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 a company which supports schools across the north of England with compliance, repair, capital work and decarbonisation planning. He holds several national roles including being the Treasurer of The National Society. He is a former Chair of Directors of the University of Cumbria. He is governor of a local community primary school. Peter has extensive experience of a many aspects of the educational and commercial sectors.

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.


Mrs Dawn Cheetham

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


Mr Michael Dudfield

Mr Dudfield is a solicitor and retired local government director having worked for many years 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.


Mr Christopher Hopkinson

Mr Hopkinson is a Town Councillor in Kirkham, Lancashire and Head of Protection Sales, for Sentinel Corporate Risk in Preston. He has spent the last 34 years working within Banks and Insurance Companies, the last 20 years in Senior Director roles for Legal & General, LV and Aegon UK and brings a wealth of knowledge and commercial experience, from working in this highly regulated environment.

He has been responsible for Distribution, including national teams of over 150 staff members, Key Account Management, Project Management, commercial negotiations and ongoing relationships with various software providers, Product Development, Distribution Risk and Governance, Third Party Reinsurer relationships and has been involved with many Financial Services external bodies and Trade Associations.

Mrs Sally Kenyon

Mrs Kenyon is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bay Learning Trust.