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About Moorlands Learning Trust

Members & Trustees Biographies 

Sara Morrissey – Member and Trustee

Sara Morrissey has worked in education for 35 years, teaching for 20 years across three secondary schools and holding a range of leadership responsibilities over that time. Following a period as acting headteacher, Sara was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, assigned firstly to the school improvement division and then given responsibilities for schools causing concern at regional and national level. On leaving Ofsted, Sara held senior positions for school improvement in two local authorities before joining the Beckfoot Trust where she has worked as associate director since September 2016. Before entering the teaching profession, Sara worked for two years as a production manager in the pottery industry in her home town of Stoke-on-Trent after graduating from the University of Durham.

Lindsey Wharmby – Member & Trustee

I am now happily retired but in my previous life I have been a Chemistry teacher, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head in Leicestershire community colleges and Headteacher in two Leeds Secondary schools. I then worked for 7 years as a specialist in school funding. Now my main interest is my four grandchildren.

Robert Bellfield - Member

Robert completed a degree in Agriculture following a period working on a dairy farm in North Yorkshire and then spent 37 years working in further education in Northumberland, Lancashire and the North East of Scotland before becoming principal of Craven College and Chief Executive of Craven Educational Trust. For 15 years Robert was an Associate Assessor with Education Scotland working as a specialist Inspector of land-based provision.  Now retired, Robert is a Governor of Giggleswick School, Chair of the Management Committee of Craven PRS and a Settle Town Councillor as well as working for charities such as Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau and Skipton Mechanics’ Institute.

Angela Duggan - Chair of Trustees

I was a governor of IGS from 2012, shortly after academisation, to 2016 and became a Trustee when the Trust was formed in 2017.  Both of my children attended IGS.  I am a chartered surveyor and trained arbitrator and I live in Burley in Wharfedale.

The school has gone through a great deal of change during the years of my involvement and I have been able to offer my support to the leadership team in a variety of ways.  While the Trust continues to develop, my role is to ensure strategic oversight of the schools within the MAT and support and challenge the school leaders.

Andrew Bradley - Trustee

I am a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience and a partner in the Leeds corporate team of national legal services firm, Knights plc.

I advise on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, share and business asset disposals, corporate demergers and company reorganisations, finance and banking transactions together with other contracts and arrangements between shareholders.

I have lived in Ilkley for more than 20 years, and each of our three children were students at Ilkley Grammar School.

Imogen Clark – Trustee

Imogen is an experienced secondary school governor with a particular interest in parental and local community issues. She is a former Chair of Governors at IGS and has been at the centre of a number of significant decisions in the strategic development of the school. She has lived in Ilkley for many years and her children have all attended IGS.

She holds Honours degrees in both Law and English Literature and worked as a solicitor for a large commercial practice for many years before giving up her career to bring up her children. She is now a novelist and has sold over half a million copies of her books worldwide.

David Cutter - Trustee

David is Group Chief Executive of Skipton Building Society, having been with the Society for over 25 years and remains passionate about its purpose of helping people into homes and saving for their life ahead, focused on its 1m+ customers and continual improvement. He has held roles in many areas of the business, including periods as Operations Director, Group Corporate Development Director and Head of Internal Audit, joining the Board in 2000.

He is a qualified chartered accountant, was a founding Trustee of the Craven Educational Trust (which set up The Skipton Academy) and is a former Chair of the Building Societies Association. 

He is a former governor of Bradley’s Both Primary School and of Malsis Preparatory School. He is married and lives in Bradley, has three grown up Sons, and is a keen golfer and hockey player. 

Alan Halsall – Trustee

After Graduating from Newcastle University in the early 1970’s with a Law Degree I qualified as a Solicitor and practised for a very short time before joining the family toy business. That business became one of the largest privately-owned Toy co in the UK before being sold to the Management in 2006.

I had by then purchased Silver Cross Ltd (the nursery business) from the Administrators after it had fallen into receivership and grew the business substantially around the world as well as opening subsidiary businesses in the USA and China. This business was sold to a Chinese conglomerate in 2015.

I have been a Governor of Craven College and was Chair of Craven Educational Trust prior to the Trust merging with the Moorlands Learning Trust.