Directors

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 Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. Canon Ballard is also 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.


Mr Paul Boustead





Mr Boustead is the Executive Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development at Lancaster University. He has over 17 years experience in HR and OD in the UK, which has included Local Government, Local Education Authorities/Children and Young People Services, the National Health Service and Higher Education Institutions. He is a Fellow of the CIPD and a public governor on a Trust Board of a large acute hospital in the North West. During his career he has led a number of large-scale change programmes, including the merger of three UK Higher Educational Institutions to create a single university. He has also led the restructuring and transformation of HR Directorates in three very different organisations. Paul oversees People Strategy, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, Educational Development, Organisational and Staff Development, HR, Payroll and Pensions.  Paul is also the elected Chair of Universities Human Resources (UHR) and sits on a number of national groups/committees including the national pay negotiation board for the sector.


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 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 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. 



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