multi-academy school trust.
Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Brampton in 2007 and in 2014 was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.
She has led CET since inception to its current position where it is responsible for the education of more than 4,000 children across three secondary schools, eight primaries and West Coast Sixth Form.
Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all young people deserve a high-quality education. Children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision-making.
All schools work closely together following Lorrayne’s lead that collaboration can make a difference to all involved, from pupils and students to staff and their communities.
Lorrayne is a board member of the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector body for school trusts.
Prof Rob Trimble – Lead Director
Chris McAree - Headteacher
As a proud born and bred Coventrian Chris moved to Cumbria in 2003 and has always lived within the catchment area of William Howard since then. He certainly likes to consider himself now a naturalised Cumbrian (just one with an odd accent).
Chris took on the role of Headteacher at William Howard in September 2016. He has worked in ten schools across the full spectrum of settings; Inner City, International, Special Measures to Outstanding schools. He was previously a Headteacher at another secondary school in Cumbria and has held roles as a senior and middle leader in both curriculum and pastoral roles. Trained as Maths teacher he has a passion for high quality Teaching and Learning and he prides himself in the fact that he still teaches regularly.
Chris is committed to ensuring that William Howard becomes a true flagship academy; one that the Trust, parents and most importantly students take pride in.
Jemma Nicholson – Headteacher, Longtown Primary School
Dr John Storr – LAB Chair
John was born and educated in South Africa and moved to the United Kingdom in 1980.
He has worked as a Consultant Paediatrician at the Cumberland Infirmary for 23 years, retiring in 2015. In that role he gained experience as a Clinical Director and in Child Safeguarding (including a period as named doctor).
John’s outside interests include walking and kayaking (Level 2 coach). He is married to a local GP and their two sons were pupils at William Howard School.
James Porter – LAB member - Vice Chair
James and his wife moved to Low Row 5 years ago. James has been involved with education for many years. His desire is to see every young person achieve their full potential so it is his privilege and honour to serve on the LAB at William Howard School.
For three years James was a Governor, at a special needs school chairing the Assets and Resources Committee, and being the Governor responsible for Health and Safety. During that time James carried through a £1m+ capital programme to improve school facilities and build a Sixth Form. James was also a Governor at a secondary school where he served on the Finance, Curriculum and HR committees.
James was a Local Councillor for 8 years, serving 4 years as the Chairman of the Planning Committee and 3 years as Policy Committee Chairman forming, informing and leading policy development and implementation. James was Town Mayor in 2009.
James retired in 2010 to focus on voluntary and educational activities which he feels passionate about. He is glad to be playing his part in the continuing success of William Howard School.
Jackie Kirsopp - LAB member
Jackie has lived in the local area the majority of her life and has a keen interest in WHS. After doing her GCSE's at Lochinvar School, she studied for A levels at WHS, before moving onto University. Jackie made great lifelong friends at WHS, and believes the school helped her obtain the best results she could.
Diane Harrison – LAB member (Joint safeguarding lead)
Born in Cumbria, Diane spent a number of years in education and working in the North East. Her career spans working in the private sector as Director of an economic consultancy firm; working in a strategic role in a national housing association; and working as the Strategic Housing Manager for a housing partnership group in Cumbria.
Since 2013 she has worked for Cumbria County Council’s Children and Families Services leading their Positive Housing Pathway and managing 2 county-wide teams –Youth Homeless and Housing and the Youth Substance Misuse, the latter providing drug and alcohol interventions to young people across Cumbria. She chairs the Early Help Panel for Carlisle & Eden, is a trained Mental Health First Aider for young people and is also trained to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid training.
She has children in Years 8 and 11 at WHS.
Matthew Aitchison-Rayson - LAB member
Matthew is an alumni of William Howard School, studying here from 2004 – 2011. After leaving William Howard School he went on to gain a BA (Hons) in Drama Performance and Technical Theatre at the University of Cumbria, where he currently works in his role as a School and College Liaison Officer.
Within his role at the University, Matthew works with schools across Cumbria and the North East promoting the opportunities for Higher Education in the local area. Matthew runs presentations, workshops, residentials and schools visits and has been in this role for three years.
Matthew is a member of the North and West Cumbria CEIAG group advising schools on Higher Education opportunities and has also run conferences for the Higher Education Liaison Officer Association (HELOA) aimed at supporting new practitioners within Universities across the country.
In addition to his role at the University, Matthew is joint owner of a local business with his partner in the restaurant industry and one of these restaurants was highly recommended in the 2017 Carlisle Living Awards. He is also a franchisee and Principal of Razzamataz Theatre Schools West Cumbria which he took over back in September 2018.
Matthew’s experience of Higher Education and the local area is something he feels will contribute towards William Howard and its students as he is aware of the opportunities in Cumbria. He is delighted to be joining the Local Advisory Board for William Howard School and is looking forward to working with the school to help them achieve great things.
Sheila Johnston - LAB member
Beverley Kent - LAB member
She has spent the last 13 years working in the Procurement and Supply function, and during this time, has achieved a Level 6 Professional Diploma, then qualified as a Charted Procurement and Supply Chain Professional.
Bev has 2 young children who are both in Primary School. In her free time, she continues to mentor and volunteer at the local youth zone and also enjoys to play netball.
Joanna Gray – Parent LAB member (joint safeguarding lead)
Joanna has two children who both attend WHS, a son in Year 11 and a daughter in Year 8.
In spring 2018 Joanna moved to Brampton with her family from Darlington where they had lived for five years. Prior to this Joanna was born, raised and educated in the Newcastle area.
Having attended the local comprehensive school Joanna is passionate about every child having access to a good education and the opportunities this can bring.
Joanna heads up the Audit & Assurance team at Armstrong Watson and has a specialism in education and not-for-profit. With 22 years’ experience in the audit profession, in addition to sitting on boards at others schools, charities and companies Joanna is keen to share this experience at WHS.
Tracey Hill – Staff LAB member
Tracey Hill is a Business and Computing Graduate of Lancaster University . Tracey started her career in Industry and has worked in education since 1995, including the University of Northumbria, Carlisle College and local Primary and Secondary schools.
Tracey has worked at William Howard School since 2004 and her current role is Associate Assistant Headteacher, as well as her teaching commitment, she has led across the school on careers, enterprise and financial education and student participation. During 2014 William Howard School became a Personal Finance Education Group ‘Centre of Financial Excellence School' through Tracey’s leadership and in 2015 Tracey became Financial Education Teacher of the Year. Within her role Tracey works closely with businesses, education and training providers and is Chair of the North Cumbria Careers Network Group. In addition she is the school representative for North Cumbria for the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Tracey feels her experience of being on committees and being a Chair, along with her links to industry and her various work related roles including knowledge of working within the Trust schools, gives her an understanding of how important it is to promote William Howard School’s vision and values. Tracey feels passionately that being a LAB member offers a privileged opportunity to work alongside other members who support the interests of the school and its community to make a difference to the outcomes for young people and has previously sat on a LAB at a CET Primary School.
Previous LAB members in the last 12 months:
Lauren Graham - Resigned 11/11/2020
Janine Maidwell – Resigned 14/11/2020
Gill McLean - Resigned 26/01/2021