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Cavendish Learning Trust

Learning Trust


The Trust Board are responsible for the core governance functions of the Cavendish Learning Trust:  setting the direction, holding the Chief Executive Officer and Heads of Academy to account and ensuring financial probity.  Academy Trusts are charitable companies and therefore must ensure that they comply with both company and charity law requirements.

Our Trustees are:

Karen Robinson 

Chair of the Trust Board

Appointed 1st Aug 21 (Term 1 year) Co-opted

Karen’s career was in the NHS and during later years worked as part of the Senior Management Team within Local Authority Children’s services. Karen had board level responsibility for managing and providing mental health, community nursing and Children's / Young Peoples’ Health Services. She has experience in leadership and partnership roles to develop Strategic Improvement plans across Health, Social & Voluntary organisations including the 5-year Children & Young Peoples’ Plan. Karen has also Chaired various Children's Forums such as Children's Trust, Looked After Children and Early Years Development.


Dawn Walton

Vice Chair of the Trust Board

Appointed 1st Aug 21 (term 1 year) Member appointed

Dawn is a director on Sheffield City Council and is responsible for commissioning inclusion and learning.

With a wide and long career in Children and Young Peoples Services she brings with her a wealth of experience in organisational change and achievements in redesign of early help and inclusion services.

Nigel Sternberg

Reappointed 1st July 20 (Term of office 4 years) Co-opted

Nigel is a lawyer. He was a lecturer and later an Honorary Fellow at the University of Durham. He was also a partner in a major international law firm. Nigel was head of a large education practice. His principal practice specialism was in special projects focussed on business transformation. Nigel has experience of various trusts – health, education, housing and heritage. He is currently working with Adoption UK to provide mentoring support to prospective and ongoing support to adopters. He was a pupil at Netherthorpe School.

Phil Brown 

Reappointed 1st July 20 (Term of office 4 years) Member Appointed

Qualified as work study engineer working in both the private and public sector. Main career in sales management and ultimately working within the senior management team on Business Improvement. UK HR manager for a leading Swedish manufacturer. Strong management skills and excellent relationships with both employees and customers.


Maureen Hemmingway

 Appointed 3rd Dec 20 (Term of office 4 years) Member Appointed

Enjoying a long teaching career spanning 30 years working as a classroom teacher and EYFS leader, a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Senior Leader of Education. Maureen has also worked in further education and higher education is a teacher of English as an Additional Language. As an early years specialist, Maureen is an Associate trainer with the National Children’s Bureau as a specialist on ‘Making it Real’ a structured programme designed to support schools and families work together to secure good progress in children’s communication and language skills.

Maureen has worked with the National College of School Leadership working with aspiring head teachers across the Yorkshire and Humber Region as well as supporting with the development and successful delivery of early years and children’s centres on school sites.


  Mark Sheikh 

Appointed 16th Sept 20 (Term of office 4 years) Member Appointed

Mark is an experienced senior manager with a comprehensive knowledge of financial analysis and business management. He is currently Head of Service Business Strategy at Sheffield City Council for Children, Young People and Families. He is responsible for implementing Sheffield Schools Revenue Budget Strategy of £400 million a year. 


John Doyle 





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Cavendish Learning Trust, Gisborne House, c/o Netherthorpe School, Ralph Road, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3PU


01246 479013