Our Board

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 8 Directors on the Trust Board and 3 of those represent Trust schools. Learn more about our Directors below.

Jonathan Heath – Chair & Secondary Schools Representative

Jonathan has been Headteacher at John Spence Community High School since September 2018 and joined the Trust Board in September 2019, he became Chair in September 2020. Jonathan is committed to providing the very best quality of education for all so that every individual who leaves has the skills, attributes and qualifications needed to be successful in life. Jonathan is also fully committed to providing staff with a safe and enjoyable working environment where all are encouraged to develop through high quality support and training. Jonathan recognises the importance of partnerships and in previous roles has developed considerable business networks in order to provide young people with quality careers education and opportunities.


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.


Laura Baggett – Primary Schools Representative

Laura Baggett is Headteacher at Monkhouse Primary School and was appointed Primary Director on the Trust Board in October 2017. Monkhouse is a school that is committed to real life and global learning opportunities that ignite pupil’s passions so they can achieve highly. As a school, staff are active learners, researching and trialling new and innovative ways to teach and learn; redefining education and preparing children for the world of tomorrow. Laura is also the chair of the Great North Maths Hub Strategic Board.

Stephane Bommel – Primary Schools Representative

Update due soon.

John Lines – Special Schools Representative

John Lines is Headteacher at Southlands Special School and was appointed Special Schools Director on the Trust Board in September 2019. Southlands is a school that is committed to empowering secondary age students whose learning difficulties mean they can’t access a typical mainstream high school offer. The aim is to prepare as many of our students as possible to access mainstream opportunities on leaving year eleven. Southlands is the lead hub of the Moving On project, which facilitates an array of vocational experiences for students. John is a member of the North Tyneside Home to School Transport group and also the Tyne and Wear School Sports body. John has a long standing background in the fields of autism and challenging behaviour.

Paul Johnson – Secondary Schools Representative

Update due soon.


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.


Richard Carmichael – Employer Partners Representative

Richard Carmichael is a graduate from Newcastle University with over 15 years-experience of working in, and for, the public sector.  In the last 10 years Richard has held senior positions in large multinational services businesses, developing and delivering contracts in outsourced public sector environments.  Richard has extensive experience in contract (re)negotiation, development of public/private partnership delivery vehicles, in-life contract management, problem solving and delivery of new opportunities, honed through strong client focus, proportionate risk management and an analytical approach.

Richard currently works as an Account Director for Engie, a leading energy and services group employing 17,000 people in the UK, across three main activities: Energy, Services & Regeneration.


Alex Giles – Chair of Governors Representative

As the Managing Director of a successful advertising agency for 17 years Alex brings to NTLT a wealth of experience within PR, Marketing and Branding. Currently working within marketing in education Alex also shares his passion for working, at an executive level, on a voluntary basis to ensure that children and adults from the North East of England are given as much support, assistance and development as possible. In his free time, Alex runs Friends of High Borrans, is Chair of Governors at Wellfield Middle School and is a National Level 3 Athletics Coach at Gateshead Harriers.

Peter Earley – Local Authority Representative

Peter Earley is an elected member of North Tyneside Council and has served as a councillor for Benton ward for over four years. He is the North Tyneside Council cabinet member for Children, Young People and Learning and as such has responsibility for Children, Young People and Learning, safeguarding and employment and skills in the borough.

In his professional life Peter works as an HR consultant working with and providing HR advice to third sector organisations and SMEs in the North East.


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