Board of Directors

Professor John Crewdson

Professor John Crewdson is Chair of the Board of Directors. Professor Crewdson has a lifetime of experience in secondary and higher education and was Chair of Governors at Ripley from 2003 to 2018. He is also a National Leader of Governance and has supported governors in a number of local primary and secondary schools.

Revd Canon Peter Ballard

Canon Ballard is the Chief Executive of DBE Services, the Deputy Chair of Lancashire Care NHS Trust and the Treasurer of The National Society. He is the former Chair of Directors of the University of Cumbria. Peter has extensive experience of a number of educational and commercial sectors.

Mrs Dawn Cheetham

Mrs Cheetham is the Managing Director of Commercial Kitchen Services Ltd. She is the President of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and is a Parent Governor at Ripley St Thomas.

Mr  Michael Dudfield

Mr Dudfield is a part-time local government consultant engaged by various authorities having had 35 years experience within local government, ultimately as Lancaster City Council's Director of Legal and Admin Services which also included HR and estate management functions.   He is currently the Chair of Governors at Carnforth High School

Mrs Nicky Gomersall

Mrs Gomersall is the Headteacher of a large Primary School in Heysham and was formerly Head of a Primary school in Preston. Nicky is a National Leader of Education and has considerable experience working with primary schools and their Governing Bodies in challenging situations.

Mrs Liz Nicholls

Mrs Liz Nicholls is the CEO of the Trust. Mrs Nicholls has been head of 2 schools in Lancashire, most recently Principal of Ripley. She is a National Leader of Education and has supported a number of schools in challenging circumstances.

Mrs Jane Watson

Mrs Watson is the Managing Director of Althams Ships’ Stores and Off-shore Supplies, a large international company based in Heysham. She is also the Vice-Chair of Governors of a local primary school.

Mr Robert Webb

Mr Webb is the Managing Director of the John Hogg Group. He is Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Lancashire and currently High Sherriff of Lancashire. Until recently he was the Chair of Cancer Care, North Lancashire and South Lakeland.

Mrs Valerie Wilson

Mrs Wilson is a Borough Councillor and member of the Borough Audit and Employment Appeals Committees. She is currently a Governor at Ripley St Thomas and has a range of experience as a Governor both at Primary and Secondary level.

Mr Ben Ardern

Mr Ardern is currently Finance Director at a local SME Manufacturing business and is a

fully certified CIMA Management Accountant with over 20 years experience in Finance.

He has held senior positions in multinational companies and brings extensive regulatory

and strategic experience to the Trust.