Paul Johnson - Trust Member, Educational Expert, University of Cumbria
I began my teaching career in a junior school in Leyland, Lancashire in 1982. Over the following 28 years I was class teacher to classes of children across the whole primary school range from year R to year 6. In addition to my class teaching role, I had responsibility for a number of curriculum areas and became a deputy head teacher and then in 1997, a primary Head teacher in Hampshire. In this role for 13 years, my effectiveness led to me being asked to lead and develop adult training for teachers, managers and head teachers focusing particularly on my school’s innovative approaches to learning. I became a National College of School Leadership associate leader and as well as undertaking training in this role, I also did so on behalf of Hampshire County and for private consultancy groups. In 2010, I took my adult training expertise to Southampton University where I became Associate Programme Leader and Partnership manager for the PGCE Primary teaching degree there. In 2012, I moved to the University of Cumbria, where I have worked since. I began as a senior lecturer on the PGCE Primary ITT programme but my expertise has led me to take on the role of University Programme Leader for a number of Schools Direct Alliances, including Tor View. I have found working with Tor View particularly exciting as, whilst a head teacher, I was involved in developing Hampshire’s specialist provision for deaf children. The inclusion of children with profound special needs has always been a passion for me, and my involvement in the new View Multi Academy Trust will provide a new avenue for this.
Pete Sweetmore - Trust Member
My background was originally in Nursing and then as Managing Director of a Social Alarms Company. I have also spent many years working in, and for, the Voluntary & Community Sector. I have previously been a School Governor for 32 years, including undertaking the role of Chair at 3 different schools. In January 2017 I retired as a Governor to assume the role of Chair of Trustees for The View Trust and am now delighted to have more latterly taken up a role as a Board Member for The Sea View Trust.
I have connections within the education sector; my daughter is a Primary Department teacher in one of the Trust schools and both my daughter-in-law and son-in-law work as Teaching Assistants. I am proud to be associated with The Sea View Trust and to play a small part in its development, supporting it on the journey to become the successful Academy Trust that it is today.
Suzanne Meacham - Member
I have worked as a teacher for 33 years specialising in Early Years. Having graduated in psychology and criminology I completed a post graduate certificate in education and returned home to Blackpool where I taught at a large primary school, eventually becoming the Foundation Stage manager. I have also been an associate tutor with Lancaster university and was responsible for mentoring students in school.
I have a passion for interiors with a particular interest in Mid Century furniture. I enjoy football and travel and have combined the two when watching matches in Sweden, Germany and Argentina. I have visited several South American countries and have particularly enjoyed the wine regions of Argentina and Chile.
Sarah Threlfall - Member
Clare Mulderrig - Chair of Trust, Finance Director
Having my son at this Outstanding Community School has enhanced his life in all aspects of his childhood and education. It has been a pleasure to give something back to school as a Co-opted Governor for the past seven years and latterly as a Trustee for The View Trust. I regularly see first hand how the Tor View Community continues to grow and what it now encompasses for our children. 3 of my other 4 children have been inspired to work at the school over the years and have become dedicated advocates for SEND in Rossendale and further afield. My previous background was in nursing, midwifery and NICU. Nowadays I work as the Office Manager, which is also part of being a Company Director, at Mulderrigs Solicitors in Rawtenstall. Here I host Tor View Further Education students on work experience programmes every week. I also support SEND families as Chairperson and Coordinator at Rossendale Rays, a fully inclusive family swim club at Marl Pits in Rossendale. As a parent, our SEND children are the most important part of our lives. I hope to always bear this in mind whilst serving as a Trustee and, as such, this will be my focus as Chair of The View Trust.
Dave Wallbank - Trustee (Vice Chair)
I am a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and am currently the Managing Director of a multi-disciplinary Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy. Following my graduation from the University of Leeds in 1988, I have over 30 years’ experience as a project manager and team leader for a wide range of projects both in the UK and overseas. I have greatly enjoyed my time as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Ambassador and am now wholeheartedly committed to my involvement with the Sea View Trust. It has been an exciting period of growth for our Trust and I am looking forward, in my role as Vice Chair of Trustees, to supporting all the schools and the College as they seek to provide the best possible opportunities for our pupils and students.
Janice Payne - Trustee
I was born and brought up in Rossendale and live in Crawshawbooth with my family. When time allows I love to walk across our beautiful countryside. I work part time at a local primary school and for my real job, I look after my family and manage all the joys and difficulties that a parent with a child with autism faces. My role as Trustee enables me to take an active role within the Trust and I look forward to contributing to its future successes. I have connection with the school through attending children and I have previously served on Tor View School’s Governing Body as both a Parent Governor and as the Chair.
Emma Taylor - Trustee
I am the proud mother of three boys including one at High School and a set of twins who attend Primary School. One of my twins attends Tor View. I am very proud to be a Trustee and to have previously served as a Parent Governor of Tor View School as I wanted to offer my support and assistance to this fantastic school wherever possible. I feel we are very lucky to have such specialist staff in our local area. I would like use my experience to be a support to both staff and parents. As well as being a parent to a child with special needs, I also I work at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar school where I teach Law. I have been in teaching for around 8 years, prior to which I was a solicitor. In my spare time I volunteer at a local youth group and organise events at my local church. As stated, I have connections with the school through attending children.
Lidia Cattrell - Trustee
I am currently the Headteacher at Crosshill School which is a secondary 11 to 19 special school co-located with BCHS, a mainstream secondary school within Blackburn. I have worked for most of my career in the field of Special Education, specialising in inclusion and successful collaboration with stakeholders to ensure the child is at the heart of all decisions made. I have a wide range of local, national and international experience and perspective in the field of SEN across all phases within mainstream and specialist provisions, championing that school to school support and working together is the key to successful SEND provision at all levels. I have a particular interest in the education of children with social, emotional mental health and the strategic movement towards the improvement of provision for these learners, most recently leading on the opening of a new free school for 10 to 16 year olds with Social, Emotional Mental Health within Blackpool, called the Lotus School.
Celia Davies - Trustee
I currently work as a school improvement advisor for Lancashire following extensive experience in the primary education sector with a career spanning 40 years including a highly successful Headship. Currently I provide support and advice to a number of primary schools in Lancashire and in Blackpool Authorities and I am also the strategic lead for the Ethnic Minority / Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service in Lancashire.
Prior to joining the advisory service I was the Headteacher of a larger than average primary school in East Preston with unusually high levels of social and economic deprivation. The school became one of the first schools in the country to have “extended schools” status and was well known for its innovative practice. Although my last Ofsted inspection was some years ago, my leadership was judged to be outstanding.
I have been associated with Tor View School for many years working closely with the current Executive Principal and Principal on a number of projects and initiatives. I am highly regarded within Lancashire and within the primary school sector in particular and I continue to have a passion for education and particularly for working in strong partnerships for the benefit of all children and young people.