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 members here.

View the Structure Of The Trust Board & LABs And Associated Information here.

The Petteril Bank 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 Leanne Coats, Clerk to the LAB, at or telephone 016977 45300.

Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:

Type of member Number Term of office Elected by who
Chief Executive 1 Indefinite N/A – by appointment as Chief Executive
Headteacher 1 Indefinite Appointment as Headteacher by Chief Executive/Trust Board
Sponsor Board member (including Chair and Vice Chair) Max 7 4 years By the Cumbria Education Trust Board resolution
Parent Board member 2 3 years Seconded parent volunteer -applications to be considered by Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors.*

*If there are more than 2 applications, an election will take place with all parents eligible to vote

Staff Board member 1 3 years Staff election**

** If only one member of staff is nominated they are automatically elected

Lee Garner, Chair

Lee was born and raised in Leeds, West Yorkshire but with strong ancestral links to West Cumbria and a love of the county’s coastal region, he now considers it home. Lee has significant experience as a Police Officer and joined the British Transport Police in 2009, where for almost 9 years he worked in various departments and roles: communications division, uniform patrol, neighbourhood policing and criminal investigations. In 2018, Lee made a career change and became a pastoral leader and staff Governor at Leeds East Academy in Yorkshire.

During his time at Leeds East Academy, Lee supported some of the most vulnerable young people and their families and was instrumental in the academy securing a Good judgement from Ofsted. In 2019, following a promotion to Associate Assistant Principal, Lee became a Senior Leader within the White Rose Academies Trust School Improvement Team where he was strategically responsible for inclusive provision, quality improvement, and safeguarding across three secondary schools, a primary school and a pupil referral unit. Lee is passionate about improving the life chances of disadvantaged children and young people and in 2020, he founded the Leeds Alternative Provision Association (LAPA) which received praise from The British Psychological Society following work to support schools to reintegrate vulnerable young people after the COVID-19 pandemic. LAPA, led by Lee as Chair of their Board, went on to collaborate with IntegratED and the Centre for Social Justice – two organisations committed to reducing preventable school exclusions – to publish the AP Quality Benchmark Toolkit. Lee and the LAPA organisation were credited in the final publication.

In 2022, Lee established his own education consultancy company, specialising in school improvement in alternative provision/pupil referral unit sector. He also returned to work within the police service and is currently working across several central departments at Police Headquarters, Penrith, including the Crime and Intelligence Command.

Lorrayne Hughes – Chief Executive

Lorrayne is the Chief Executive 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.

Jemma Nicholson – Executive Headteacher at Longtown Primary School and Petteril Bank School

Jemma has always had a passion for education and has over 16 years’ experience working in Cumbrian schools. Her ambition is to ensure that children love school as much as she does, and she enjoys nothing more than thinking of creative and memorable ways to achieve this.
Following her first successful headship, where she received one of the first ‘excellent’ graded SIAMS inspections on the new framework, she has joined the CET leadership team to take on the role of headteacher at Longtown Primary school.
Working with the local community and pupils’ hand in hand is especially important to Jemma, who believes that school is an extension of family and should be a safe, happy and aspirational place to be. She very much looks forward to maintaining Longtown’s high standards following their first ‘Good’ Ofsted, ensuring it flourishes further.
When not in school Jemma can usually be found having fun with family and friends, growing things in her garden or relaxing with a good book!

Sue Newstead – Interim Lead Director

Chris Fairclough, LAB member

Chris was born in Whitehaven but was educated and has lived almost all his life in Carlisle where he attended Newtown Primary School in the 1990s and Trinity School in the 2000s.

Chris has worked in the nuclear industry as a Technical Support Engineer at Sellafield Ltd for 8 years working on complex decommissioning and reprocessing projects and is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with the Society of Operations Engineers and the Institute for Plant Engineers.

For the past 8 years, Chris has worked in the Further Education Sector and is currently the Curriculum Operations Leader for Higher Engineering, Science and Nuclear at Lakes College West Cumbria and the National College for Nuclear. In this role as Head of Department, he is accountable for the delivery of the new T Level qualifications in Engineering and Science, as well as a suite of Engineering and Science Degrees covering Chemistry, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Nuclear Decommissioning. He holds degree-level qualifications in Nuclear and also holds a PGCE qualification.

Lakes College have recently won the Queens Anniversary Prize for HE and FE for the innovation in curriculum design and operations within the Higher Engineering, Science and Nuclear Department.

Chris is a passionate professional who believes in the development of the next generation and specialises in Curriculum design, development and operations.

He champions the use of Experiential Learning as a pedagogy at all levels of education and this can be seen through the work he has completed on national projects with the Association of Colleges and through being awarded a Technical Teachers Fellowship in 2021 for his work in this area. This now means that he is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training and is now an Alumni of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his son, attending Carlisle United matches and watching Rugby Union.

Anne Ferguson, LAB member

Anne’s teaching career has spanned across the whole of the UK, including the first 16 years of her career in the West Midlands – teaching in both inner city Birmingham and in the wider Warwickshire area.

Anne then went on to fulfil senior teaching roles in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Anne took up a post with the University of Glasgow (Dumfries campus) and diverged into Initial Teacher Education. She was the Programme Director for a degree in Primary Education until her retirement a few years ago.

Before, during and since the pandemic, Anne has been an Education Panel Member for the General Teaching Council for Scotland and has enjoyed supervising the accreditation of new degrees and the professional development of teachers.

She hopes to be able to put all of this experience to good use in working as a LAB member of Petteril Bank School.

Carla Taylor, Staff LAB member

Carla was born and raised in Manchester. After completing her degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, she started her career in a Private School in Rochdale, Manchester. Over the next twenty years she has taught in a variety of schools around Manchester and Lancashire specifically teaching Early Years and Key Stage One. Five years ago, she relocated to Cumbria due to her husband’s job in retail.

Carla joined the trust in September 2020 when she was employed as the Early Years Leader at Petteril Bank School. Carla has a real passion for Early Years Education and making sure that all children no matter their background are introduced to an exciting, engaging curriculum. She strives to develop children’s confidence, independence and a love for learning which she believes are the building blocks in which the rest of their education can be built on.

In her spare time Carla enjoys reading, making resources for her classroom and walking with her husband and her two pug dogs Bella and Bertie.

Sue McDonald, Parent LAB member and Safeguarding Lead

Sue has lived in Cumbria all her life and was educated in both Kendal and Carlisle. After spending 11 years working in the NHS, she became a mum & housewife, caring for her children. For the past 25 years, Sue has worked full-time for Macmillan Cancer Support as its Relationship fundraising manager in Cumbria and absolutely loves her job.

When Sue’s children were young, she became chair of a local playschool and always took a keen interest in their education, development and well-being. Sue has also been a school governor for around 10 years & was instrumental in setting up a successful “Friends of the School” group.

Pre Covid19, Sue has volunteered at Petteril Bank School whenever possible, helping with reading in EYFS, school trips and other class activities.
In her spare time, she loves making memories with her family – especially her four grandchildren, walking the dog and travelling.

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

  • Jacqueline Cashman – resigned 16/01/2024

LAB Meeting Minutes and other information