Learning for Life Education Trust

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College Street, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 5TX


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Learning for Life Education Trust

Finedon Mulso CE Junior School

We will enable every child and adult to achieve their best.

Stronger together
  1. Our Trust
  2. Our Team
  3. Our Directors

Our Directors

Peter French (Chair)

I joined the Learning for Life Education Trust board as the Assistant Director of Education at Peterborough Diocese, as one of the schools in the trust is a Church of England School.  Following my retirement, I am now a co-opted member of the board.

I have been involved in Governance for over 30 years and am a national Leader of Governance so I hope my experience will support all of the schools in the trust.






Janye Clancy, Director

Education has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember; I have been professionally engaged in the teaching profession for the last 35 years. Prior to taking early retirement in 2017 I was the headteacher of an “outstanding” primary school. During this time the school achieved consistent success not only academically but also in the range of broader opportunities offered to all children, something which I am very passionate about.

My mantra has always been “what you expect is what you will get” I therefore expect the highest standards from myself and all those with whom I work; our children only get one chance and we owe it to them to always offer the best. Since retiring I am involved in working as a consultant for a Teaching School Alliance supporting the improvement process in schools.

Becoming a Director allows me to continue to support teachers and leaders within the trust to grow and develop and to find ways to enable every child to shine.




 Joanne Sanchez-Thompson, Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

It's been my pleasure to be Chief Executive Officer of the Trust since September 2016.

It's fantastic to be able to work with so many committed and talented staff across our schools, so that our children can get the very best education and experiences.

I have a very wide range of experiences working in education over the past 30 years: I have worked in eight different schools in the UK and the US and taught every age group from Reception to sixth form. I have been headteacher of 2 schools, worked as a local authority school improvement partner and as an independent education consultant, and have the privilege of visiting schools on inspection. I have been a school governor in three schools before joining the Trust.  I am also a trustee of a Single Academy Trust in West Northamptonshire.



   Rosemary Sage

I am a qualified speech and language pathologist, psychologist and teacher (English & Mathematics) and Professor of Education (Cognitive Psychology), as well as former Dean at the College of Teachers, Institute of Education, University College, London.

Currently I am a scientific advisor at the Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University for the psychological and pedagogical conditions in the development of intercultural communication competencies of teachers.    I have published 23 books and over 150 refereed papers in journals and have been lead speaker at many international conferences on issues to do with Language, Education and Employment.

My interest in becoming a non-executive director comes from my passion for education as well as hoping to contribute from a background of practice and research in education.


Linda Ward

I have been in the teaching profession for 37 years, starting my career as a nursery teacher and ending as the Headteacher of a large Infant school. I have always led and worked with honesty and integrity, with the children at the centre of all that I have done. I believe that every child should have the right to a strong supportive environment in which to grow and flourish both academically and as an individual. In my career I have supported other schools with their leadership and development, and currently work in a voluntary role for WNC on their schools appeals committee.

I retired from the teaching profession in August 2023 with the aim of travelling with my husband in our camper van to see a bit more of the UK and Europe. I have had the pleasure of being appointed to LFLET’s board of directors and look forward to continuing to support children, teachers, and leaders, and  the trust in its growth and development.

 Steve Ward - Director

I have been a Director at the Learning for Life Education Trust since its inception. Before retiring, I was an Electrical Distribution Engineer so have a very high level of knowledge of health and safety practice and law.

I was a DfE designated National Leader of Governance Advocate NLGA and through this I supported many Local Authority governance support teams, Governing Bodies and Multi Academy Trust Boards.

I first became a parent governor when my two daughters attended school and this fuelled my passion to continue supporting the education of all our children. Through my experience in primary and secondary education together with my engineering background I strive to contribute to the vision and driving principles of the Trust.


Jan Marshall - Director

I believe in delivering the best education for all our children locally. By working closely together as part of our Trust, we are achieving this through being “Stronger together”.

Working closely with the other schools in the Trust is enabling us all us to deliver an engaging and relevant curriculum for the children, ensuring they reach their potential and are ready for the world beyond school at every stage. 

I have been the Head Teacher of Irthlingborough Nursery and Infant School since 2012 and have worked at the school since 2002.




Penny Reading, Director

I am honoured to be one of the Diocese of Peterborough representatives on the Board of Directors since the formation of the Trust.  My main areas of responsibility are Safeguarding and Wellbeing.  I am committed to my roles and am passionate about the education of our children.

I am retired from my role as a Registered General Nurse.  I hope to spend more time travelling with my husband, both abroad and with our MG within the UK. We are also avid Saints supporters.    I have three grown up boys.




 Andrew Read, Director

I have significant experience of education leadership, with a track record of successfully growing individual and groups of schools, diocesan departments, local and national charities, and commercial organisations. I have been a diocesan director, principal, MAT CEO (39 schools) and a Group CEO overseeing three MATs. I have an extensive background in trustee leadership, both as a chair and trustee of multiple charities, sector membership groups and related boards.  I am Canon Emeritus of Ely Cathedral. I remain very active in the field of charities and organisations seeking to address social inequality and improve the lives of vulnerable groups.

Contact the Directors:

If you would like to contact the Board of Directors, please email: clerk.directors@lflet.org.uk 

Committee Terms of Reference:

 Terms of Reference - Full Directors and LGC September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - Ad Hoc Committees (Pages 14-15) September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - Admissions Committee (Page 11) September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - Board of Directors and LGC (Pages 2-5) September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - CEO PM Arrangements (Page 13) September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - Local Governance Committee (Pages 16-17) September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - Outcome and Provision Committee (Page 6) September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - Pay Review Committee (Page 12) September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - Resources (Pages 7-9) September 2023.pdfDownload
 ToR - Risk and Audit Committee (Page 10) September 2023.pdfDownload
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Governance documents:

 Scheme of Delegation September 2023.pdfDownload
 Structure Roles and Responsibilities October 2021.pdfDownload
 Our Members.pdfDownload
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Terms of Office & Register of Interests:

 LfLET Members and Director Terms of Office 2023-24.pdfDownload
 Register of Members Directors Pecuniary Interests 2023-24.pdfDownload
 Directors Meeting Attendance 2022-23.pdfDownload
 Directors Meeting Attendance 2021-22.pdfDownload
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