Members and Trustees



Mr Roger Cannon

Chair of Trustees

I was appointed to the Interim Executive Board (IEB) in 2009 as part of a small team to oversee the creation of a new Governing Body for Scalby School. I am also the Vice – Chair of Governors at the Grimsby Institute with a particular responsibility for the Scarborough Portfolio. I retired as Headteacher of St. Augustine’s Catholic High School in 2009. My last OFSTED Inspection judged St. Augustine’s School as Outstanding. I serve on the Independent Appeals Panel for School Admissions and Exclusions.

Mr John Riby


I was born in Scarborough and both my children attend Scalby School. I have now lived the majority of my adult life in the area. I am a graduate in Civil Engineering and a Chartered Civil Engineer by profession culminating in becoming a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers.

I have worked in the private and public sectors on major projects and became a Chief Officer in Local Government representing not only my own Council but others at a local, regional and national level on a variety of aspects of municipal issues. I was lead officer on the Local Government Association’s Special Interest Group on coastal matters for several years which helped to influence Central Government in developing national policies and strategies. I have been the author of several professional papers dealing with a variety of coastal issues.

Latterly, I have been the President of The Rotary Club of Scarborough and hope my experience in senior management will assist the Trust Board going forward.

Mrs Stephanie Hartley


I currently work as a receptionist at a GP surgery. Previously, I have experience as a hotel manager and managing a cleaning company which was a family business. I have 25 years experience as a school Governor at Northstead Primary School and 9 years experience at Scalby School where I have been the link Governor for safeguarding and SEN. All three of my children attended Scalby School and I have engaged in numerous charitable activities linked to the school community over a number of years.

Mr Nick Sharples


I joined Barclays Bank on leaving school in 1975 and qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Bankers in 1982. I moved to Scarborough in 1991 to take up my first managerial position as a Corporate Manager, later becoming a Regional Business Manager. I joined Handelsbanken a Swedish owned Bank in 2008 and set up a new office in Scarborough, retiring in 2017 after 9 successful years.

During my time in Scarborough, I have been involved as a member of the Scarborough Cavaliers Rotary Club, undertaking many community projects. I also launched a very successful business breakfast club which had over 80 members while at Handelsbanken. In addition, I was, for a number of years, a Governor of Scarborough College. Presently I am a Director of Scarborough Ambassadors, a non-profit making organisation which raises the profile of the town and the opportunities available.

I am married to Joy; we have two grown up daughters living and working in London. I have multiple outside interests, as a member of Scalby tennis club, Ganton Golf club and Scarborough Rugby Club, I also enjoy cycling and walking.

Mr David McCue


David has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry and is currently working as Head of Group Change at Family Fund in York. He was a Governor of Newby and Scalby Primary School from 2005 to 2013 where he served as Chair for his final 3 years.

He has 2 children who both attended Newby and Scalby Primary and Scalby Schools and therefore has both a governance and parental perspective. He joined the Trustees in November 2018 and is very much looking forward to working with the other Trustees in taking the Academy from strength to strength.

David lives in Scarborough, is a keen follower of Rugby League and a season ticket holder at Castleford Tigers.

Mr John Armistead

Chair of Members

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1970, then the profession to work in industry in 1972. Career history:

  • Joseph Terry – confectioners – York.
  • Rowntrees (now Nestle) – confectioners – York.
  • Dunlop & Ranken – steel stockholders – Leeds.
  • Dale Electric – electrical equipment manufacturers – Filey.
  • Pindar – printing, data management & franchisors – Scarborough.
  • Retired as Group Financial Director of Pindar in Dec ’08.
  • On the Board of Trustees of St Catherine’s Hospice Scarborough for the past 14 years.
  • Trustee and past Treasurer of Scarborough Hospital League of Friends.
  • Past President and current Treasurer of Scarborough Rotary Club.
  • Past President of the Humberside and District Society of Chartered Accountants.
  • A director of Scarborough Theatre Trust (Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round) for the past 5 years.

Mrs Deborah Clapham


I have lived and worked in Scarborough for many years but have a strong allegiance to my Geordie roots!
My teaching career began at St Augustine's where I was Head of PE before leaving to raise our children, Harry and Beth, both former students of Scalby School. Since then, and with the support of husband Nigel, my experiences include
• working on long-term supply contracts at Pindar and Raincliffe Schools
• working as Behaviour Management Coordinator and Head of Year at Raincliffe
• KS4 Director of Learning at Raincliffe
• Head of Upper School at Unity City Academy, Middlesbrough
• Assistant Principal for Inclusion at UCA where I was also on the Board of the Headstart Project, working with multi-agencies, including NHS Middlesbrough, to secure significant funding from the Big Lottery to support young people with mental Health issues
• Teacher Governor
• Behaviour Consultant/Acting VP at Hillsview Academy, Middlesbrough
• NPQH and SEN National Awards
• Foundation Governor at St Peter's Primary School, Scarborough
Although I took advantage of early retirement, I have recently worked as Deputy Head for Behaviour across George Pindar and Graham Schools to help them through their transition into the Hope Learning Trust.

My family are my priority; we treasure time spent together as both Harry and Beth live and work away from Scarborough. Harry works for HSBC in an international role and is currently based in Toronto; Beth is a Lead Practitioner in Maths and is teaching in London.

Mr Jim Martin


  • Served 12 years with the Royal Navy as a communications specialist.
  • A short period with the River Clyde Port Auxiliary Service providing support to warships.
  • 3 years with the Zambian Department of Civil Aviation managing an airfield.
  • Over 28 years with GCHQ as a Radio Officer working at Bletchley Park, a station in North Staffordshire, two periods of 3 years duration in Cyprus and at Irton Moor, Scarborough.
  • Served as a Scalby School governor for 19 years from 1985.
  • A past governor of Newby & Scalby Primary School for 32 years, 28 as Chair. I continue to provide regular voluntary classroom and school visits support.
  • A continuing member of the Scarborough Pupil Referral Service Management Committee since its inception in 2000, 15 years as Chair.
  • A past Senior Mentor for the North Yorkshire Business & Education Partnership supporting Y10 & Y11 pupils in Scalby School and Whitby Community College.
  • A recent member of the NY Schools Forum, now Education Partnership for 8 years additionally sitting on its Finance Working Group and chairing its School Meals Working Group.
  • Chaired the Interim Executive Board to facilitate the transfer of Hinderwell Primary School to Academy status.
  • A director of The Cober Hill Trust.
  • Independent Co-Chair of the North Yorkshire Learning Disabilities Partnership Board and its Local Area Group for Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.
  • 12 years as an elected Member of Scarborough Borough Council.
  • 16 years as a director, the majority as Chair of The Cambridge Centre, providing substance misuse services.
  • Established the not for profit company, The Gallows Close Centre Ltd in 2005 and continue to serve as the Chair of its Board of Directors providing community hall facilities, principally to the residents of the Barrowcliff, Newby and Northstead areas.
  • A past Executive Committee Chair of Scarborough Relate.
  • Since coming to Scarborough in 1979 I have provided voluntary support for several local charities.

Mr David Read


I am currently CEO of Scalby Learning Trust, line managing the Headteachers of Newby & Scalby Primary School and Scalby School.

Career History:

  • National Leader of Education 2018 – Present
  • Head Teacher Scalby School since 2010 until December 2017
  • Formerly Head teacher of Nidderdale High School from 2005 to 2010
  • Consultant Leader for NYCC involving mentoring two new Head teachers.
  • Led training for new senior leaders for NYCC.
  • Participated in inspections of other schools for NYCC.
  • Chair of the Coastal Heads and Principals group 2013 to 2015.
  • Director of NYBEP since 2013.
  • Deputy Chair of the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area.

Mr John Scoble


I was appointed to the new Governing body in September 2011 as a Local Authority Governor, but was originally asked by the Local Authority to be Chairperson of the newly formed Interim Executive Board in April 2009. Previous experience – Headteacher of Overdale CP (Eastfield) and Northstead CP. I was also a Local Authority inspector adviser. I am also a National Leader in Governance.

Mr John Senior

Member & Trustee

I am currently the Lifeboat Operations Manager for Scarborough as well as having business interests in restaurants and property both in the UK and Spain. I was a founder member of the Scarborough South Bay Trading Company which promotes businesses in the town. I was also instrumental in establishing the ‘Heroes Welcome’ initiative which started in one of my restaurants and is now established across the UK and overseas in places such as Gibraltar. I have also served as an officer in both the Territorial and Regular army.