The Opportunity Area is managed by an independent board that brings together senior leaders from schools, communities, businesses and central and local government. These individuals bring experience, insight and ambition to the area and its young people.
Sir Martin Narey
A highly experienced senior leader – and resident of Whitby. Sir Martin’s career developed in the Prison Service, leading to his appointment as CEO and Director General for the National Offender Management Service in 2003. In 2005, he took the role of CEO for leading children’s charity Barnardos. Sir Martin is currently a non-executive director at the Ministry of Justice and adviser to the government on children’s social care. Sir Martin was made Knight Bachelor in 2013 for services to vulnerable people.
Partnership Board Members
- Jude Knight: Senior Skills Strategy Manager, York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Enterprise Partnership
- Helen Winn: CEO, Hope Learning Trust
- David Read: (Retired) Headteacher, Scalby School, and CEO, Scalby Learning Trust
- Gareth Edmunds: External Affair Director, Crop Nutrients, Anglo American
- Christina Zanelli: Headteacher at West Cliff Primary School and Chief Executive Officer & Accounting Officer, Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust
- Jane Pepper: (Retired) Headteacher of Childhaven Nursery School, NLE and teaching school lead, Scarborough Teaching School Alliance
- Martin Kelly, Assistant Director (Children and Families), North Yorkshire County Council
- Mel Bonney: CEO, Coast and Vale Community Action
- Stuart Carlton: Director of Children and Young People’s Services, North Yorkshire County Council
- Brian Crosby: CEO, Scalby Learning Trust
The meetings are also attended by Katherine Cowell (Interim Regional Schools Commissioner), Lee Turner, Rachel Webster and Kirstie Oxley (Department for Education) and Richard Benstead (Programme Director) who provide advice and support to the board.
The Board’s action log is available to view here.
The agenda for each meeting can be found below:
All registered conflicts of interests with agenda items at the Board are recorded here.