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:


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.


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 a successful and outward facing CEO of Cumbria Education Trust.  Cumbria Education Trust is one of the first school based MATs in North Cumbria.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all children deserve a high quality education – children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision making.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Cumbria in 2007. 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 commented on Lorrayne’s success in December 2014 “Your vision is clear: to build sustainable improvement across the schools for the long-term benefit of students and the Workington community”.

Following this secondment Lorrayne took up the role as CEO of the Trust.

Lorrayne believes in a school led system for school improvement based around autonomy and accountability. She was Chair of CASL (Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders) for many years and is passionate about system leadership and what that can bring to the school improvement agenda.  She strongly believes that schools are better working together and that collaboration can make a difference to all involved.

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 9 year old daughter.

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

Paul Armstrong – LAB member

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.

Edward Blackmore – LAB member

Eddie has lived in Workington all his life and for the last sixteen years he has lived in Stainburn with his wife and two children.

Eddie is a company director at Livingstone Surface Treatments Limited and an active member of the British Energy Coast Business Cluster (B.E.C.B.C) & Cumbria Business Growth Hub.

He was keen to become a Local Advisory Board member because he wanted to be in at the beginning of Workington Academy’s journey to become the outstanding school that Workington deserves.

Eddie believes that in West Cumbria at the moment, there is, what is arguably some of the most exciting developments since the hay days of the coal and steel industries.

It has been reported that 2015/16 will see a huge step forward in the Moorside Nuclear project, which is forecast to create between 14,000 and 21,000 jobs. And industry is very conscious of the impending skills shortages we may have, It is important that we home grow our young people to fill these shortages rather than import them from outside the county.

Eddie is currently in talks with a wide range of local business people, mainly through the British Energy Coast Business Cluster and the support he is receiving is phenomenal. Eddie is keen to help our young people to gain the confidence to be the best they can be and become our engineers, entrepreneurs and Nuclear workers of the future.

If local children start from an early age to get excited and confident in their own future and realise that there are very real possibilities for ALL children of varying abilities to have a bright future of sustainable long term employment ahead, They will become more motivated and confident.

It’s an exciting time to be growing up in West Cumbria.

As a local person with a young family coupled with running a business that feeds the nuclear industry, Eddie feels that he could help the Academy in numerous ways, not least forging direct links with local business, understanding the needs of the local community and generally supporting the Academy through the transitional stages and beyond.

Ian Scott – LAB member

Ian was born and raised in Workington and attended the then Salterbeck and Workington Grammar Schools. He then attended Preston Polytechnic and achieved a first class degree in Accounting and Finance winning an award from ICI at the time for a paper on Management Accounting. He joined Saint & Co Chartered Accountants in 1999 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. Ian became a partner at the firm in 2004. Prior to working at Saint & Co, he worked in manufacturing and distribution for a subsidiary of a US listed company.

Ian advises a wide range of owner managed businesses including the agricultural, building and construction, engineering and contractor, tourism and leisure sectors as well as advising in the charitable sector. As well as accounting and taxation advice he enjoys assisting clients in their business planning from business start ups through to multi million pound expansion projects including advice on fundraising and management accounting/forecasting.

Ian is a Registered Auditor and was the first in the firm to acquire the specialist qualification the Diploma in Charity Accounting, in October 2008. This is the leading qualification in charity finance awarded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Outside of office life, Ian is a keen angler and also enjoys music and cycling. Together with his wife, Ian is actively involved in the local Lions Club have recently finished a third term as President of West Cumberland Lions club. Additionally he served a term as zone chairman for Lions Clubs throughout North Cumbria.

Ian is based in the Whitehaven office of Saint & Co and covers West Cumbria through South West of the County.

Ian is keen to ensure a high standard of education is available to children in the Workington area as was to himself many years ago and as an employer in West Cumbria he is keen to see them take up the opportunities available to them. Ian believes his skill set would assist in the governance of the school and its on-going development.

Kerry Lee – 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.

Ali Taylor – Staff LAB member

Ali is currently a teacher of ICT at Workington Academy. Ali has previously served as a Staff LAB member of WA LAB.

Ali has a wealth of experience in education, having been a teacher for over 23 years. She has worked for the BBC as an Educational Consultant based in Media City, Salford. Ali is keen to support Workington Academy LAB on its journey going forward

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 West Cumbria. Mark is also a Director of the Rural Regeneration Company which provides services in relation to rural poverty and food banks.

He is currently a councillor on Allerdale Borough Council and holds executive positions for Economic Development within the Council.

In his spare time, he is a director of Workington Town Rugby League club. He is also a governor for Ashfield Junior School.

Mark has one child at Workington Academy and a younger child at Ashfield Infant School.

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.

Stephen Wilson – Parent LAB member (Safeguarding member)

Stephen was born in Workington and apart from 12 months living in Newcastle when he was at College, has lived here all his life.  He attended Salterbeck Secondary Modern School then went on to Workington Grammar School.  Stephen has two grown up children who were both educated at Stainburn School and Workington Sixth Form in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Stephen’s youngest daughter is currently in Year 9 at Workington Academy.

Stephen is committed to West Cumbria as a place to live, learn and work and in particular being part of the Local Advisory Board that will make Workington Academy an outstanding school for young people in West Cumbria.

His professional career has been in childcare and for the last 32 years has worked for Impact Housing Association, a Cumbria-based social landlord.  The work at Impact has given him a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience, including the management of large and complex budgets and contracts, staff management, compliance and performance management.

He has also been involved as a board member for several county and national voluntary organisations, holding a number of positions including chair and treasurer; giving him knowledge and understanding of how trustee boards operate and the crucial role an effective trustee board plays in the success of an organisation like Workington Academy.

Stephen is married with 3 children and one granddaughter.  He supports Workington Reds and Liverpool Football Clubs; enjoys music, both listening to and also playing guitar; and likes to read and spend time with friends and family.

He is extremely enthusiastic about the success of Workington Academy, and feels he will be effective in bringing a parent’s viewpoint to the Local Advisory Board.