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. She is a member of the Department for Education Alternative Provision Stakeholder group which advises government and shapes policy. 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. She has extensive governance experience having served as a governor on governing bodies for primary, secondary, alternative provision and special schools.

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.

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.

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.

Geoff Cowley

Geoff spent many years leading Sales and Marketing functions in the travel industry, and was for the 10 years to January 2020 CEO at Awaze UK, based in Earby, where his responsibilities covered brands such as Hoseasons, cottages.com and James Villa Holidays. He is passionate about the use of technology and data to improve effectiveness and efficiency, and was instrumental in the transition of the Earby business from a catalogue-and-telephone operation to an online leader in its sector. Now embarking on a portfolio career, he is keen to use his private sector experience to support the work of the Trust.

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



  • Mufti Hamid Patel CBE
  • Julie Hughes
  • Andrea Hepplestone

“We work together to support and encourage the school, share our thoughts and make the right decisions for our young people.”

Ian Kendrick, Director, EPT

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