Tudhoe Learning Trust Board of Directors
Tudhoe Learning Trust is governed by a Board of Directors that exists to oversee all activity within the Trust, provide strategic leadership, planning and direction through goals and objectives that align with our organisational aims and ethos.
The Trust appoints a Local Governing Body to each school that aims to be a locally invested, interested and skilled group of people who will provide support and challenge to the school in line with Trust objectives, school improvement planning and evaluation. Local governing bodies will also support senior leaders in certain decision making processes to ensure fairness, consistency and transparency.
Our Directors and Governors are unpaid volunteers who share our values and aims and are passionate about improving standards, outcomes and experiences for children as well as creating a desirable working environment for our staff.
Information about our Directors and Governors declarations of interest in relation to business and pecuniary interest can be found here Business and pecuniary interest statement 2018-2019 Declarations are sought annually and retained centrally. Governors and Directors are aware of their obligation to inform the Trust of any relevant or significant change in their circumstances.
Governors and directors perform a vital role and must set a high standard of conduct and expectation. More information about our Trust Code of Conduct for Governance 2018-2019 can be found here. If you are interested in supporting our Trust or one of our schools at a local level and you have relevant skills or expertise then we are interested to hear from you. To be considered please complete a Trust Governance Application Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about our Directors attendance and resignations is updated regularly and can be found here:
- Director Attendance 2018-2019
- Trust Governance 2017-2018 AT1-2
- Trust Governance 2016-2017
- Trust Resigned Directors
Active Trust Directors
Mr Ivan Whitfield – appointed 26 October 2012
Chair of Directors
Mr Whitfield was the Chair of Governors at Tudhoe Colliery Primary School for many years. He is a Director of Sport at Sunderland University and lives locally in Tudhoe with his family.
Mr Mike Simpson – appointed 26 October 2012
Chair of Governors, Stephenson Way Academy & Nursery School
I became a Governor at Stephenson Way Academy and Nursery School in 2008 and have been Chair since 2013. I have however taken an interest in the school for many years as my Dad worked there when it first opened in 1961. I retired from my position of Human Resource Development Specialist at 3M UK plc in 2010 after almost 40 years service. I hold a BA in Education and Training from the University of Huddersfield together with other qualifications in learning, coaching and assessment. I am married, have three children and two grandchildren. I go to the gym at least four times a week and have, since 1962, been a massive Beatles fan.
Mr Jim Smith – appointed 26 October 2012
Head Teacher, Tudhoe Colliery Primary School.
Executive Head Teacher / CEO, Tudhoe Learning Trust
Miss Allison Boustead – appointed 26 October 2012
Deputy Head Teacher, Tudhoe Colliery Primary School
Allison has been a teacher at Tudhoe Colliery Primary School since 2005 and is currently Deputy Head at the school responsible for leading teaching and learning. She has extensive experience teaching across the primary sector and has been a Leading Literacy Teacher and an Advanced Skills teacher, supporting various schools in County Durham in writing and maths.
Mr David Bowes – appointed 26 October 2012
Chair of Governors, Victoria Lane Academy. Vice Chair of Directors, Tudhoe Learning Trust
I have been a governor for about 34 years. My first role was as a parent governor at St Francis CE (Aided) Junior School in Newton Aycliffe. I am Chair of Governors there and also at St Michael’s CE Primary School, Bishop Middleham and Victoria Lane Academy, Coundon. As Chair at Victoria Lane Academy I am also a Director of Tudhoe Learning Trust. Since the beginning of 2013 I have been a National Leader of Governance. I have been retired since 2007 (although it doesn’t feel like it) having spent 38 years in the Civil Service including two years working in a Local Authority. My aim is to ensure all children receive the best education the school can give them.
Mr David Collins – Appointed 8 December 2017
Mr Collins has recently joined our Board bringing with him skill and expertise in finance from within the private sector.
Mrs Vivienne Ingleton – Appointed 13 July 2018
The Trust has been delighted to welcome Mrs Ingleton to its Board. Although now retired, Mrs Ingleton has a wealth of experience within education and remains active in school governance in primary, secondary and alternative provision settings.
Mrs Shiela Isobel Palmerley: appointed 16 May 2014 – resigned 9 June 2016
Mrs Juliet Price: appointed 26 October 2012 – resigned 10 June 2016
Mrs Carole Smith: appointed 26 October 2012 – resigned 12 May 2014
Mrs Lindsey Moses: appointed 26 October 2012 – resigned 7 April 2017
Mr Robert Robson: appointed 1 September 2015 – resigned 9 October 2017
Mrs Rachel Kate Hodge: appointed 01 September 2015 – resigned 26 September 2017
Mrs Joan Temple: appointed 01 September 2015 – resigned 30 September 2017