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Members of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust 

Andrew Smith - Diocese of York Educational Trust
Right Revd Paul Ferguson - representative of The Archbishop of York
LINDY ILLINGSWORTH - The Diocese of York Educational Trust

Date of Appointment

Andrew Smith is the Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of York. He is a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience in primary education and, prior to this role, was the Headteacher of a voluntary aided church school for over ten years, securing good and outstanding judgements in both Ofsted and SIAMS inspections. Andrew has worked successfully in a number of collaborative partnerships, including within Teaching Schools and with schools overseas, particularly focusing on developing effective school leadership and shared curriculum development.

 Andrew currently represents the Diocese of York Educational Trust (DYET) as a corporate Member on Multi Academy Trusts and is a director of DBE Services, a consortia of several Church of England dioceses in the north of England. He is also a Trustee and Council member of the National Society, the body which oversees the work of Church Schools in England and Wales.

Date of Appointment

The Right Reverend Paul Ferguson has been Bishop of Whitby since 2014, providing general oversight for the Church of England in South Teesside and much of North Yorkshire.  He is the Archbishop’s Ambassador for Schools throughout the diocese.  He is Chair of York Diocesan Board of Education and the Diocese of York Educational Trust.  His previous ministry has been in Chester, at Westminster Abbey and York Minster, and as Archdeacon of Cleveland (2001-14), where his responsibilities included the resourcing of the church’s work in the diocese’s northern area. 

Bishop Paul holds first-class degrees in music (Oxford) and theology (Cambridge), and a PGCE from Westminster College Oxford.  In previous years he has been a Governor of Millbank Community Primary School, Westminster; Westminster Abbey Choir School; York Minster School; and St Peter’s School, York.  He was Chair of All Saints (Secondary) Ingleby Barwick Church of England Academy Trust and continues to chair its successor MAT, Dales Academies Trust.

Paul’s other interests include Scandinavian language, faith and culture.  He is a Norwegian speaker and a member of the Porvoo Panel which oversees the relationship between the Church of England and the Nordic-Baltic Lutheran churches.

Date of Appointment

Lindy is currently a Director of the Diocese of York Educational Trust and has been a member of York Diocesan Board of Education curriculum committee. Lindy was a Foundation Governor for two rural church schools in the Diocese of York, which included overseeing the development of the Christian distinctiveness of the schools.

Lindy was a teacher with over 30 years’ experience in nursery, primary, FE and HE education, specialising in early years education. She was Head of Child Studies in an education college, leading the expansion of the childcare workforce in schools, nurseries, playgroups and out of school clubs. She delivered training for early years practitioners for two Local Authorities.


Date of Appointment

Michael has been a residentiary canon at York Minster since 2013. He has particular responsibility for pastoral care. Since January 2022 he has also been Acting Dean. He has been a school governor many times in his ministry as a parish priest and has been on the governing committee of Archbishop Holgate’s School here in York since 2014.

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Name of TrusteeNature of any business interests including details of the company or organisationStart date of interestDetails of governor membership at another school or academyDetails of any relationship between trustee and member of Trust staff (eg spouse)
Mr Andrew Smith (DBE Representative)Director of DBE Services – a Consortia of Northern Dioceses providing building/school improvement support2016Member – Ebor MAT, Dales
MAT, Galileo MAT, The
Education Alliance, Elevate
Collaborative Learning
Trust, Pathfinder MAT,
South York MAT
Trustee of the National Society – Governance of the Church of England Education Office2019
Director of Diocese of York Educational Trust (DYET)2016
The Right
Reverend Paul
Ferguson, Bishop
of Whitby
(Archbishop of
DBE Services (Educational Trading Company) (Director & Chair)2008N/A
York Diocesan Board of Finance (ex-offico Director)2001
Diocese of York Educational Trust (Director & Chair)2013
Dales Academic Trust (Member, Director & Chair)2013
Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Member)2014
Ebor Academy Trust (Member)2016
Pathfinder Academy Trust (Member)2014
Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland (Director & Chair)2017
York St John University (Director)2017
Westcott House, Cambridge (Trustee & Chair)2018
Methodist Chapel Aid (Director)2021
Lindy Illingsworth (DYET Representative)Tadcaster Bridge Project, Trustee2022Diocese of York Education Trust
Bereavement Volunteer, Cruse Support2020
Member of Parish of Marston Moor1990
Member of Parish of Rural Ainsty2020
Reverend Canon Michael Smith (Dean and Chapter of York Minster Representative)Council Member of Friends of York Minster2022Foundation Governor, Archbishop Holgate’s School
Member, York Diocesan Leadership Team & Archbishop’s Council2022
York Minster Mystery Plays Board, Trustee2016
St Williams College Enterprises Ltd, Director2013
Friends of York Minster Council Member (non-voting)2013
The Fellowship of the Maple Leaf, Trustee2006
Residentiary Canon York Minster2013
Acting Dean of York2022
Director, York Minster Enterprises2013
St Williams College Trust, Trustee2013
York Minster Fund, Trustee2022

Members of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust who have stood down in the last 12 months

Mr Martin Barnes 01/04/2015 – 20/05/2022
Nature of any Business Interests:
– Diocese of York Education Trust Representative Member
– Ashplant Consulting Ltd
– Elevate MAT (Member)

The Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost 10/10/2019 – 19/10/2021
Nature of any Business Interests:
– Pathfinder MAT, Member
– St Peter’s School York, Governor

Mr Philip Ashton (DYET Representative) 01/02/2015 – 10/11/2021
Nature of any Business Interests:

Members of Hope Learning Trust (York) who have stood down in the last 12 months

Mr Tony Myers 19/07/17  – 31/08/2021
Nature of any Business Interests: None

The Right Reverend Dr John Thomson 10/10/2019 – 31/08/2021
Nature of any Business Interests: TBC

Members of Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Hull) pending closure of the company

Right Reverend Paul Ferguson 01/02/2015 – ongoing
Representative of The Archbishop of York
Nature of any Business Interests: TBC

The Right Reverend Alison White 14/12/2020 – ongoing
Nature of any Business Interests: TBC

Peter Duffield 09/10/2018 – ongoing
Nature of any Business Interests:
– Director of Age UK Hull & East Riding
– Director & Company Secretary of Kingsbridge Careworks CIO
– Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Director)
– Brighter Future Learning Partnership MAT (Trustee)
– Child Dynamix Charity (Trustee)
– Northern Academy of Performing Arts (Trustee)
– The Rotary Club of Hull (Director)
– Institute of Chartered Accountants (Council Member)