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Members

The Members are the guardians of the Trust’s constitution, determining the governance structure of the Trust, providing oversight and challenge to the Directors, ensuring the charitable objects of the Trust are being fulfilled.

Harry Devonport

Following a successful teaching career including a Headteacher post at a South East Manchester High School, Harry went on to lead Blackburn with Darwen’s nationally recognised Education Action Zone. Harry has since held several Chief Officer positions within the local authority, most recently as Director of Education. He led focused work on school improvement and the raising of standards, with targeted work with vulnerable and underachieving groups. Harry led the development of the Children & Young People’s Plan and the CYPP Partnership. He managed the development of performance management, quality assurance and systems to support inspection and accountability, the Department’s resourcing strategy, workforce development and its capital programme.

Harry is currently a Trustee of the Star Multi Academy Trust and is chair of their Academic Board. He is also Chair of Governors at Park High School and a governor at Blacko Primary and Laneshaw Bridge Primary schools.

Peter Catterall

After qualifying as a land surveyor in 1964 Peter worked for the Department of Overseas Surveys (part of the Ordnance Survey) before joining Hunting Surveys and working as party chief and overseas manager, responsible for many UK and overseas major surveys. This work involved tendering, technical and financial supervision of tasks ranging from twenty thousand to one million pounds. He became Director, with training responsibilities, of Terraquest (a land information company) in 1988. Whilst in this role he was seconded to a range of organisations, including Rail Track, Hospital groups and Development Agencies, to advise on purchasing and setting up Land and Property asset management schemes and associated training. Secondments included the tendering and implementation of a multi-million pound mapping and GIS service for RailTrack.

Peter is a long serving fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has submitted various papers on expedition survey and logistics as well as advising several expeditions.

He is an active member of Pendle Voice (a charity for the blind) and has been a governor at Lord Street Primary school for 4 years.

Thomas Root

Thomas is a Service Delivery Manager with the Department for Work and Pensions, managing all aspects of performance, productivity, finance and estates for different Jobcentre Plus sites. He manages a large team of coaches and support staff, and is responsible for various targets and measures. Thomas implements change, setting direction, delivering results and engaging his teams. He engages colleagues, takes decisions effectively – using innovative techniques to lead and communicate. Part of his role is to develop collaboration and partnership with DWP stakeholders; employers, providers, colleges, MP. 

Thomas lives in Blacko, and has been Chair of Governors at Blacko Primary for 4 years. He represents the local Neighbourhood Watch at the Parish Council. He also coaches young athletes in fell and cross country running.      

Helen Swinson

Helen is a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the Calico Group, which comprises a diverse range of innovative charities and businesses.  The Calico Group is based in Burnley, with a growing profile across the North West of England.  As Assistant Director of Calico Homes, Helen has responsibility for strategic leadership of the social housing company within the group, with a background in various leadership roles including customer services, business improvement, property services and asset management.

Helen is a parent governor at Blacko Primary School and has a keen interest in representing all schools (and families) within the remit of the Pennine Trust.

Marie Burnham

Marie Burnham is the Independent Lay Chair (Part Time) for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee, which is made up of the 11 clinical commissioning groups and is part of the area’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Marie brings with her over 20 years of leadership experience ‎from health services, charitable sector, private and public including NHS executive and non-executive roles she also has a national reputation  for performance and governance management both in the public and private sector. Specialising in turning around failing organisations and delivering real measurable change.

More recent roles include National Chair for NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence), where she held responsibility for safe staffing and a part-time role until 2015 as Chief Accountable Officer for the Well Women’s Centre in Wakefield.

Before taking early retirement 2 years ago Marie was a Chief Executive for many years in the Acute Hospital Sector; over that period she also participated in a National Enquiry with the nuclear industry, examining body parts and was head hunted to lead on Swine Flu out of Manchester, and a number of meetings in London supporting COBRA.

Marie has also been a member on the University of Lancashire research committee as well as a member of Cumbria University Board.