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:

Andrew West – Chair

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.

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.

Richard Berry – Lead Director

Richard was born, brought up and went to school in rural Oxfordshire before joining the British Army at 16 as a soldier, specialising in Payroll before qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant, specialising in project accounting and Business Case financial modelling.

Following a successful 30-year career in the Forces, serving all over Europe and beyond, he and his wife Janet moved to Cumbria from the North East, where they still live.
Since retiring from the Army, Richard worked for an international IT company as the European Middle East & Africa Lean Transformation Finance lead for over 3 years before taking the plunge and setting up his own company some 7 years ago.

This has enabled him to gain experience contracting for various industries from perfume distributors to cruise ships to energy providers to Central Government departments. His current contract is working in the nuclear industry involved with transformation and benefits realisation.

Richard is a volunteer for the Alston Moor Business Association, where he is currently deputy chair. The aim of AMBA is to promote Alston Moor and its surrounding areas on business & tourism related matters to attract visitors as well as strengthening & improving the local economy.

Richard & Janet have two grown up sons, who both live in the Northeast with their partners, and a Grandson.

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

Stuart Scott, Parent LAB member (subject to DBS clearance)

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.

Wendy Burnie – Staff LAB member (Safeguarding lead)

Wendy has worked with CET since its inception and over that time she has seen the Trust grow and forge strong collaborative links with the other schools within CET.

Wendy currently works at Hensingham as the learning support team leader and assistant to SENCO having undertaken  similar roles in other Trust schools.

Along with the SLT of Hensingham and other Trust members Wendy believes passionately in inclusion for all and the values and ethos the Trust promotes.

Wendy looks forward to being an active part of Hensingham LAB creating links with parents and seeing the school become a strong and active part of the local community.

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

  • Neil Crewdson – 22/11/21
  • Ross Cleeton – 17/03/22