The Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors delegate to the Local Advisory Board (LAB) members its responsibility and powers as the Governing Body of the school. These responsibilities are discharged by the LAB members in accordance with its constitution, any Cumbria Education Trust Policies and advice from the Department for Education (DFE) and Ofsted.

View the Trust Board membership here:

The Hensingham Primary School LAB is crucial to helping the school to raise standards.

Some of the roles of the LAB are to:

  • provide the information required by the Trust and not to withhold any information which the Trust reasonably requires;
  • refer certain decisions to the Trust for approval as set out in the Scheme of Delegation;
  • report to the Trust Board Directors on the outcomes and progress within a one-week period of each meeting;
  • act in accordance with the LAB Protocols.

If you have any queries for the LAB or would like to contact the Chair, please email Emma Graham (Clerk to the LAB): or telephone: 016977 45300.

Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:

Neil Crewdson – Interim Chair of Local Advisory Board / Lead Director

Neil has nearly 20 years project management experience delivering in high hazard environments.

Neil is Head of Project Management and Functions for Sellafield ltd covering the full project professions. He is responsible for over 1500 project professionals across, project management, project controls, risk, estimating, construction, commissioning & pre operations and the Sellafield project academy. Ensuring Sellafield has the right people, in the right place at the right time.

He has previously won the APM young project manager of the year, and two APM HSSE awards for projects he was leading.

Lorrayne Hughes – CEO

Lorrayne is the Chief Executive Officer of Cumbria Education Trust, the county’s largest multi-academy school trust.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Brampton in 2007 and in 2014 was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.

She has led CET since inception to its current position where it is responsible for the education of more than 4,000 children across three secondary schools, eight primaries and West Coast Sixth Form.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all young people deserve a high-quality education. Children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision-making.
All schools work closely together following Lorrayne’s lead that collaboration can make a difference to all involved, from pupils and students to staff and their communities.

Lorrayne is a board member of the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector body for school trusts.

Faye Eldon – Headteacher, Hensingham Primary School

Faye has had the privilege of working with many children in West Cumbrian Schools for the past 14 years. During this time, she gained extensive experience as a classroom teacher, progressing to Assistant Head, Acting Head and now the Headteacher of Hensingham Primary School. She has a passion for maths and has been a Primary Mastery Specialist and worked for the North North West Maths Hub. She is now a Professional Development Lead for the NCETM, and has worked with many schools in the area.

As a former pupil at Hensingham Infant and Junior Schools she understand the needs and strengths of the community and feels very fortunate to be able to lead the next generation of lifelong learners.

Nigel Youngman, Headteacher, The Whitehaven Academy

Nigel grew up in King’s Lynn and spent his school days in the west of the county. He went on to Bristol University to read English and French Literature and then chose to spend time teaching in Pakistan. He returned to the UK to complete his PGCE at Nottingham University before teaching in Birmingham and Bristol.


A Head of English department role saw Nigel returning to his Norfolk roots, where he spent 7 years at Thorpe St Andrew High School. He then moved to be Deputy Headteacher at Alderman Peel High School before becoming Vice Principal at City Academy Norwich. He became Headteacher at Beccles Free School from the Open Academy where he was Director of Sixth Form and Director of Strategic ICT. Nigel now joins Cumbria Education Trust as the Headteacher of The Whitehaven Academy.


Nigel is married and has two children; and the whole family are very much relishing the opportunity of living and working in the Western Lakes.

Stan Sanczuk – LAB member

Stan has had many years’ experience on the previous Hensingham Governing board.  He is retired from work where he worked at Copeland Borough Council in Grounds, Open Spaces and Horticulture for many years.

He looks forward to the next stage of Hensingham School’s journey on school improvement.

Paul Smith – LAB member

Alana Mackinnon – LAB member

Alana Mackinnon has over 20 year’s experience in Business Management in both private and public sector.  Whilst Alana’s background is not in education she is hoping to bring her experience and skill to support Hensingham Primary school in giving its children the best possible environment to learn and grow through education.

Alana lives in Whitehaven with her partner and son who attended Hensingham Primary school and had many happy years there, before moving to Secondary school in 2018.

Ross Cleeton – Parent LAB member

Ross is a professionally qualified Civil Engineer who has lived and worked in Canada, New Zealand, France and Poland as well as the UK on a wide range of projects. He has a strong interest in promoting STEM subjects and activities in schools to all age groups. Ross has been involved in voluntary youth work for 20 years and is currently a Beaver Scout Leader (for children aged 6 -8) for 1st Hensingham Scout Group.

Ross has lived in Whitehaven since 2007 with his wife and two children. His daughter attended Hensingham Primary, before moving to Secondary School, and his son is currently in Year 4.

Andrew West – LAB member

A Chartered Building Surveyor with over 34 years experience working in the construction industry for private professional practices in both London and Cumbria. Now heading up a long and well-established Cumbrian firm of Chartered Architects and Chartered Surveyors, who provide professional services on a wide range of building and construction related projects across the County, for both public and private sector clients.

Wendy Burnie – Staff LAB member

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

Abbie Johnsen – 24/11/2020
Faye Watson – 28/09/2021