Key Information

Trust Board & Committees

Harbour Learning Trust was set up as a non-profit charity in 2010 under the name Healing Multi Academy Trust. Over subsequent years the Trust has developed its support infrastructure as more academies have joined.

Trustee Recruitment and Appointment

The recruitment and appointment of Trustees is set out within the Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation. The term of office, number and types of trustees and specific role are all clearly defined.

Governance Information

Please view the relevant documents below:

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Anthony Beach
Position Member
Experience Served as a Governor for over sixteen years until Sept 2016, including the role of Chair of Governors for eleven years. Now serving as an independent member of the Trust.
Career Thirty two years in the chemical industry. Retired as Director of Project Engineering for a large multi-national chemical company. Significant expertise in health and safety. Since retirement lead the launch of the Humber Industry Nature Conservation Association and established the programme Advisory Group for the National Industrial Symbiosis programme.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 14/08/2014
Term Ends -
Appointed By Board
Graham Bratby
Position Member
Experience Currently Governor/Trustee of a "Hospital Academy Trust" for special needs learners and I am also a Trustee/Director of several National, Regional & Local Charities with over 30 years’ experience in Governance.
Career Director of an Independent Training College with over 40 years’ experience at Board level in the Construction, Retail, Hospitality, Property and Marketing Sectors, specialising in Corporate Services & HR.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 13/02/2020
Term Ends -
Appointed By Members
Jonathan Goolden
Position Member
Experience Formerly a governor of a maintained Church of England primary school and a governor of a selective academy (vice chair and chair of pupil discipline committee)
Career Solicitor, Partner and Head of Public Law with Wilkin Chapman LLP for six years. Independent Person to North East Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council for five years. Formerly Clerk to Lincolnshire Police Authority.
Pecuniary Interests Yes - Partner in legal practise providing Legal and HR services to the MAT
Start Date 04/12/2019
Term Ends -
Appointed By Members
Graham Walker
Position Member
Experience Served as a Governor / Director since July 2012, having undertaken various roles including Chair of Governors and Vice Chair of Finance, Health & Safety Committee. Previous Chair of the HMAT Board.
Career Finance Director for Eimskip UK Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Eimskipafelag Islands hf, an Icelandic shipping and logistics company. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 whilst working for KPMG in Sheffield.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 01/09/2018
Term Ends -
Appointed By Members
Debbie Peers
(Chair of Trust Board)
Position Trustee
Experience I have worked voluntary in education for over 24 years but have been part of this Trust since inception. I became Chair of the Trust in Sept 2019.
Career I have worked for Department of Work and Pensions since 1983 and have been very privileged to work in many roles in different Directorates over the years. Currently I have responsibility for all of DWP recruitments nationally ensuring we have the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 23/11/2018
Term Ends 22/11/2022
Appointed By Members
Jonathan Lovelle
(Vice Chair)
Position Trustee
Experience Involved with Further and Higher Education Governance since 2013 and held various posts from Vice Chair and Chair of committees and became Chair of Corporation in 2014 of TEC Partnership, which operated from 13 sites, including a nursey and secondary school. Appointed as a National Leader of Governance for the Association of Colleges in 2017 with focused on strategic leadership, organisational change; planning and performance management. Appointed as non-executive of Modal Training in 2016.
Career Partner in regional property firm of Chartered Surveyors.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 15/05/2019
Term Ends 14/05/2023
Appointed By Members
Peter Kipling
Position Trustee
Experience A wide range of experience as a school governor in both the primary and secondary phases. Acted as chair of two interim executive boards and a conventional governing body. Until comparatively recently was a member of the governing body at Great Coates Primary School.
Career Spent whole career in education. Was head teacher of two large primary schools before joining the Humberside Advisory Service where specific brief was to lead on assessment of the National Curriculum. In 1996 joined North East Lincolnshire Council as a senior adviser and later became Head of School Improvement for the primary phase. Retired from this post in 2008 and since then has been a self-employed educational consultant. Was a qualified Ofsted inspector and has led a significant number of inspections. Has also acted as a school improvement partner, a role which both challenged and supported schools' leadership teams.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 01/02/2021
Term Ends 31/01/2025
Appointed By Board
Karina Ellis
Position Trustee
Experience A wide range of experience of working with, and as a member of, boards at a local, regional and national level.
Career Senior Manager with nearly twenty years’ experience working in and across public services (Local Government and Health and Care Sector including time at NE Lincolnshire Council and in NHS England). Held a variety of key corporate roles focused on strategic leadership and operational delivery in partnership and organisational change; service transformation; programme and project management; planning and performance management. Currently working across Health and Social Care Organisations in Northern Lincolnshire, Hull, East Riding, York and Scarborough, to develop through partnership working, integrated care.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 12/12/2018
Term Ends 11/12/2022
Appointed By Members
Leoni Kitchin
Position Trustee
Experience Involved with school governance since 2014 as a Governor, Vice Chair and Chair of Governors (twice). Chaired School Improvement/Standards and Finance & Resources Committees as well as recruiting a new Headteacher and appraising performance of Headteachers. Have been responsible for safeguarding, leadership and management, recruitment and development of governors, more able and pupil premium portfolios. Supported a number of schools across Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire to strengthen governance as a Leader of Governance.
Career Career in People Development, as a HR Director, Facilitator, Trainer. Currently working as a Professional Coach and Mentor/Leadership Coach, often working with Headteachers and Deputy Heads.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 12/12/2018
Term Ends 11/12/2022
Appointed By Members
Chris Cherry
Position Trustee
Experience Trustee and Non-Executive Director with fourteen years of experience. Vice Chair of NCFE (Awarding Body) between 2009 and 2011, Chair of the Vision 2015 Committee and Change Project. Currently Trustee of the Thermal Insulator Contractors’ Association and the Independent Trade Training Council, leading on assessment. Non-Executive Director of Saffron Cherry Television Ltd and The Strategic Development Network.
Career Over twenty-five years of experience in education, predominantly post-14 education in the UK and overseas. Teaching and inspecting (for Ofsted and ISI) in secondary schools, further and higher education. Latterly working in the wider civil service advising on policy reform and large national programmes such as apprenticeships. Currently a broadcaster, trainer and education consultant, which includes training inspectors of education in the UK and overseas and advising schools and colleges on processes and systems working with inspectorates.
Pecuniary Interests No
Start Date 16/12/2020
Term Ends 15/12/2024
Appointed By Members
Success and Happiness

Join our Trust

Our Multi Academy Trust is a family of schools, who are genuinely committed to collaborative working, sharing the same vision and values and placing children at the heart of every decision we take.

By working together, we will strive to create a genuine partnership that all of our pupils, staff, governors and wider stakeholders are proud to be part of.

Our Values

We are child-centred, inclusive and ambitious. We expect everyone to act with integrity and be courteous, polite and kind at all times. We value our staff and invest extensively in training.

These values enable us to deliver a high-quality education that not only encourages curiosity, but equips our pupils with the academic outcomes, confidence, ambition and skills to contribute positively to our community and society in general.

Jo Nolan, CEO.