Queen Elizabeth School

Trustees & Governors

Local Governing Body

CEO – Mr Christopher Clarke, ex Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth School, is CEO of the MAT. He is also the Accounting Officer (AO). Chris sits on the Head Teacher’s Board for the Regional School Commissioner North. He will line manage the Headteachers across the MAT, along with the CFO. Performance Management will be carried out by the SEL, along with another member of the Board.

Ty Power is the one Member of the Academy Trust who is also a Trustee of the Company. Ty is a prominent member of the local community and an accomplished international businessman, equipping him with the ability to offer expertise in all areas of running an international company as well as leading a national educational institu ion. He has served on Cumbria School’s Forum for 15 years and as such is an expert in both school and business finance.

The Trust Board meet 6 times a year. They also operate two subcommittees, Finance, Audit and Risk and Strategy Committee which also meet a minimum of 6 times a year. Each subcommittee has a written scheme of delegation.

The Trust Board takes advice from the Local Governing Body (LGB) for both Queen Elizabeth School and QEStudio School. As the two schools are based on the same site one LGB operates across both institutions. The LGB comprises 10-12 governors. The LGB (and any subsequent LGBs) will include at least two parent governors (article 46).

Trust Members

The Membership of the Multi Academy Trust is representative of the local community – a longstanding member of Lunesdale Learning Trust (who will also sit on the Trust Board), a key representative of the local community and a member of the Parish Church. This defines the school’s commitment to sitting at the very heart of the local community. Longer term, as the MAT grows, there are two membership positions available and these will be fulfilled by employers from the Studio School, an appropriate member of the Sports Partnership, wider community or Diocesan representatives.

Ty Power

Ty Power

Ty Power offers expertise in all areas of managing a multinational company and in directing a leading national business/education organisation.  Now retired, he is the former Operations Director of K Shoes Ltd. ( C and J Clark Ltd.) and former Executive Director and Director of the Graduate Programme of Young Enterprise.

Ty studied Economics and Business at the University of Edinburgh and at INSEAD in Fontainebleau.  He is a member of the Cumbria Schools’ Forum, latterly representing Academy schools in the South of the County.  Through the Schools Forum Ty has been involved in several revisions of Cumbria’s schools’ funding methodology and is well versed in schools’ financing issues. Ty was a founding member of the current Multi Academy Trust formed in May 2017, before which he was a Member of Queen Elizabeth School Limited Company.

Key Experience

  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Ability to question and challenge

Rev Richard Snow

Rev Richard Snow

Rev Richard Snow is team Rector of the Kirkby Lonsdale Team Ministry.  He studied aeronautical engineering at Bristol University and after graduation specialised in the hydrodynamics of minesweeping equipment and underwater systems.  He studied theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and was ordained in 1990, but retains a passion for engineering, as well as the relationship between science and faith.   He served in the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Diocese of Bristol before moving to Kirkby Lonsdale in 2007.   Has a Masters from Kings College, London in Youth Ministry and Theological Education and, in addition to parish duties, serves on the Carlisle Diocesan Synod and the Carlisle Diocese Board of Education.  Rev. Snow was a founding member of the Multi Academy Trust, formed on 16 May 2017.

Peter Gregson

Peter Gregson

Peter spent much of his career in the footwear industry, working for both Clarks and K Shoes and subsequently led the setting up of a successful local retail franchise business in the late 1990’s. He spent the last 10 years of his career working for a leadership and management training company in the Lake District, helping individuals and teams become more effective inside their organisations. Now happily retired, he is involved in a number of different organisations both in the Kirkby Lonsdale community and internationally. He is a Trustee of CRMI Children of Hope, a local charity which works with some of the poorest and most vulnerable children, young adults and families in Uganda, helping them to build better lives for themselves and their families.

Trust Board

The Trust Board comprises nine Trustees. A skills audit has been completed identifying a comprehensive mix of skills from experience of school governance, finance, IT, marketing, project planning, data analysis, ability to question and challenge and strong links with local community.

Fenner Pearson

Chair of Trustees

Fenner Pearson

Chair of Trustees

Fenner Pearson is the owner of a successful Kendal-based business. He has 30 years’ experience in IT and set up his own software house in 2004.

Key Experience

  • Business
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Data handling

Ty Power

Ty Power

Ty Power offers expertise in all areas of managing a multinational company and in directing a leading national business/education organisation.  Now retired, he is the former Operations Director of K Shoes Ltd. ( C and J Clark Ltd.) and former Executive Director and Director of the Graduate Programme of Young Enterprise.

Ty studied Economics and Business at the University of Edinburgh and at INSEAD in Fontainebleau.  He is a member of the Cumbria Schools’ Forum, latterly representing Academy schools in the South of the County.  Through the Schools Forum Ty has been involved in several revisions of Cumbria’s schools’ funding methodology and is well versed in schools’ financing issues. Ty was a founding member of the current Multi Academy Trust formed in May 2017, before which he was a Member of Queen Elizabeth School Limited Company.

Key Experience

  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Ability to question and challenge

Richard Shepherd

Richard Shepherd

Richard Shepherd is a retired hospital doctor who worked at the Lancaster and Kendal hospitals. He has worked at a senior level in the public sector for many years and has a deep understanding of its complexities.

Key Experience

  • Public Sector,
  • Probity,
  • Ability to question and challenge

Stewart Lawrenson

Stewart Lawrenson

Stewart Lawrenson is a self-employed building contractor. Stewart is the Chair of Governors at a local primary school and a very well respected member of the local community. Stewart’s professional expertise offers support to the maintenance and buildings development aspects of the Trusts operation. Stewart is also the designated safeguarding governor.

Key Experience

  • Estates management
  • Community

Margaret Cunningham

Margaret Cunningham

Margaret Cunningham is a retired English Teacher and former Editor and Administrative Officer for a local company where she also had responsibility for Human Resources. Margaret is an active member of the local community through her church and charity work.

Key Experience

  • HR
  • Ability to question and challenge

Dr Sally Elton-Chalcraft

Dr Sally Elton-Chalcraft

Dr Sally Elton-Chalcraft is a Reader in Education (associate professor) at the University of Cumbria where she has worked with intending primary and secondary teachers since moving to Cumbria in 2002. Formerly she was a primary school teacher in Oxfordshire and Derbyshire.  She is passionate about providing young people with a balanced education, equipping them not only with the required skills and certificates for their future lives, but also an education which challenges them to think responsibly about their role as citizens in the world. She teaches and publishes in the areas of Religious Education, Anti-racism, special educational needs and school leadership.

Key Experience

  • Education

Steve Houghton

Steve Houghton

Ian Skillen

Ian Skillen

Ian Skillen graduated from the University of Hull with an honours degree in geology before going on to Loughborough to do his teacher training in PE and Geography.
His teaching career began at Gosforth High School in Newcastle before moving to Netherhall School in Maryport where he became Deputy Head. Following retirement he moved to Kirkby Lonsdale in 2009. His interest in education led to him joining the governing body in 2012.
His subsequent assignment to the curriculum sub-committee allowed him to utilise his experience in curriculum and data analysis. Ian has also been a magistrate since 2007 and sits on the South Cumbria Bench, as a Presiding Justice, in both the Adult and Youth Courts.
As a keen rugby enthusiast Ian represents Cumbria on the England Schools RFU, which together with his background in the justice system led to his appointment as the RFU National Age Grade Discipline Secretary in 2017.

Jacqui Scott

Jacqui Scott

Jacqui Scott had five children go through QES with her youngest recently starting. As a Director of the Kendal Mountain Festival, Jacqui has specific interest in inspiring more people to enjoy, explore and respect the outdoors, something she feel strongly starts with the youngest members of our community. Jacqui is also a member of the Creative and Cultural Sector Panel of the Cumbria LEP and believes in the potential of creativity to enhance opportunities and mitigate challenges for children and young people.

Local Governing Body

David Southey

Chair

David Southey

Chair

David graduated from The University of Leeds with an honours degree in animal nutrition and physiology and has since worked for over 25 years in the global animal health and nutrition sector. After graduating he spent 2 years working alongside vets in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, specialising in nutritional aspects of primate care. Following this he spent 9 years with the German chemical company BASF as their European companion animal specialist, where he lead a multi-national team of 12 nutritionists. His following appointment was as Nutritional Sales Director for the UK’s largest private-label pet food manufacturers near Preston, where he established and developed their technical, sales and customer service departments, and lead the company’s growth into 42 countries. David established his own consultancy business in 2007, which now employs 3 nutritionists and zoologists, working on nutrition and product development projects for 140 clients in 32 countries around the world. He is also past Chairman of the Additives Committee for the UK Pet Food Manufacturers Association. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, cooking, and working on his smallholding near Bentham.

Paul Cobley

Paul Cobley

Toby Barker

Staff Governor

Toby Barker

Staff Governor

Toby Barker is a staff governor and has been teaching since 2009, following an earlier career in finance & banking. Toby undertook his initial teacher training at QES and then returned as Head of History in 2015.

Tracey Fell-Williams

Staff Governor

Tracey Fell-Williams

Staff Governor

Tracey Fell-Williams is a Staff Governor. She has worked as Facilities Manager at QES for 9 years.  She manages the school site and I looks after rooming for various school events and actives including exams, meeting and external events.

Prior to this she worked for Daleswear Limited being in charge of buying, selling and general running of the factory. She also worked part-time for Barry Robinson Leisure assisting the account manager.

Helen Lancaster

Helen Lancaster

A qualified Chartered Surveyor Helen manages the Lake District National Park estate. Having spent her childhood in and around Keswick she spent almost 10 years in London managing the Crown Estates before moving back to Kirkby Lonsdale.

Damien Sissons

Damien Sissons

Having graduated in Mathematics and Philosophy from Liverpool University Damien has spent the majority of his career in practice as a Chartered Accountant.

Peter Weston

Staff Governor

Peter Weston

Staff Governor

Pete Weston is the SENCO for Lunesdale Learning Trust and acts as a Staff Governor. 

Philip Black

Parent Governor

Philip Black

Parent Governor

Phillip is a parent governor with 2 children currently enrolled at QES.  After pursuing careers in retail management and photography for many years Phillip returned to education as a mature student, recently earning a BSc Hons in Astronomy & Planetary Science.  Now he is undertaking a MSc in Astronomy & Astrophysics alongside supporting his husband in running the family business.  Phillip’s other civic commitments include being a member of the UHMBT and an elected representative on Lancaster City Council representing Skerton West ward.

Jill Bargh

Parent Governor

Jill Bargh

Parent Governor

Jill Bargh is a parent governor with one child at QES and another to follow. Formerly a Business Banker she is currently a director of a company with two local auction mart sites, an Exhibition Centre, and associated Agricultural Business Rental Properties. She contributes to setting Group Strategy, monitoring financial performance and budgets, risk, growth projects and property management. Jill also runs her own property rental business and assists her husband with his farming enterprise.

Jill has firsthand experience of the success achieved by both routes into the world of work, work experience enhanced with work-based learning, or purely academic learning, and feels proud to represent a school that has positioned itself to place value in both these educational routes through QES and QES Studio School.

Hobbies: Farming, Swimming, Walking, Tennis, History and Architecture.

Specialist Area: Finance and Proposition Analysis, Customer Service, Control and Risk Management, Property Management.