The Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors delegate to the Local Advisory Board (LAB) members its responsibility and powers as the Governing Body of the school. These responsibilities are discharged by the LAB members in accordance with its constitution, any Cumbria Education Trust Policies and advice from the Department for Education (DFE) and Ofsted.

View the Trust Board members here.

View the Structure Of The Trust Board & LABs And Associated Information here.

The Newtown Primary School LAB is crucial to helping the school to raise standards.

Some of the roles of the LAB are to:

  • provide the information required by the Trust and not to withhold any information which the Trust reasonably requires;
  • refer certain decisions to the Trust for approval as set out in the Scheme of Delegation;
  • report to the Trust Board Directors on the outcomes and progress within a one-week period of each meeting;
  • act in accordance with the LAB Protocols.

If you have any queries for the LAB or would like to contact the Chair, please email Leanne Coats, Clerk to the LAB, at or telephone 016977 45300.

Composition of Local Advisory Board (LAB) members:

Type of member Number Term of office Elected by who
Chief Executive 1 Indefinite N/A – by appointment as Chief Executive
Headteacher 1 Indefinite Appointment as Headteacher by Chief Executive/Trust Board
Sponsor Board member (including Chair and Vice Chair) Max 7 4 years By the Cumbria Education Trust Board resolution
Parent Board member 2 3 years Seconded parent volunteer -applications to be considered by Cumbria Education Trust Board Directors.*

*If there are more than 2 applications, an election will take place with all parents eligible to vote

Staff Board member 1 3 years Staff election**

** If only one member of staff is nominated they are automatically elected

Kelly Pattison – LAB Chair (Safeguarding Lead)

Passionate about the power education has to change lives, Kelly Pattison has supported Cumbria’s educationalists and settings for many years.

She is a Communications Officer at University of Cumbria and, prior to this, enjoyed a long career in local journalism in the county. Kelly reported on a wide range of local, national and international issues, events and news affecting the area and its residents.

Kelly was an education reporter for over a decade and she is particularly proud during this period to have been involved in helping to establish and co-ordinate the annual Golden Apple Awards that recognise the county’s heroes of education, skills and learning.

In her spare time, Kelly helps theatre and community groups as a children’s chaperone. Kelly continues to support our Local Advisory Board, having first joined when her daughter was a pupil at Newtown.

Lorrayne Hughes – Chief Executive

Lorrayne is the Chief Executive of Cumbria Education Trust, the county’s largest multi-academy school trust.

Lorrayne took up her first Headship at William Howard School in Brampton in 2007 and in 2014 was commissioned by the Local Authority to bring about rapid improvement in two special measures schools in Workington. One of the schools was removed from Special Measures within 20 weeks.

She has led CET since inception to its current position where it is responsible for the education of more than 4,000 children across three secondary schools, eight primaries and West Coast Sixth Form.

Lorrayne passionately believes in inclusion and that all young people deserve a high-quality education. Children are firmly at the heart of all her strategic decision-making.
All schools work closely together following Lorrayne’s lead that collaboration can make a difference to all involved, from pupils and students to staff and their communities.

Lorrayne is a board member of the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector body for school trusts.

Deborah Shaw – Lead Director

Deborah has a long career in Human Resources both in professional services and financial services. An honours graduate of St Andrews University and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she was the Head of HR and member of the Executive Committee for a number of years in a UK private bank headquartered in London. She developed and delivered the HR strategy through a period of acquisitions and digital transformation, before retiring from full-time employment in 2020. With a strong background in governance and remuneration, Deborah also championed flexible working, corporate social responsibility and diversity in the workplace. Now spending time on consultancy and trustee work and splitting family time between homes in Lancashire and Cumbria, Deborah and her family have a long history of enjoying the Cumbrian fells. She is a regular runner, cyclist and walker, hobbies which she shares with her husband and has passed on to their two sons.

Brought up near Edinburgh she comes from a family with many varied roles in education. She has always involved herself with her sons’ schools and has maintained links with their former senior school supporting older students with career advice and interview skills practice. She is a strong believer in the value to be gained from links between schools, communities and business and is delighted to be able to use her background and professional knowledge in support of the Cumbria Education Trust.

Cate Floyd – Executive Prinicipal

After 12 years in education, working across the country in a variety of settings and alongside national bodies such as the North North West Maths Hub, Cate moved from Accrington to join the CET leadership team to take on her first headship at Longtown Primary School in 2017. She believes that all children are entitled to the very best education and working within a school improvement model to develop and sustain change, change that is for the better and not just reactive, is important to her.

After successfully securing their first Good judgment at Longtown, she have moved into her second headship within the Trust, at Yanwath Primary School ensuring that they, as a leadership team, continue to provide a sustainable school improvement model where children and staffs mental health and wellbeing are at the heart of all decisions being made.

Mhairi Roberts – Headteacher

Mhairi joined the teaching team at Yewdale Primary School, then became Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Interim Head of School, before becoming Headteacher at Newtown Primary School.

Mhairi works hard to ensure that children become confident, independent learners and believes that all children should be given the support they need to realise their potential.

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Sadie Skivington – Staff LAB member

Since beginning her teaching career, Sadie has worked across a variety of primary schools in Cumbria. Sadie joined CET at Hensingham Primary School as a class teacher, moving to Newtown Primary School to become Assistant Headteacher in September 2023.

Sadie is passionate about ensuring that all children receive high-quality education and that they are given every opportunity to become confident learners with a versatile set of skills, allowing them to prosper as they transition to secondary school and beyond.

Louise Lund – LAB member – Vice Chair

Originally from West Yorkshire, Louise settled down in Carlisle some 20+ years ago to embark on her career as an Environmental Professional. She is now proud to work for the Environment Agency as a Nuclear Regulator.

Louise is passionate about both the environment and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Believing that all children should be empowered to realise their potential, no matter how great or small,  to making their communities and environment a better place to live in.
Louise’s son is a Year 6 pupil at Newtown and she is really pleased to be able to support his school as it works to achieve the best outcomes for all pupils.

Lydia Hulme – LAB member

Lydia has worked for the NHS in Carlisle since 2019 both in corporate and patient facing roles. In her current role as a Social Prescriber, she is an advocate for improved health and wellbeing outcomes for all residents of Carlisle.

In her free time, Lydia volunteers for Guide Dogs for the blind as well as providing accessibility consulting services on a freelance basis.

Becoming a parent made her want to learn more about the education system and the governance that sits alongside the taught curriculum. She has a particular interest in the EYFS provision as well as the leadership and development of the school’s staff.

LAB members in the previous 12 months:

  • Naomi Hodgson – 16/10/23
  • Jennifer Wilkins – 20/06/23
  • Judith Chandler – 20/06/23
  • Christine Bowditch – 05/05/23

LAB Meeting Minutes and other information