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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Eileen Mulgrew is a former Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector (SHMI) with extensive experience of leading maintained schools and academies, initial teacher education and independent school inspections. Eileen led training for Her Majesty’s Inspectors and contracted Ofsted inspectors. She assured the quality of inspections via on-site visits and conducted the quality assurance of reports prior to publication. She was the lead SHMI for independent school inspections and the summary evaluations of multi academy trusts in the North West. Eileen is a qualified teacher with considerable experience as a headteacher and in supporting schools causing concern. She holds NPQH and completed postgraduate studies in language across the curriculum and advanced study in education. She has assessed schools for Basic Skills Quality Mark and assessed candidates for the NPQH. Her particular areas of expertise include leadership and management (particularly governance), personal development, behaviour and bullying.
Benjamin Posthuma De Boer
Ben is a Chartered Certified Accountant. He has worked in public practice as an auditor and accountant for over twenty years with experience of various industries including the not-for-profit sector and academies.
With the exception of the Chief Executive, all Directors are appointed on a voluntary basis.
- Mufti Hamid Patel CBE
- Julie Hughes
- Andrea Hepplestone