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After being invited to become interim head at Water Hall Primary (a failing school on a challenging estate), he became substantive head and led the school to be rated as Outstanding in all areas by OFSTED in March 2013.
Tony is now CEO of The Lakes Academies Trust, of which Water Hall Primary is the lead school.
Tony is a past president of the National Association of Head Teachers, a member of the NAHT Assessment review group, Commission on assessment and a past chair of the assessment and accountability commission. He is a member of the Health Service England Expert Reference Group – Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Competency Framework. He is also an Education Adviser for the Regional Schools Commissioner. Tony has also worked closely with Ministers and The Department for Education and successfully supported other schools. He is a trained Spiral Dynamics Coach.
Tony is a former professional football coach, he is a supporter of Huddersfield Town F.C and Huddersfield Giants R.L.
Karen is now Director of Education for The Lakes Academies Trust, of which Water Hall Primary is the lead school.
Karen is a trained Spiral Dynamics Coach and holds a diploma in Kaleidoscope Colour Therapy. She has worked closely with mental health professions to deliver the best outcomes for children in school. She has worked with cabinet ministers and the Department for Education and successfully supported other schools.
Karen is a former Fashion Designer, she practices mindfulness and yoga and backpacks to interesting places around the world whenever the opportunity arises.
Clerk to the Board
Carole joined Lakes Academies Trust in April 2017 as its Trust Governance Manager. She is responsible for all aspects of governance within the Trust, working closely with its trustees and local governors. She administers and clerks all Trust governance meetings.
Prior to joining the Trust, Carole worked within the Governor Services Department at Milton Keynes Borough Council. On behalf of the Council, she provided a clerking service to a number of governing boards across schools in Milton Keynes. She was formerly employed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, in the Education & Training Department. As Head of Training, she was responsible for the administration of students’ practical training and admission to membership. She provided secretariat support to the Institute’s Council Chamber, Education & Training Directorate, a range of specialist Committees and led a number of policy development working parties.
Carole graduated from Loughborough University with a 2:1 honours degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include gardening and walking her Old English Sheepdog.