The Eastern Learning Alliance was legally formed by five founding Members who represent the existing school communities.
They meet as a minimum once a year to appoint Trustees and to ensure the Trust is still fulfilling its Articles.
The current Members are
▪︎ Martin Rigby
▪︎ Julian Mellor
▪︎ Sherry Coutu
▪︎ Graham Virgo
▪︎ Tim Oates
The Board of Trustees are appointed by the Members to oversee the development and operation of the Trust.
The Trustees meet monthly to set the direction for the Trust, hold the CEO to account and to ensure financial probity.
Martin Rigby is chairman of Eastern Learning Alliance and was previously a governor of Impington Village College.
He is a director of a venture fund management business investing in high growth technology businesses and serves as non-executive director of a number of public and private companies. He was previously a regular army officer.
Keith Thomson is an experienced business leader and professional engineer who has most recently been responsible for HR in a FTSE250 company and a member of the Group’s Executive Team with oversight of recruitment, training and development, succession planning and resourcing and retention.
Keith developed his interest in education through leading his company’s schools outreach programme and involvement with STEM programmes. He has been a member of the Employment Policy & Skills Committee of the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF – now Make UK) and the Business & Industry Panel of Engineering UK. Along with his general management experience he adds value to ELA through his skills and insights in human resources strategy and practice.
David Jenkins joined the governing body of Impington Village College in 2006 before becoming a Trustee of the Morris Education Trust in 2016 (now ELA) where he is the link trustee for The Cavendish School.
He is a member of Histon & Impington Parish council, which he chaired between 2013 and 2017, and has been a county councillor since 2006. David is now semi-retired after a career in industry where he had executive and non-executive director positions in both public and private sector organisations. He is now a business coach helping the owners and directors of small and medium sized enterprises to run their businesses well.
Jim Warwick came to Cambridge to study Computer Science in the 80’s and has never left.
He has had a career initially in Telecoms consultancy and then as a Director of Abcam plc – a Cambridge Lifesciences start-up which has grown into a successful public company. Since leaving Abcam, he has returned to supporting start-ups in the Cambridge area as a mentor and angel investor. His children attended Chesterton Community College when he first became a local governor in 2011. Jim was a Trustee of CET for 8 years so brings a wealth of educational governance experience with him to the ELA board where he currently sits as Vice-Chair.
Victoria Stubbs is an experienced compliance and risk professional, working mainly in the finance sector.
She is currently a director of a high profile local financial services organisation with responsibility for designing and implementing a risk management framework, strategy development, and managing the provision of legal services and internal audit. Victoria also speaks at conferences on risk management. Her skills acquired from a highly regulated industry help ensure ELA is meeting its obligations and furthering its vision in the most effective way.
Mary Sanders for a number of years was Chair of Chesterton Community College LGB, and then a Trustee of the Cambridgeshire Educational Trust.
Until recently Mary has also supported the LGB of another trust school. Mary has a BSc Hons Chemistry degree, with Biochemistry and Psychology from Bristol University. She is now retired, but all her working life was a freelance science editor. She received her MBE in 2010 for voluntary services to young people in Cambridgeshire, through the Guide Movement, Youth Clubs and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mary was a founder member of Community and Voluntary for the Eastern Region (COVER), and chaired it for 6 years. She is Chair of Cambridge and District Council for Voluntary Service, and a Trustee of YMCA Trinity. At a national level Mary has sat on the English Outdoor Council, and has served on the Boards of both the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services and the National Youth Agency.
Morag Morrison-Helme began her career as a secondary school Drama and English teacher in Australia.
Later, while Head of Department for Performing Arts in a large Secondary State School, she was also responsible for their teacher training programme, alongside involvement in state-wide curriculum development. Following further academic study in Australia and the UK, Morag became involved in postgraduate Teacher Education, working at Griffith University in Australia before taking up a post at Cambridge University lecturing on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education; she continues to work as Senior Examiner on the PGCE for practical placements. Morag’s on-going research in teacher development has enabled her to work internationally on projects in Sweden, China, Turkey and Kazakhstan.
Anne Constantine recently retired after a long career in Education beginning as a modern languages teacher in secondary schools in Sheffield and ending as Principal of two Cambridgeshire FE colleges.
At Cambridge Regional College Anne worked in collaboration with local schools on 14-19 initiatives and founded the University Technical College in 2014 specialising in Biomedical Science. Growing up in a large family Anne saw at an early age the difference schooling made to the life chances of individual children and has been determined to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to excel in their chosen field. Anne has also had experience of teaching at university level and as a Local Authority Education Officer.
Lucy Scott is CEO of The Eastern Learning Alliance; a trust which works across the East of England and includes: primary, secondary and special school provision.
Lucy is a global leader in education, supporting schools both nationally and internationally. Her experience includes leading schools which perform consistently at the top of UK league tables and improving schools which have been placed in special measures. She is a National Leader of Education and enjoys solving the daily challenges in education in order to make schools the most exciting places they can be.