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Trust Board

Our Trustees

Jane Lewis | Chair of Trustees
Philippa Gowland
Karen Osborne
Andrew Simpkin
Scott Ratheram

Date of Appointment: 09/06/2018
Chair Appointment: 01/01/2024
Committees: Standards
Meetings 2022/23: 6/7
Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Jane Lewis has been a Governor/Director for over 20 years in a variety of schools and organisations.  She is passionate about improving education. She has served the Department for Education as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) for almost a decade, working with dozens of schools and academies across the North & Midlands. She was previously a MAT Board Director at  Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (SALT). She is a Director of Together People Ltd which specialises in undertaking External Reviews and advising on Governance, Leadership and Organisational Development.

Date of Appointment: 04/07/2018
Term of Office: 03/07/2026
Committees: Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee (Chair)
Meetings 2022/23: 7/7
Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Philippa Gowland is a lawyer who has worked in the field of child protection since 1998. She studied law at Exeter University and also completed a masters degree in family law and policy at the University of East Anglia. Teaching is her family’s profession and it instilled in her a passion for good education and a desire to give every child the opportunity to achieve their potential. She has a significant knowledge of safeguarding and child development, and her work with vulnerable families gives her insight into the obstacles that can limit children’s life chances.

Date of Appointment: 05/05/2021
Term of Office: 04/05/2025
Committees: Standards (Chair)
Meetings 2022/23: 5/7
Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Karen Osborne has spent her 40 year career in the Insurance industry. Having started her career as a Commercial Underwriter she progressed to management within a short period of time going on to hold senior management and director roles responsible for operational efficiency, optimising client journey, compliance, HR and finance in both Insurance Company and Broker sectors. Karen is now retired.

Throughout her career Karen’s passion has been providing a developmental environment that allows employees to achieve their full potential and her proudest achievements have been seeing those that she has mentored managed and supported over the years thrive in their careers.

Karen’s interest in utilising her business skills to support schools as a Trustee was sparked having provided internship placements for sixth formers from the David Young Academy.

Karen joined the Hope Learning Trust Board in the summer of 2017.   

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2019
Term of Office: 31/03/2023
Committees: Resources (Chair), H&S Representative 
Meetings 2022/23: 6/7
Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Andrew Simpkin is Head of Project Delivery for the Portakabin Group Sales business. Andrew gained his B.Sc honours degree in Building (Production Management) from Nottingham Trent University. He is a Chartered Construction Manager and Fellow of the CIOB and has been employed by Portakabin Group since 1988, operating at strategic level as a member of the group’s leadership team and the divisional business unit’s senior management team.

Date of Appointment: 21/02/2023
Term of Office: 20/02/2027
Committees: Standards Committee
Meetings 2022/23: N/A
Meetings 2023/24: 2/2
Scott Ratheram has been involved in education for 26 years and over 13 thirteen years as a Headteacher. Scott has a track record of improving schools that have been in challenging circumstances and has led improvement across 3 different schools, been visited by Ofsted fourteen times for subject inspections, section 8 monitoring visits and section 5 inspections.

Scott is currently Executive Principal at The Education Alliance and works across both primary and secondary phases as well as their SCITT. Scott is passionate about the role education can play in improving the life chances of young people, especially the most disadvantaged. He enjoys working closely with school leaders and staff to help build sustained capacity for improvement and influencing change by winning hearts and minds so that colleagues share a common vision.

Board of Trustees - Register of Business Interests

Name of TrusteeNature of any business interests including details of the company or organisationDate of start of interestDetails of governor membership at another school or academyDetails of any relationship between trustee and member of Trust staff (eg spouse)
Andrew SimpkinPortakabin Group (Construction Industry) Head of Product DeliveryAugust 1988N/AWife employed at Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Tony Myers (Chair)NoneN/AN/AN/A
Philippa GowlandEmployed by City of York CouncilFebruary 2011N/AN/A
Member of St Michael Le Belfrey YorkAugust 2021
Member of Law Society1998
Karen OsborneNoneN/AN/AN/A
Scott RatheramExecutive Principal - The Education AllianceApril 2018N/AN/A
Jane LewisTogether People (Director)2005Archbishop Holgates CE AcademyFriendship with the Trust’s current CFO for 25 years through York Community Church.
Restore (York) Ltd (Trustee)April 2018Member of Academy
Intervention Board & Chair of Governors for Academy Intervention Board, Co-op Grange Academy since (Jan 2023)
Tang Hall Big Local CIO (Trustee)2014
Tang Hall Big Local Partnership (Chair)2022
York Community Church (Trustee)Nov 1993 - Jan 2020
Lewis Sand Art2022
Archbishop Holgate Grammar School Foundation (Charity Trustee)2020

About Hope Sentamu Learning Trust

Hope Sentamu Learning Trust came into being on 1 September 2021, following the merger of Hope Learning Trust York and Sentamu Academy Learning Trust. Each of the predecessor Trusts had been named after an Archbishop of York – Baron David Hope and Lord John Sentamu respectively.

Hope Sentamu Learning Trust is a Church of England multi-academy trust. The Trust Board, detailed above, comprises Trustees contributing particular skills and experience.

Sitting underneath the Trust Board are Local Governing Committees (LGCs), formerly Governing Bodies, of each academy that retain most of their decision-making powers. Their details are on the individual academy websites. 

Trust Board meetings are also attended by Helen Winn, in her capacity as CEO and Accounting Officer of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust. Find out more about Helen here.

Trustees who have stood down in the last 12 months

Tony Myers
Date of Appointment: 04/10/2020
Resigned: 31/12/2023
Committees: Resources
Meetings 2022/23: 7/7
Meetings 2023/24: 2/2

Fred Owen
Date of Appointment:
Term of Office: 31/08/2023
Committees: Audit and Distinctiveness & Personal Development Committee
Meetings 2022/23: 1/3
Meetings 2021/22:


Audit and Risk Committee is currently combined within the Trust Board Meeting schedule

Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee
Philippa Gowland (Chair)
Jane Lewis

Resources Committee
Andrew Simpkin (Chair)
Tony Myers
Philippa Gowland

Standards Committee
Karen Osborne (Chair)
Jane Lewis 
Scott Ratheram

Safeguarding Representative

Health and Safety Representative
Andrew Simpkin

Pupil Premium Lead
Philippa Gowland

Whistleblowing Lead
Jane Lewis 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Lead

Attendances available upon request


Name Trustee Type 14/09/22 02/11/22 14/12/22 18/01/23 29/03/23 24/05/23 19/07/23
Tony Myers (CHAIR) Archbishop of York Appt P P P P P P P
Andrw Simpkin Member Appt AC P P P P P P
Philippa Gowland Member Appt P P P P P P P
Karen Osborne Member Appt AC P P P P AC P
Peter Duffield Member Appt AC P P R R R R
Alison Smith Member Appt (Diocesan Rep) P P P R R R R
Scott Ratheram Member Appt (Diocesan Rep) X X X X X P P
Jane Lewis Member Appt P AC P P P P P
Fred Owen Member Appt P AN AN AC P AC P

Attendance records are updated once a term.

The Trustees can be contacted via the Executive Support Manager of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust at secretary@hslt.academy

Laura Swan
Hope Sentamu Learning Trust
Rawcliffe Drive, Clifton (Without),
York, YO30 6ZS

Becoming a Trustee

If you would like to apply to become a Trustee please email secretary@hslt.academy


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