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Trust Board

Our Trustees

Tony Myers | Chair of Trustees
Peter Duffield
Philippa Gowland
Jane Lewis
Karen Osborne
Fred Owen
Andrew Simpkin
Alison Smith
Ian Thomson

Date of Appointment: 05/10/2020
Term of Office: 04/10/2024
Committees: Resources
Tony Myers became a director of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust York in October 2016 and Chair from July 2017. For 11 years he was a governor at Copmanthorpe Primary School, being Chair for 7 years and Vice Chair for 1 year. For many years he led music in his local church (in various locations). Recently he chaired the Church Council (PCC) and the group leading on redeveloping the buildings for mission. He previously spent 3 years as trustee and treasurer of Adoption UK, and as trustee and chair of York Family Mediation. A qualified accountant, Tony retired (from paid work!) in December 2014 following 25 years at the level of deputy chief executive / vice-principal, variously in a social care charity, two further education colleges, and a professional body.

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2021
Term of Office: 31/08/2025
Committees: Audit (Chair)
Bio: TBC

Date of Appointment: 04/07/2018
Term of Office: 03/07/2022
Committees: Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee (Chair)
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: 01/09/2021
Term of Office: 31/08/2025
Committees: Standards
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: 05/05/2021
Term of Office: 04/07/2025
Committees: Standards (Chair)
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: 01/09/2021
Term of Office: 31/08/2025
Committees: Audit and Distinctiveness & Personal Development Committee
Fred is the Chief Executive Officer for the RSPCA Hull & East Riding with an extensive background in strategic and operational leadership in the public and third sector both regionally and nationally.

He has spent over 17 years as a senior leader in St John Ambulance, leading on charity transformation, quality assurance in training and clinical education and safeguarding. Fred was an Ambulance Operations Manager for the North of England responsible for delivering ambulance care to CQC standards. As a senior leader for the charity Fred was also a mentor for the new managers programme and a leadership coach for both its commercial and volunteer people.

His experience as a leader in the Ministry of Justice brings a wealth of experience leading on curriculum policy, embedding British Values providing enrichment and developing the hidden curriculum for offenders in custody with the aim of reducing reoffending and resettling back into the community with skills and opportunities.

Fred has volunteered with the Army Cadet Force for 30 years and is the Commandant of Yorkshire North & West.  In 2008 Fred was recognised by HM the Queen and invested as a Member of the Order of St John. He has also been recognised by Her Majesties Lord-Lieutenant for the East Riding of Yorkshire for services to youth.

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2019
Term of Office: 31/03/2023
Committees: Resources (Chair), H&S Representative 
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: 01/09/2021
Term of Office: 31/08/2025
Committees: Standards and Distinctiveness & Personal Development Committee
Alison has worked in education for over 20 years. She is highly committed to supporting the development of educational provision which allows pupils and adults to flourish.

Alison is currently the Assistant Director of Education for the Diocese of York Education Team (effectiveness). Alison has primary responsibility for monitoring church school effectiveness and supports the DBE in securing the effectiveness of its schools and academies.  She monitors and reports on a range of performance data and liaises with Local Authorities, the DfE and Ofsted, attending feedback meetings and monitoring visits as appropriate.  She provides school improvement advice to individual schools and provides support and development for leadership across the Diocese. 

Prior to joining the Diocese of York Education Team, Alison worked for North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Service for 16 years, beginning as a Primary School Teacher, and then as an Advanced Skills Teacher who supported teaching colleagues to develop their practice across a variety of schools and settings across North Yorkshire and then as a Primary Headteacher for 9 years.

Date of Appointment: 05/05/2021
Term of Office: 04/05/2025
Committees: Resources and Distinctiveness & Personal Development Committee
Ian was a Trustee of the Hope Learning Trust from 2017 to 2021, during which time he chaired the Resources Committee. He brings this experience to the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, Trust Board.

His background is in local government where, until his retirement, he was a Chief Planning Officer for unitary and metropolitan local authorities in the north of England having obtained a Diploma in Town Planning and a Law degree. He also was responsible at various times for highways, transportation, property and regeneration services and has been part of strategic decision-making groups within the public sector.

Through successfully facilitating the implementation of major regeneration schemes providing homes and employment with significant capital and revenue budgets, Ian is motivated by achieving the delivery of services and projects which make a difference in people’s lives.

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)
Mr Ian ThomsonEothen Homes, TrusteeNovember 2006N/AN/A
York Community Church, TrusteeMay 1994
Mr Andrew SimpkinPortakabin Group (Construction Industry) Head of Product DeliveryAugust 1988N/AWife employed at Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Mr Tony Myers (Chair)NoneN/AN/AN/A
Mrs Philippa GowlandEmployed by City of York CouncilFebruary 2011N/AN/A
Ms Karen OsborneNoneN/AN/AN/A
Mr Peter DuffieldDirector of Age UK Hull & East RidingOver 5 yearsWalkington Primary School (Governor)N/A
Director & Company Secretary of Kingsbridge Careworks CIOOver 10 years
Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Director)Over 5 years
Brighter Future Learning Partnership MAT (Trustee)Over 2 years
Child Dynamix Charity (Trustee)Over 5 years
Northern Academy of Performing Arts (Trustee)Over 9 years
The Rotary Club of Hull (Director)Over 6 years
Institute of Chartered Accountants (Council Member)Over 4 years
Alison SmithDiocese of York employeeSeptember 2014Weaverthorpe / Micklefield, STAR MAT, Elevate MAT, Ebor MATN/A
Jane LewisTogether People (Director)October 2014Archbishop Holgates CE AcademyN/A
Restore (York) Ltd (Trustee)April 2018Kingswood Parks Primary School
Nov 1993 - Jan 2020
Fred OwenRSPCA Hull & East RidingSeptember 2021N/AN/A
Army Cadet ForceJanuary 1991

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. 

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 (Hope Learning Trust)

Julie McGonigle
From/to: 17.05.2018 – 31.08.2021

Olivia Seymour
From/to: 04.07.2018 – 31.08.2021

Mr David Judson
From/to: 01.09.2020 (recent renewal of term of office) – 09.12.2020


Please contact Hope Sentamu Learning Trust for Register of Business Interests

Trustees who have stood down in the last 12 months (Sentamu Academy Learning Trust)

Nick Dean
Resigned 15th July 2021



Audit Committee
Peter Duffield (Chair)
Fred Owen
Plus an external accountant (TBC)

Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee
Philippa Gowland (Chair)
Ian Thomson
Alison Smith
Fred Owen

Resources Committee
Andrew Simpkin (Chair)
Tony Myers
Ian Thomson

Standards Committee
Karen Osborne (Chair)
Alison Smith
Jane Lewis 

Safeguarding Representative
Fred Owen

Health and Safety Representative
Andrew Simpkin

Pupil Premium Lead
Philippa Gowland

Whistleblowing Lead
Jane Lewis 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Lead
Alison Smith


Click here for Trustees’ Attendance at Meetings and further information

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

Liz Andrews-Wilson
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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