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Governors Biographies


Link Governor Responsibility - School Improvement and Pupil Premium

Nigel’s involvement in Academies stretches back to 2002, when as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce in the North East he was determined to address the issue of historic underperformance of many of the regions LEA secondary schools. He was a lawyer in an international law firm and his positions included International Head of Engineering and Construction, Global Head of Energy, and Managing Partner. He was an accredited Mediator, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Nigel is Chair of the School Improvement Board, which was established in 2013 to oversee the educational improvement at both Central and Morton Academies. He is Chair of Morton Academy LGB, and is a member of the Central LGB.  He is married with five children, eleven grand-children, living in Cumbria, and his interests are family, Lakeland fell walking, rugby, mountain biking, Tuscan village life and history.

 Nigel is also Chair of United Learning Trust, the sponsor of the two Carlisle Richard Rose Academies.  In this role he has lead responsibility for their Northern Secondary Academies, and chairs the Education, Standards and Performance Committee.  He is a trustee of the theological training college, St John’s and Cranmer Hall, Durham University.  He supports the Carlisle Diocese, including its educational responsibilities through The Good Shepherd MAT. He is a director of The Churches Trust for Cumbria.


Link Governor Responsibility – E-Safety and Pupil Premium

Subject Link – Humanities

Mike has served as a school governor since 1992 in a number of primary and secondary schools in London including a number of years as vice chair of governors at the United Learning sponsored Lambeth Academy. He also set up and chaired the Lambeth Governors’ Forum and served on the borough’s education committee, schools finance forum, school organisation committee and admissions forums.

Professionally Mike had a successful 25 year career in marketing, working for organisations such as the Quaker Oats company, the English Tourist Board, Center Parcs and the Central Office of Information. More recently he worked for a DfE roster consultancy in education planning and organisation, and before that headed a pan-London education-business links charity.

Now semi-retired in Cumbria, where he has family roots, he is also a trustee of the Northern Fells Group community charity.


Link Governor Responsibility – School Improvement

Liz retired from University of Cumbria two years ago.  She lives in Stainton but was born in Carlisle.  Liz’s career spans many different roles in higher education from lecturing to policy development and university management.   Liz has been on the Governing Body of Central Academy for the past 6 years taking over as Chair of the Local Governing Body in 2014.  She is also a member of the Morton Academy LGB and of the overarching School Improvement Board.   As Chair of the LGB, she has membership of the sub-committees, with particular focus being the overarching school improvement, strategic development and sixth form curriculum.


Link Governor Responsibility - Health and Safety

Subject Link - English

Mary lives in the Morton community and has had a long commitment to the local community in local government, social services, education and health.  She has a wealth of experience including being Chairperson and a member on many different local and national boards.  Mary was also Mayor of Carlisle in 2010/11.  Mary served on the County and City Councils for many years, including the local Belle Vue Ward for the City Council. 





Link Governor Responsibility – Safeguarding

Subject Link - Maths

Sue joined the Governing Body at Morton Academy in 2015, having retired as Head of Fir Ends Primary School, Smithfield to run a B&B in Lanercost with her husband. She has 3 grown-up children and three grand-daughters. She has a degree in Business Management with French from Loughborough University and after working as an Analyst Programmer, she re-trained as a teacher, gaining a PGCE from Brighton University.

Having taught at a Primary School in Brighton for 3 years, she moved to Cumbria and took up a Headship in a failing school. Having increased the number on roll from 29 to 65 and being judged “Good” by Ofsted, she left education to run the family pub.  She was later employed by the Local Authority, specialising in Change Management in schools and training as an Ofsted inspector, before returning to headship at Fir Ends Primary School.  She is also a Maths Recovery trainer for Cumbria, working with teachers and teaching assistants to deliver the international intervention programme which was developed in response to the problem of children's failure in early numeracy and primary mathematics.



Subject Link – Science and MFL

Ben Crystal is a Solicitor at Bell Park Kerridge and a former student of Morton School. Ben joined Morton in 2008 as a year seven pupil, leaving after obtaining his GSCE’s in 2008. Whilst at Morton, Ben was a member of the first Joint School’s Council in the city and played Cricket on behalf of the school.

Ben moved to Newcastle to study in 2010 and graduated from the Northumbria University Business and Law School in 2014.  During his time at Northumbria he competed in an international Legal competition with over 92 universities in New Delhi and also represented their student law office at Buckingham Palace; where they won an award from the Queen. He moved back to the area to work and joined the Board of Governors this year.



Laura is a former Morton School pupil who went on to study Biological Sciences at Lancaster University in 2004.  After gaining some work experience at a local school, Laura decided to pursue a career in teaching and so completed a PGCE in secondary science education at The University of Cumbria.  Laura joined the Academy in September 2009 as a newly qualified teacher of science, she then became a Lead Teacher in 2012, before progressing onto Subject Leader in 2014.  During her time at the Academy she has also gained a Masters in Teaching and Learning.   




Link Governor Responsibility – Marketing and Community

Carol is an experienced vent Manager and also a marketing and sales professional in both the public and private sector.   Carol has been directly responsible for the business development, sales, marketing, event management and administration of national accounts.

Carol is Director of CA Events Ltd and is also the Event Manager at the University of Cumbria.  She is an outgoing individual with a wealth of commercial experience especially in the sales, marketing and promotional field. Carol is from the Morton community and is therefore #madeinmorton. 





Born and bred in Carlisle, Mike taught at Morton School/Academy for 38 years teaching PE, Humanities and being heavily involved in the pastoral side of the school.  Mike greatly enjoyed his teaching at Morton helping and nurturing a large number of youngsters reaching their full potential.

On retiring from teaching Mike worked part-time for Inspira where he worked mainly with disadvantaged teenagers, trying to get them into employment or further education.

He is married with three grown up children and three grandchildren.  Mike’s interests are sport, gardening and spending time with his family.  He has a very active interest in sport, organising Carlisle Schools' Sports Association activities for junior and secondary schools.   Mike is also Chairman of Cumbria Schools' Football Association as well as a County Team Manager.



Andy is a former Morton School pupil, who lives in the City with his wife and three children.  Andy is currently the serving Headteacher of Belle Vue Primary School, having previously spent eight successful years as the Headteacher of Kingmoor Junior School.

Andy’s interests include sport and music, which flourished during his time as a Morton School pupil, and which he went on to study for his degree.  

Andy coached football both at home and abroad, before completing his PGCE at the University of Exeter.  He has over 17 years of experience working in schools both in Devon and Cumbria.