Board of Trustees

Northern Lights’ Board of Trustees make decisions on behalf of the whole Trust. They are passionate about learning and are committed to providing outstanding education for pupils and students in all of our academies. 

They are governed by the Articles of Association, which provide a framework for the structure and organisation. 

The Board acknowledges and celebrates that all people are different and can play a role in the Northern Lights family, whatever their background. 

The Board leads by example, aspiring to high quality leadership by seeking out talent, developing potential and spotting the possibility in people, as well as in other organisations. 

The Board has appointed some of its members onto committees (Finance, Audit and Risk Management (FARM) and Standards Committee). These committees have powers delegated to them in line with the scheme of delegation.

For dates of appointment, terms of office and information regarding who appointed the Trustees, please access the Get Information About Schools website.

For governance information regarding academies in the Trust, please click on the relevant link below:

Benedict Biscop CE Academy

Grange Primary School

Hart Primary School

Holley Park Academy

Ian Ramsey CE Academy

St. Helen’s Primary School

St Peter’s Elwick Church of England Primary School

Venerable Bede CE Academy

People and Skills

Jo Heaton OBE - Chief Executive Officer

Jo Heaton OBE

Chief Executive Officer

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Katie Hammond - Trustee and Chair
Date of appointment - 12 July 2023
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed by board

Katie Hammond

Trustee and Chair Date of appointment - 12 July 2023 Term of office - 4 years Appointed by board

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Jason Brine - Trustee
Date of appointment - 13 November 2023
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed by academy members

Jason Brine

Trustee Date of appointment - 13 November 2023 Term of office - 4 years Appointed by academy members

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Michael Laidler - Trustee
Date of appointment - 4 January 2023
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed by academy members

Michael Laidler

Trustee Date of appointment - 4 January 2023 Term of office - 4 years Appointed by academy members

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Sarah Lymer - Trustee
Date of appointment - 17 October 2019
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed/reappointed by academy members

Sarah Lymer

Trustee Date of appointment - 17 October 2019 Term of office - 4 years Appointed/reappointed by academy members

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Peter Olsen - Trustee
Date of appointment - 23 January 2018
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed/reappointed by academy members

Peter Olsen

Trustee Date of appointment - 23 January 2018 Term of office - 4 years Appointed/reappointed by academy members

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Liam Roberts - Trustee
Date of appointment - 12 September 2023
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed by academy members

Liam Roberts

Trustee Date of appointment - 12 September 2023 Term of office - 4 years Appointed by academy members

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Rev. David Tolhurst - Trustee (Safeguarding link)
Date of appointment - 1 February 2023
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed by academy members

Rev. David Tolhurst

Trustee (Safeguarding link) Date of appointment - 1 February 2023 Term of office - 4 years Appointed by academy members

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Neil Williams - Trustee
Date of appointment - 1 February 2023
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed by academy members

Neil Williams

Trustee Date of appointment - 1 February 2023 Term of office - 4 years Appointed by academy members

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Christine Inkster - Trustee (SEND link)
Date of appointment - 1 March 2018
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed/reappointed by academy members

Christine Inkster

Trustee (SEND link) Date of appointment - 1 March 2018 Term of office - 4 years Appointed/reappointed by academy members

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Beverley Jones - Trustee
Date of appointment - 1 February 2023
Term of office - 4 years
Appointed by academy members

Beverley Jones

Trustee Date of appointment - 1 February 2023 Term of office - 4 years Appointed by academy members

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Historic Trustees (Left within the last 12 months)

Mark Stouph 
Appointed by Academy Members
Appointed 4th July 2016
Left 11th July 2023

Catherine Hodgson
Appointed by Academy Members
Appointed 11th January 2022
Left 1st October 2023


For Trustees’ business and pecuniary interests please click here

For Board meeting attendance please click here

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