The Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors delegate to the LAB members its responsibility and powers as the Governing Body of the Academy. 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 Workington Academy Local Advisory Board (LAB) is crucial to helping the Academy in the Trust 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.

If you have any queries for the LAB or would like to contact the Chair, please email Emma Graham (Governance Professional): egraham@whitehavenacademy.org.uk or telephone: 016977 45300.

Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:

Tracy Stainton – Chair of Local Advisory Board

Trained and Qualified as a solicitor in 2005 with Burnetts. Tracy is employed by Burnetts Solicitors as Head of West Cumbria Office.

She has worked as a commercial solicitor with her main interest, Employment Law. She has worked across the commercial sector but with a particular focus on owner managed businesses.

More recently, Tracy has begun to work in the area of Trust Law (including wills and probate).

Prior to this she has worked:

  • As a Partner in Milburns Solicitors
  • For the National Union of Teachers as a regional official in the North East;
  • For the Civil Service (Department of Employment) as an Executive officer in Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester;
  • For Cumbria County Council as a neighbourhood development officer;
  • For Tony Cunningham MEP as his Communications/Trade Union Director.She has also undertaken spells as Regional Chair of the Labour Party Northern Region and Chair of MSF’s Northern Region.
  • Education – BA (Hons) Degree in Politics – University of Durham
  • Tracy served on Cumbria County Council from 1997 – 2003 as the councillor for St Michael’s Ward in Workington and served on the Council’s Cabinet.

Born in Workington and returned to live in Workington after 10 years of living across the North of England.

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.

Margaret Payne – Lead Director

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

Margaret was a Governor of her 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 Margaret stayed on! She has lived through many of the changes in education with the school, and worked with 3 Headteachers in that time. In many ways, joining the Trust Board was a natural progression.

Margaret’s working life brings her into contact with young people who face a range of challenges including difficult family circumstance and mental health issues. That has given her 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, Margaret is 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 she feels she is privileged to be involved with.

Des Bird – Headteacher

Des was born in Gretna, and attended Annan Academy before going on to study Law at University in 1997.

He began his career as a senior leader in schools in 2007, and has worked at this level in three schools in total; each of which was unique and had its own specific challenges. As Assistant Headteacher in a large inner city school in Manchester, Des was in charge of behaviour. In 2009 he moved on to take up the Vice Principal role of the West Lakes Academy in Cumbria, which had been formed a year earlier following the closure of two local schools. Des feels he learned a lot from both of these positions, and both schools underwent rapid improvements in the standard of behaviour, quality of teaching and ultimately achieved good exam results.

In 2014 Des was appointed as Headteacher of Richard Rose Morton in Carlisle, which had recently been placed in special measures. Almost four years later the school has improved immensely, both in terms of Ofsted grading, exam results and popularity in its local community.

Des currently lives in West Cumbria with his wife and an 11 year old daughter.

He is passionate about the impact a good education can have, and is delighted to be Headteacher at Workington Academy.

Vicky McDowell – Headteacher, Northside Primary School

Vicky’s teaching career began in a primary school near London over twenty years ago and, since then, she has worked in the South and North of England in various teaching and leadership roles. She was also appointed as the first Vice Chair of the Chartered College of Teaching, a national organization created to develop professional standards for teachers. Most recently, she has served as Regional Headteacher of schools in the independent sector across the North-West.

As a parent herself, Vicky is passionate about creating a collaborative working environment where children can grow, develop their self-esteem and the skills fundamental to their education.

In her spare time, Joanne enjoys family life with her husband and two teenage children.  She can be found baking cakes, biscuits and bread in her kitchen, looking after her small flock of Ouessant sheep or on the side of a rugby pitch, being a rugby Mum!

Paul Armstrong – LAB member – Vice Chair 

Career history: 

1977 – 1989: Eskett Quarries Limited
Company Accountant

1989 – Present: Thomas Armstrong (Holdings) Limited
Financial Director & Company Secretary

Key Skills:

  • Strategic thinker
  • Business remodelling
  • Acquisition and disposal management
  • Due diligence
  • Reorganisations and restructures
  • Financial strategy
  • Budgeting and cash flow forecasting
  • Strong negotiator

Previously a member of Interim Executive Board (IEB) for Stainburn and Southfield Schools

Paul firmly and passionately believes that every child should be given the best opportunity possible to gain the key academic and personal skills that will prepare them and serve them well in whatever career path they choose. As a member of the IEB he saw first-hand the drive, dedication, hard work and passion from all the teaching staff to improve both schools and he believes that the new Academy will build on that progress and deliver the kind of education and personal development that will in time lead to the Academy being the school of choice in Workington for young people. Paul would like to play a part in developing that ambition and assist all staff, teaching or support, to deliver that vision.

Paul believes that in his working career he has developed the skills which will be required from the Local Advisory Board and he has a focused, driven approach to deliver them and a natural ability to communicate financial information in a manner in which a non-financial person would understand.

Interests: Golf, keeping fit, reading, gardening.

Kerry Rourke – LAB member

Kerry has lived in Workington all of her life, she attended Southfield Technology College and Workington Sixth Form Centre.

Kerry lives locally and works in a Training department. She has previously worked as a Cost Engineer, forecasting and estimating costs for projects with multi-million pound annual budgets.

Her current work is focused on work based learning and she is responsible for the analysis, production, delivery and evaluation of tailor-made training packages.

Kerry’s interest in becoming a member of Workington Academy’s Local Advisory Board comes from her strong belief that every child should leave school empowered to mould their own future. School should build a child’s confidence by providing them with an environment to recognise and strengthen their natural abilities while supporting them in tackling their weaknesses. Kerry also feels that everyone should look back on their school days with fondness and not frustration and believe that this is something a local school can offer.

Kerry considers herself to be creative yet pragmatic. And she not afraid of a challenge. She embraces technology and believe it can provide real, individual, student-focused learning that has never before been so accessible. Kerry firmly believes that positive work done now will reap huge benefits in the future.

Stephanie Hughes – LAB member

Stephanie has lived in Workington all her adult life, she has a husband, 2 daughters and a grandson. She enjoys baking, walks, music and family time.

After spending her primary and junior years at Flimby school, Stephanie spent her secondary years at Stainburn.

She currently works in the accounts office for a local joinery firm.

Previously she was a parent governor and fundraiser at a local primary school, until her youngest daughter moved up to Workington Academy.

Stephanie is a member of St Michael’s Church PCC, where she is regularly involved in the organising of community, parish and youth group events.

Stephanie has a strong belief that all children should have the chance to benefit from a good education, with stability, structure and guidance to enable them to gain the strength and confidence to achieve their goals. Having the opportunity to provide support and help make a difference is what has driven her to become a LAB member, where she hopes to work alongside other members to help maintain the fantastic standards at Workington Academy.

Neil McNicholas – LAB member

Mark Fryer – Parent LAB member

Mark is the Managing Director of Cumbria Recycling, a not for profit company which deals with white goods recycling for the whole of Cumbria and is also a Director of the Rural Regeneration Company which provides services in relation to rural poverty and food banks.

Mark believes passionately in the importance of a good education to ensure that all young people reach their potential. Mark is very supportive of the journey that Workington Academy are on.  He is keen to see a good academic education at Workington Academy alongside a varied curriculum that offers development in the arts and sport. He is also keen that Workington Academy builds on its community links and provides more opportunities for young people to obtain a greater knowledge of the world of work.

Mark is the former Leader & Deputy Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, with a strong interest in economic development and creating stronger links with business and schools here in West Cumbria.

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

  • Miriam Wilson – 22/2/22
  • Eddie Blackmore – 30/03/22
  • Stephen Wilson – 07/06/2022

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