Lorrayne Hughes, BEd (Hons)

Lorrayne is a successful and outward facing Executive Headteacher, who currently has the responsibility for three schools in Cumbria. She passionately believes in inclusion and that all children deserve high quality education – children are at the heart of all her strategic decision making.

Following 25 years in teaching, Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School, Cumbria in 2007. William Howard School is seen as one of the top performing, oversubscribed academies in Cumbria. In January 2014 she was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington, Cumbria. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.

Ofsted recognised Lorrayne’s success in their 2012 visit to William Howard School stating in their report “The headteacher has been very successful in driving improvements” and “achievement has improved from good at the last inspection in 2009 to outstanding in 2011.”

Lorrayne believes in a school led system for school improvement based around autonomy and accountability. She is chair of CASL (Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders) and is passionate about system leadership and what that can bring to the school improvement agenda.


Martin Simpson – Chair of William Howard Trust Board

I have worked in the Media Industry for the majority of my working life. I worked in an advertising agency as an account executive working with retail and garage chains for four years before moving to the newspaper industry. Here I worked as a Sales Director at the Hexham Courant for 6 years before moving to Cumbria to set up two different companies for the Cumbrian Newspaper Group (CN Group). I started a business Directories Company in Penrith which covered the whole of Cumbria and worked on this business to get it to break even within 3 years. I was then asked to set up a market research business for the Group where I developed the business from a standing start to a turnover of £750,000 in 8 years.

I left the industry in 2011 where I trained to become a teacher and now work at Carlisle College as a lecturer in Business and History.

I have a degree in Government and Public Policy and an MBA (Masters in Business Administration).

I have a wife Jill and two children Ben and Beth.

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Chris Irving

I was born and educated in Carlisle before going on to college to gain a BA(hons) in Accountancy, a foundation which enabled me to become a Managing Director and Chairman of a local company for many years before more recently becoming semi-retired.

Having previously served as a Parent Governor of Hayton Primary School I became a Parent Governor of William Howard School in 2013. In January 2014 I took on the role of Chair of the Finance committee and later that year in October became Chair of the Governing Body. During my time as Chair I have seen the school grow and become part of the new William Howard multi-academy trust.

I was pleased to have been invited to become Chair of the new Local Advisory Board and look forward to helping this fantastic school achieve its aims and vision. I believe every child should receive the best education possible enabling them to reach their full learning potential in a positive supportive environment along with great opportunities as a foundation for their future careers and adult life. This is something I believe I received many years ago.

Personally, I am married, live locally and have a son who is a pupil at the school and who I can see is also benefiting from a great education. In my spare time, being a passionate cyclist, I am also Chair of Border City Wheelers and compete regularly in Time Trials.

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Sheila Goodliffe

Involved in healthcare management for over 40 years, with nearly 30 in the NHS including experience as a general manager for general acute and psychiatric services in hospitals across the country. Also served on Employment Tribunals in Leeds and then Manchester for 13 years. Served in the voluntary sector, as Chief Executive of East Cheshire Hospice, Macclesfield for 7 years and from March 2010 as Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice, Carlisle, retiring in 2010.

Appointed as a Governor of William Howard School in 2009, before the creation of William Howard Trust when became a Trustee and then Academy Director when Multi Academy Trust established.

A committed member of the Church of England, serve on Diocesan Synod, Carlisle Cathedral Council and is lay Chairman and Treasurer of Brampton Deanery Synod. As a local lay minister, involved with pastoral and outreach work, serve as a chaplaincy volunteer at the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle and at Brampton Community Hospital. Also Vice President of Churches Together in Cumbria, where particularly involved with promotion of ecumenical working. Also, Secretary of Churches Together in Brampton since 2011.

Elected by the membership in 2009 to be a Public Governor for the Carlisle locality for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to monitor the provision of mental health and community services across the county, and served for two 3-year terms of office including two years as Head Governor and standing down in September 2015. Appointed in December 2015 as a voluntary Associate MHA Hospital Manager, to review those detained under Mental Health Act sections and to hear appeals.

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Jane Mottram

I have taught in the county for nearly 40 years in a variety of schools, teaching children from 3 years to 11 years. I was instrumental in setting up nursery provision when I taught in Aspatria.

I was seconded for a year to work with the work force reform when PPA was introduced.

I have been in management for 15 years as a SENCo, a deputy, then as Head of Great Corby school.

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Margaret Payne

Born and brought up in Northern Ireland, I then read Law at Nottingham University before completing my training as a solicitor in Nottinghamshire and London. I worked in a high street legal aid firm in London before moving to Carlisle in the 1980s. I continue to work as a solicitor in private practice, establishing my own practice specialising in crime and mental health law in 1998.

I was a Governor of my daughter’s primary school and then became a Parent Governor when she moved to William Howard School about 16 years ago. When she left for university I stayed on! I have lived through many of the changes in education with the school, and worked with 3 Headteachers in that time. In many ways, joining the William Howard Trust Board is a natural progression.

My working life brings me into contact with young people who face a range of challenges including difficult family circumstance and mental health issues. That has given me an insight into the many pressures that young people and families face, and the context in which education takes place.

As someone who benefitted from a good state education, I am committed to equality of opportunity for all, so the involvement of the Trust in raising standards and aspirations both at primary and secondary level in Cumbria is a very exciting development in which I am privileged to be involved.

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William Howard Academy Trust

Registered Address: William Howard School, Longtown Road, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 1AR
Tel: 016977 45300 | Email: office@williamhowardtrust.org
Registered Company Number: 07698631