North Tyneside Learning Trust is a registered charity (1143299) and company limited by guarantee (07353837) established in 2010.
The Trust is led by a Board of Directors. The Board meets at least six times a year and is responsible for overall governance, setting strategic direction and monitoring performance. There are 9 Directors on the Trust Board and 5 of those represent Trust schools. Learn more about our Directors below.
David Baldwin - Chair & Schools' Representative
Emma Overton - Primary Schools' Representative
Emma Overton is Headteacher of Stephenson Memorial Primary School in Wallsend, which is a large Primary with over 400 children aged 3-11 yrs. Emma joined North Tyneside in 2009 as Deputy Head Teacher, moving into Headship within her first year in post. Stephenson Memorial is an innovative school which is successfully embracing ’21st Century Learning’. The school’s vision is one of collaboration at every level, which is a shared vision of North Tyneside Learning Trust.
Peter Gannon - Special Schools' Representative
Peter Gannon is Headteacher of Silverdale School in Wallsend, which is a Special school that deals with children who have issues with social, emotional or mental health. There are currently 63 children aged 7-16 years in the school and an additional 36 children in the Silverdale Arp. Peter joined North Tyneside in 2008 as Headteacher and had previously worked in Sunderland for 12 years with children who had behaviour problems. Silverdale School believes that positivity and praise are the key to improving behaviour and this holistic approach as seen the school judged as Outstanding for Behaviour and Safety.
Peter Latham - Chair of Governors Representative
Peter has been a Governor at George Stephenson HS for 15 years and is currently Chair. Peter did his BA and BPhil at Oxford University. He taught English in France for 4 years including 2 years at Dijon University. He then worked at Newcastle College as Head of Languages and Senior Tutor. He was a member of NATFHE National Executive and Chair of staffside in national negotiations. He was elected to represent college staff on The Governors. Since retirement, he has been a North Tyneside Councillor, and has taken active roles in the voluntary sector-eg Secretary of Newcastle Alliance Francaise.
Jane Delany - Vice-Chair & Higher/Further Education Partners' Representative
Dr Jane Delany is the HE/FE representative on the Board. A Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology, she joined Newcastle University in 2000. Her research interests include understanding dynamics of plankton populations, ballast water management and larval recruitment of intertidal species. She is also passionate about public engagement in science, and heads up an Outreach team at the Dove Marine Laboratory. The group provide innovative learning opportunities for school pupils of all ages, and explore ways in which members of the public can be involved in scientific data collection. As Admissions Tutor for the 3 marine science degrees, she has a keen interest in third level recruitment issues.
David Hodgson - Employer Partners' Representative
David Hodgson is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle with a 36 year career in the Fine Chemical Industry. Throughout his career he has been based on the site currently operated by Sterling Pharma Solutions at Dudley in Northumberland. David’s experience includes process engineering, design, project engineering and operations management. For the past 28 years he has specialised in Health, Safety and Environment management. He has worked in USA, South American, East Africa and mainland Europe. David is Director of Regulatory Compliance and a member of the Shasun Pharma Solutions Management team. He is also a member of the CIA UK Strategy Board and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Tracy Crowder - Senior Schools' Representative
Tracy Crowder was appointed Executive Headteacher at Monkseaton High School in September 2013 following 18 months as Head of School. Prior to this Tracy worked as a Deputy and also as an Assistant Headteacher with two very different schools. Tracy has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education(PGCE) and more recently gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Tracy is a National Leader of Education and is currently providing school improvement support to Monkseaton Middle School.
Ian Grayson - Local Authority's Representative
Cllr Ian Grayson represents the Monkseaton South Ward on North Tyneside Council. He is the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learning and a teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching in Newcastle upon Tyne. Ian is also a National Executive Member of the National Union of Teachers.