Board of Directors

Ian Brown, Chair

Ian Brown has had a long association with business, firstly in his role as director in the family business of Graham and Brown and latterly as Chair of the Blackburn with Darwen Hive Business Network. His involvement at Graham and Brown gave him responsibilities in the operational and logistical aspects of the company, before leading on matters of Corporate and Social Responsibility. In 2002 he led the development of the company`s first CSR report, which was recognised by the Global Reporting Initiative of the United Nations for its fresh approach to CSR reporting. In 2012 he was awarded North West Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.
In his role at the Hive Business Network he facilitated the creation of partnerships between local businesses and the education providers in Blackburn with Darwen to improve knowledge of current and future skills. He is also a director of Growth Lancashire.

Angela Allen, Vice Chair

Angela is Chief Executive of the Families Health and Well-Being Consortium which she helped to establish in 2011. She represents the VCF sector on a range of strategic groups. She is chair of the Families Health and Well Being Forum and a member of the Health and Well-Being Board, the Local Safeguarding Childrens Board, the Childrens Partnership Board and the Lancashire Reducing Re-offending Board. She works closely with other partners in the VCF sector, Health, Police, Local Authority and the private sector. Angela worked for 6 years for the CVS in BwD and has also worked in the Education sector for a Higher Education provider, the public sector for 2 Local Authorities as well as in the private sector. She has a BA Hons, Dip Industrial Studies and Level 7 Collaborative Leadership qualification.

Sharon Roscoe, Chief Executive

As Chief Executive of the EPT, Sharon project managed the successful opening of The Heights Blackburn, Eden School and The Heights Burnley. She led the academy conversions for Coal Clough Academy and Pleckgate High School and more recently the re-brokerage and transfer of Atherton High School and Burnley High School into the EPT. Sharon was formerly chief executive of the Education Improvement Partnership (EIP), a formal collaboration between all secondary phase schools in Blackburn with Darwen which raised educational outcomes, developed business links and delivered national education conferences. She was Vice Chair of the governing body for a primary school which was judged as outstanding by Ofsted. Sharon worked as Strategic Manager (Operations) for CXL and Area Manager for Connexions Lancashire Ltd. She graduated as MBA in 2011 from Lancaster University.

Luke Green

Luke is a Partner in the Employment and Education teams at the law firm Hill Dickinson LLP based out of their Liverpool and Manchester offices. Luke is an expert in Education and Employment law and works with over 50 primary and secondary schools where he advises on issues like appraisal and performance management, disciplinaries, grievances, absence management and many other issues relating to employment law in schools. Luke regularly trains and advises schools across the North West of England on changes in the law and practically how schools need to deal with such changes. Luke brings a wealth of practical experience on how to quickly address employee problems which will add a considerable amount of value at a strategic level to Education Partnership Trust.

Ian Kendrick

Ian has 40 years’ experience in the education and school improvement sector. Based on a successful teaching and senior management career in schools, he subsequently went on to advisory work in school improvement, including Ofsted inspections. Ian led school improvement teams in 4 different Local Authorities and was Deputy Director for Children’s Services in two of these LAs.  Having taken “semi-retirement” Ian now works as an independent consultant with a small number of primary and secondary schools.  Ian has extensive experience as a school governor having served on various Governing Bodies at primary and secondary level.

Dale Sourbutts

Dale is the Managing Director for Cruise1st who are specialists in Cruise holidays based in Media City, Salford. Cruise 1st is a multi-million pound international business and is part of the Dreamlines Group who are the worlds largest combined Cruise business outside of the USA. The Cruise1st brand operates within the UK, Australia and Singapore. Within his role as General Manager, he is responsible for the day to day operations surrounding sales, customer service, HR and people management. In his 25 year career in The Travel Sector, Dale has worked for local Independent Travel Agency Althams Travel, Mytravel who subsequently merged with Thomas Cook and now with Cruise1st whom he joined in 2014. He was accountable for delivering £110 Million annual gross sales and responsible for 75 FTE across three separate divisions within Thomas Cook, whilst building and maintaining relationships with Ecommerce, Marketing and Product teams.  He has an excellent commercial acumen, has managed global teams within Cruise1st being instrumental in process management and people development, utilising his qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management extensively. He has led change and transformation projects, most recently effectively project managing the outsourcing of multiple business tasks to a BPO based in Manila that has become a core part of Cruise1st’s successful growing business. Dale has a proven track record of delivering focused, strategic operational improvements contributing to individual skills development, team dynamics and bottom line performance.

Mick Cartledge

Mick took up the post of Chief Executive at Burnley Borough Council in September 2017, a key role for the Council and the Borough. Previously, Mick was Chief Operating Officer and Director of Community Services throughout his 16 years at Burnley. Prior to that, he worked at both Bradford and Craven Councils.

Glynnis Carthy

Glynnis is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in accounting and auditing matters.  She is a non-executive director of a listed company, MAS Real Estate Inc. As part of this role, she chairs the audit and risk committee.  Glynnis is passionate about enhancing the quality of financial reporting and provides consulting and training services related to the interpretation and application of accounting standards.  She also assists companies with the implementation of accounting standards as well as advising on, and sometimes preparing, their financial statements.  Glynnis was part of the committee in South Africa that set and marked the final qualifying exam for chartered accountants and enjoys training and mentoring newly qualified accountants. Glynnis brings a wealth of practical experience and knowledge on accounting, auditing, risk and governance issues.

Jonathan Holden

Jonathan is a Partner and National Head of Education at Forbes Solicitors and is recognised nationally as an expert in advising Schools and Educational establishments on Employment law issues including being one of few experts on the Local Government Pension Scheme. He is the author of the leading textbook “A Practical Guide to Advising Schools on Employment Law” and is an experienced Tribunal advocate, and regularly appears in Employment Tribunals throughout the country. He commonly deals with complicated discrimination and whistle-blowing cases. In addition, he is experienced in dealing with both the non-contentious and contentious implications of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations and advises clients on these issues both internally, and at Tribunal if necessary. He regularly provides internal advice to clients on issues of various complexities, including large-scale restructures, job evaluation and equal pay issues. Jonathan was named in the Legal 500 directory for being “entrepreneurial and commercially aware”.  He also sits as a Trustee on the Board of St Catherine’s Hospice.

With the exception of the Chief Executive, all Directors are appointed on a voluntary basis.

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