Board of Directors

Desmond Callaghan, Chair

Des has been the Headteacher of St. Bede’s RC High School since 2008. St Bede’s is a successful and oversubscribed 11-16 high school in the west of Blackburn. The school was judged ‘good’ in its last Ofsted and consistently achieves outcomes for its students which are significantly above the national average. He has played a key leadership role in Blackburn and Darwen having been the Chair of the Education Improvement Partnership (EIP) and a member of the Local Strategic Partnership Board which develops links between schools and business. Des has provided leadership support for other local schools as an executive headteacher. He a mentor for future leaders through the NPQH programme and the Diocese of Salford. He also has experience of management consultancy within the private sector.

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 Alternative Provision Free School and Eden School. She led the academy conversion for Coal Clough Academy, Burnley and Pleckgate High School, Blackburn. 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 is Vice Chair of the governing body for St. Barnabas & St. Pauls’ CE Primary School. Sharon worked as Strategic Manager (Operations) for CXL and Area Manager for Connexions Lancashire Ltd. She graduated as MBA in 2011 from Lancaster University.

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.

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 Brown

Ian represents the third generation in the family business at Graham & Brown, and is responsible for Logistics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Since joining the business in 1984, Ian has developed a strong environmental strategy and 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 style. More recently Ian has managed logistical operations, and in 2012 was North West Director of the Year. In collaboration with Business in the Community he has facilitated the creation of partnerships between many local schools and companies in the area – utilising the business community to enrich the education system. In 2012 he was awarded the Institute of Directors Director of the Year for the North West and is a director of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire.

Harry Catherall

Harry is Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council. An accountant by profession, his career in local government spans more than 30 years. Starting at Tameside Council, he joined the Audit Commission before moving to Stockport as a head of service. He joined Blackburn with Darwen Council in 1997, most recently serving as deputy chief executive delivering health integration, including a pioneering free leisure initiative and its Building Schools for the Future programme. He oversaw the Council’s transformation and downsizing programme, responding creatively to a £40m reduction in funding. His vision is to progress high impact issues for residents: income, health, jobs, and infrastructure. He chairs the Pennine Lancashire Chief Executive Group which provides a forum for joined up Health and Council initiatives.

Julie Hughes

Julie has worked in the education sector for over 30 years, predominantly in Further Education. Currently Head of Quality at Knowsley Community College, she has extensive teaching and senior management experience at several Grade 1 colleges, including Blackburn, and a track record of success in leading quality improvement, and outstanding teaching and learning. Julie was National Policy Lead: 14-19 Workforce Strategy with the Training & Development Agency for Schools (TDA) and also led on other policy areas within the Department for Education including National Scholarship Funds for Teachers, vocational learning and quality assurance of Teaching Schools.  She subsequently led teams of Ofsted inspectors in carrying out support and improvement programmes for Colleges and schools. Her very wide-ranging experience also includes curriculum leadership, schools’ liaison, marketing, careers guidance and Ofsted inspection.

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.


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

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