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Paul Carvin
Member

I have been involved in education all my working life. I started out as a Geography teacher and had experience as a senior leader in a large secondary school. I then moved into advisory and inspection work, including for Ofsted. Before retiring, I was Head of Education for Gateshead Council.

I am Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and am interested in promoting high standards and ensuring that all students receive the very best curriculum to suit their needs and expectations. I have two grown up children, both of whom attended KEVI. ​

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Peter Allan
Trustee

I have been a resident of Morpeth for almost 30 years, and during that time I have brought up two children with my wife, Kay. Both children are currently at KEVI and have previously attended both Goosehill and Newminster schools.

I am a chartered civil engineer specialising in offshore geotechnical engineering for both renewable and oil and gas projects. I have started and grown two engineering companies, both of which have been purchased by offshore survey contractors and their successors are still based in the North East.

I hope that my engineering background and commercial experience will be of benefit to the schools and help further enhance the experience and employability of the students as they move on from school.

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Andrew Lister
Trustee

I am an accountant working for Newcastle City Council. I currently report on housing capital and revenue budgets of over £100 million. In a previous role I advised school Headteachers and Governors in Newcastle to assist them in preparing and managing school budgets. I have lived in Longhorsley for 17 years. I am the father of two boys who currently attend Chantry Middle School. I help coach with Longhorsley Junior Football Club and Morpeth under 10’s rugby teams.

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Simon Taylor
Trustee

I have been a teacher since 1985 working in four very different schools. I initially taught history and was a Year Leader at Prudhoe High School, before moving to Walker Technology College in 1995 as Assistant Head and later Deputy Head. In 2001 I took up the post of Headteacher at Kingsmeadow School, Gateshead and then moved to King Edward’s in the same role in 2007. Since September 2013 I have been Executive Headteacher at The Three Rivers Learning Trust with responsibility for all three schools, Chantry, Newminster and KEVI, in the Learning Trust.

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Rev Simon White
Trustee

I was appointed Rector of Morpeth. I have been an Anglican minister for 10 years previously being the Vicar of Felton and Longframlington as well as Diocesan Youth Officer for over seven years. I am responsible for leading and developing youth work within the Anglican parishes from Morpeth to Berwick. I am Chair of Mustard Tree Trust a youth charity based in Morpeth as well as being the Boys Brigade Captain for the Morpeth Company.

I have extensive knowledge and experience of youth work and have in the past been Chair of Governors for a first school in Northumberland and I am also at present a governor at All Saints First School Morpeth. Before my ministry in the church I was the joint managing director of a large design consultancy based in Newcastle and London, designing pubs and nightclubs for the leisure industry as well as work in hospitals and hotels throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.

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Amy Chaudhuri
Trustee

I moved to the North East for my University Education and have lived in the Newcastle/Gateshead area ever since. I have a Master’s degree in Management from Durham University and in Human Resources from Northumbrian University. I am a chartered member of the CIPD and I am currently working as a senior HR professional in the region.

My p​re​vious HR experience has primarily been in the Retail sector where I moved on to run Human Resource & Learning departments working across the UK, Europe & the Far East. I am currently working as a Head of HR for an NHS organisation in the North East supporting the Trust with workforce planning, organisational design and strategy development & implementation. Given my experience my focus is directed towards our colleagues working within the Trust and how to enhance their experience while at work.

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Colin Pearson
Trustee

My professional background was within the Civil Service for 35 years where I managed large numbers of staff and IT equipment including what was then the largest civil computer centre in Europe. I have considerable experience of managing large budgets, and delivering services to pre-set standards and targets. Latterly I specialised in Risk Management and Contingency Planning.

My own three children and our long-term foster child completed their school years within the Morpeth Partnership of Schools. I was a Governor at Abbeyfields First School from the mid 1980’s to 2017 including 15 years as Chair. I was also a Governor for a number of years at Newminster Middle School.

Along with everyone who respects and values state education, I strive to ensure that in the Three Rivers Learning Trust and the wider Morpeth Partnership we maintain high ambitions for our schools (and for state education generally), to promote the development of future citizens who possess intellectual capacity, social awareness and emotional intelligence in equal measure.

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Tom Burston
Trustee

I live in the Upper Coquet Valley, having returned to Northumberland in 2010 following an early career in the overseas development sector. I am now Director of Strategic Operations for the educational group, Challenging Learning. We work with schools all around the world to share teaching and leadership practices that have the biggest impact on learning progress.

I am married to Pennie and we have two small daughters who are in our local school. I hope my global perspective on the education sector can make a useful contribution to the work of the Trust.

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Deb Ions
Trustee

I am a marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sector - with a large proportion of that time being spent working with local, national and international Higher Education institutions mainly covering the North East, London, India and South East Asia.

Currently I am Head of Marketing for a young and ambitious company called St James’ Square Law Firm and its sister company St James’ Square Sports Management, where I lead and advise on their public profile. I am passionate about education and all things marketing – in particular reputation management and brand storytelling.

I am delighted to join The Three Rivers Learning Trust where I am able to advise on their communications strategy and help to promote all of the great achievements coming out of the schools. My two children are in Newminster and Abbeyfields and I have seen first hand the wonderful and varied education that they are receiving.

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Yvonne Rutherford
Trustee

I have lived in the Morpeth area for a number of years and have two children both attending Morpeth schools. My chosen profession is in the field of nursing, working for the NHS based at a hospital in vulnerable people. During that time I have successfully attained a BSc Honours degree in Practice Nurse Development.

It is an honour to be a Trustee within The Three Rivers Learning Trust and I hope that my skills and experience will have a positive influence on the opportunities and education we provide to our young people whilst supporting the community.

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Stephanie Gibson
Trustee

I have been involved in Higher Education for over 20 years with leadership roles in Business Planning & Governance, International Accreditation & Partnerships, Global Rankings and Research Management.

I am excited to join The Three Rivers Learning Trust and will hopefully have a positive influence on the education, experiences and opportunities created. I am especially interested in the widening participation agenda to break down barriers for entry into Higher Education.

I am also keen to help create opportunities for students to acquire much sought after employability skills and connect students and staff to businesses regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Ben Cole
Trustee

I grew up in Morpeth, attending Newminster and King Edward VI High School before studying pharmacy at Nottingham University. I have since held several senior management positions with significant experience in patient care, budget management, business strategy, and external oversight. I currently support NHS primary care organisations in England, Scotland, and Wales with medicines optimisation in my role as a Pharmacist Account Manager for Optum UK.

Before returning to Morpeth in 2020, I was based in Yorkshire and volunteered as a Governor and Trustee, including 4 years as Chair of Governors for a Leeds primary school.

I am delighted to join The Three Rivers Learning Trust as a Trustee and will strive to ensure young people experience a diverse, enriched education and leave as confident young adults with the skills to overcome life's challenges.

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