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.  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 2017-2018 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

Our Governance Meeting Schedule can be found here: Meeting Schedule 17-18 (please note this schedule is subject to change)

Information about our Directors attendance and resignations is updated termly and can be found here:

Active Trust Directors

Mr Ivan Whitfield – appointed 26 October 2012

Chair of Governors, Tudhoe Colliery Primary School. Chair of Directors, Tudhoe Learning Trust

Mr Whitfield has been 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 Derek Turner – appointed 26 October 2012

Chair of Governors, Acre Rigg Academy (1997)

I am passionate about education and enabling all young people so that they can achieve their full potential.  I bring my experience of a lifelong career in Engineering.  My position as Chief Engineer involved me Project Management, Budget( preparation and control), Health and Safety, H. R. and managing a team of 60 highly motivated people.  I enjoy the opportunity to act as a critical friend to

the Academy and improve the work we do as Governors.”


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.


Resigned Directors

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

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