Our Board

Board of Directors

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 10 Directors on the Trust Board and 5 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 Co-investigator on the national NERC funded Engaging Environments project, that seeks to make environmental research equitable and accessible to all; she is currently exploring ways of working with coastal communities in the region to make environmental research inclusive using co-enquiry citizen science approaches. She has worked with schools in the region for two decades championing opportunities for STEM engagement. 


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

Stephane is the Headteacher at Hazlewood Community Primary School in Wideopen and appointed Primary Director on the Trust Board in July 2021. Stephane is passionate about children’s education. At the heart of our school, all individuals have opportunities to thrive in their own unique ways. By igniting passion and embracing difference, we can unlock limitless potential for all in our community. Through nurturing and trust, we can open the door to exciting new adventures, challenges and experiences to spark dreams for every child.

Stephane has a passion for musical theatre. Stephane has produced and directed many musical theatre shows in the North East of England, as well as conducting choirs at The Sage Gateshead.

Stephane is delighted to be part of an inspiring and dedicated team of individuals at the Trust.

Gill Wilson – Special Schools Representative

Update due soon

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.

Margie Burdis – Employer Partners Representative

Margie Burdis looks after the two largest Capita contracts in the north east: NHS Business Services Authority and North Tyneside Council. Margie is a 30% Club mentor and a member of The Girls Network, which works with schools to match 14- to 19-year-old girls with strong female professionals to act as mentors.

She returned to work in the north east after several years working away. She lives in Durham and has two grown-up children. Her background is working in and with the public sector. She has previously been Sales Director for Capita’s government services division. Before joining Capita, Margie was UK Sales Director for Sodexo’s healthcare business and prior to that was a Vice President at BT, leading the team that ran major bids across public sector businesses and heading BT’s central government business for a time. She was also Chief Executive Officer for BT’s partnership with South Tyneside Council for its first three years.

Margie started her career in local councils, training as a CIPFA accountant at South Tyneside and then working at Newcastle City Council for ten years before joining Agilisys where she worked in the public sector business for two years.


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.

North Tyneside Learning Trust is a registered charity (1143299) and company limited by guarantee (07353837) established in 2010.

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