Jack Harrison

Jack is born and bred in Kingston upon Hull and has been involved in teaching for 43 years. He is an ex head teacher of a large estate primary school and taught all his career in challenging inner city schools. Jack has always believed in the importance of schools working together to learn from and support each other. While head teacher he was co leader of a very successful Network Learning Community of 13 primary and 2 secondary schools supported by the NCSL , sharing ideas and new learning. Later he led a Learning Network Community involving multi agencies including health, social services, police and educationists to try to ensure joined up working in the best interests of all children. Jack worked as the Extended Schools Reorganisation Advisor for Kingston upon Hull to facilitate the setting up of the Extended Schools programme across the city. Since retirement he has been working part-time at Hull University with PGCE students training to be the next generation of teachers in the Hull and East Riding area. Jack was asked to become a trustee of the Enquire Learning Trust when it was started in 2012 and gladly accepted. He is married to Pam, until recently, a primary school teacher and they have two grown up sons. He is an lifelong supporter of Hull City Tigers football club and has greatly enjoyed their recent success, especially last year’s FA cup run. He is involved as the league secretary of the local table tennis league and still plays on a weekly basis, occasionally winning the odd game!

Darren Holmes

Darren leads the development of the Enquire Learning Trust. In this capacity works with leaders, teachers, local governors and other professionals to enhance leadership, develop teaching and learning, facilitate improvement, foster transformation and generate quality outcomes for young people. Developing effective approaches to collaboration lies at the heart of Darren’s leadership and the work of the Trust. Darren is an experienced leader, coach and facilitator. His specialism is in developing practice, provision and opportunity through reflection on action, enquiry based learning and powerful communities of practice. He has written on a range of leadership issues for journals and national publications and has presented at national and international research conventions. He is an experienced designer of professional development and has a passion for unlocking the potential of others. Darren has made a key contribution to work at regional and national level through the National College, DfE and TDA. His previous experience includes more than 20 years as a teacher, school leader and senior local authority officer. He has worked as a researcher and facilitator for the National College. Together with Ronnie Woods he co-created Enquire in 2006. Darren is a Yorkshire emigre living in the North East. He is married to Suzanne and they have three fantastic children who provide a crucial perspective on learning. In his spare time he reads widely, tends a wildlife garden, walks a dog, plays football and picks a mean guitar!

Jeffrey Mellor

Originally from Hyde, now residing in Denton, Tameside, Jeffrey has been around in the education world for some time – having worked as an academic administrator at the former Manchester Polytechnic, both in teacher training and the School of Architecture and Landscape, followed by posts in Community Education with the City of Manchester, he then took up a senior management role at Tameside College, as Assistance Principal for Personnel and Corporate Services, a post from which ill health brought an abrupt end, to an otherwise enjoyable career journey. However, determined not the let the body rule the mind, then followed a period of time as a Member of an Independent Monitoring Board at Hindley Young Offenders Prison, where one of the roles was to report on the standards of education being provided for the young offenders. For the last sixteen years Jeffrey has been a Governor at Hawthorns School for Special Needs, mainly as Vice Chair and for the last three years as Chair. Passionate about education, he believes Governance must make a difference to the lives of the children who attend all the Enquire Learning Academies and is looking forward to developments in the future with optimism.

Jim Cassidy

Originally from Falkirk, Jim left school and entered a career in retail, working the length and breadth of the country and eventually settling in Cleethorpes as Branch Trading Manager. In 1999 Jim decided to settle in Cleethorpes and began a career in financial services. In 2001 Jim opened Argyle Estate Agents and Financial Services Ltd in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, a company which he still operates today. Jim is also a Director of Argyle Lettings Ltd. Jim has served as a parent Governor at Middlethorpe Primary Academy since 2006 and for the last 2 years has been chair of Governors at the Grimsby school.

Ron Kirk

Ron Kirk has a strong business background. He works as a Chartered Accountant and Tax Adviser and is currently represents for Great Ayton as a member of Hambleton District Council. He works closely with the Member of Parliament for the Richmond constituency and is Chair of the Richmond Conservative Association. He is currently serving as Vice Chair of Governors at Roseberry Primary Academy.

Kathryn McKenning

Originally from the North East, Kathryn has lived in Barnsley South Yorkshire for over 10 years. With over 20 years’ experience in Human Resource Management specialising in learning and organisational development, She has worked across a range of industries, over multiple locations and in multiple countries. Kathryn has experience of working with global and multinational companies in retail, service delivery and manufacturing. She has experience of leading teams and is passionate about people and performance. Kathryn has experience in enabling transformational change across organisations though stakeholder engagement and programme delivery. Married with a son she has a keen interest in Tennis and cooking. With her background Kathryn hopes to bring a different perspective to the board of Trustees and use this experience to add value to the organisation.

Nigel Woodworth

Nigel is a qualified accountant with over thirty years experience gained in public and the private sector. His expertise includes commercial and technical aspects of financial planning, management and control, business appraisal, organisational redesign and project management. Nigel work as the Finance and Commercial Direct at Serco with responsibility for corporate services and more recently worked in multi-academy trust supporting finance and HR.

Kate Davies

I am currently the Principal of Darton College, an 11-16 Secondary school in Barnsley. The school is a new build built under the BSF initiative in 2011. Teaching is my second career. I previously worked as a Registered General Nurse, retraining to become a teacher in 2004. My first headship was at Worsbrough Common Primary School, taking up post in 2008. The school served an area of high social disadvantage. In 2009 it was named as the 5th most improved school in the country, and was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in November 2011. In 2013 Worsbrough was designated a National Teaching School/Support School and in partnership with Springwell Community Special Academy established Barnsley Teaching School Alliance. In 2014 I was appointed the Principal of Darton College, I continue to take part in wider system leadership work in both the Primary and Secondary sector as part of my NLE role and Darton is now a strategic partner of the Barnsley Teaching School Alliance. I am a passionate learner , proud mum of 3 young men and a tortured Liverpool supporter.

Lesley Mercer

Lesley was born in Grimsby and returned there to teach in 1975. She spent her career teaching in a number of schools in North East Lincolnshire, retiring in 2014. During that time, she was a class teacher, a senior leader and her last role was Deputy Head and finally Head of School at Middlethorpe Primary in Cleethorpes. She has been involved with Enquire Learning Trust from its inception. She was a passionate class teacher and a great believer in the importance of quality professional development. Whilst at Middlethorpe, she was a Specialist Leader in Education, supporting colleagues from her own and other schools. She has served as a Governor at Middlethorpe since 2008 and Vice Chair since 2016. Lesley is married to Steve and has two ‘grown up’ children.

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