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Consultant Headteachers

Consultant Headteachers are Heads who work as System Leaders who have made the decision not to seek National Leader of Education (NLE) or Local Leader of Education (LLE) accreditation or have lesser experience but wish to work alongside other colleagues and support the system.

The Swaledale Alliance currently has 8 appointed Consultant Headteachers.  CHT's can be deployed to give support to a Headteacher where there has been a request from the school or where the Alliance (or LA's School Improvement Partnership) has identified a need.  For example, to:

  • support a newly appointed Headteacher
  • be a reviewer where schools have entered into a Partnership School Review
  • provide appropriate encouragement, challenge and support to a Headteacher who needs it

To request or enquire about support, please fill in the support request form here >>

Alliance Consultant Headteacher Profiles

Mike White

Executive Headteacher at Brompton-on-Swale and Crakehall


Mike is a National Leader of Education (NLE) with significant experience of supporting schools in challenging circumstances.  He is Executive Headteacher of Synergy Schools, comprising Brompton on Swale and Crakehall Church of England Primary Schools, as well as having strategic responsibility for the Swaledale Teaching School Alliance.

Mike currently works as a system leader across North Yorkshire and the North East.

Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School has been judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding. It was awarded Teaching School status as well as National Support School status in the third cohort in 2013, and together with the Swaledale Alliance is dedicated to growing the teachers and education leaders of tomorrow.

Kate Williamson

Executive Head at Trinity Academies Richmond, Eppleby and MTyas


Having taught for over 20 years in North Yorkshire, Kate is currently the Executive Headteacher of Trinity Academy, which comprises of Richmond, Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas - who have achieved an 'Excellent' SIAMS (2020). She previously led South Otterington C of E Primary School for 8 years, successfully achieving Outstanding inspection reports from both Ofsted (2014) and SIAMS (2016 & 2011). Kate is passionate about school improvement and has worked as a consultant headteacher for both the local authority and the Swaledale Alliance. She developed the materials for the Swaledale Alliance Partnership School Review Process and completed her dissertation on this project as part of her Masters Degree. One of Kate’s strengths is the creative curriculum and she has previously worked as an AST specialising in ICT and Music.

Jon Sykes

Headteacher at Hipswell

 Jon Sykes

Jon is a very experienced and well respected Headteacher, working in North Yorkshire. He has previously led a small primary school and is now a serving Headteacher at Hipswell Church of England Primary School on Catterick Garrison. 

His experience of leading two very different schools ensures he understands the issues facing Headteachers. 

Jon has supported other schools on a range of issues linked to school improvement.


Charlotte Harper

Executive Headteacher of the BAWB Collaboration

 Charlie Harper

Charlotte is currently the Executive Headteacher of the BAWB Federation (Bainbridge, Askrigg and West Burton) in Wensleydale. Prior to this, she was the deputy head of a large city school and has leadership experience in a number of different primary settings all facing very different challenges. Charlotte’s most recent experience is around the development of effective partnership work; improving the quality of education for all pupils and addressing many of the challenges faced by very small, rural primary schools. Charlotte has recently led two of her schools through a section 8 inspection (both with a ‘good’ outcome) and two through an ‘outstanding’ SIAMS inspection. She is particularly keen to ensure high-quality professional development and opportunity for staff in order to grow capacity

Lindsay Evans

Executive Headteacher at Spennithorne and Middleham

 Lindsay Evans

Lindsay Evans has been a head teacher for 10 years, mainly leading small primary schools.  She has held a number of teaching and leadership roles from as far afield as Malaysia to closer to home in County Durham and North Yorkshire.  She has experience of teaching across all year groups and has held leadership roles in large schools in affluent and socially deprived areas as well as various headships in both community and church schools. 

Lindsay is acutely aware of the pressures facing a small school teaching heads and has, with her staff, taken schools forward from their starting point to a good OFSTED judgement.

She is currently the Executive Head Teacher of Spennithorne CE (VC) Primary School and Middleham CE (VA) Primary School. She can offer practical advice, support and guidance to new small school heads within the Swaledale Alliance.

Nicola Dobson

Headteacher at Bolton-on-Swale

 Nicola Dobson

Nicola is currently Headteacher at Bolton-on-Swale St Mary’s Church of England Primary School. She has taught for over 20 years with a wide range of experience across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. In her previous post as Deputy at RAF Leeming Primary she achieved an Outstanding Ofsted judgement and developed a good understanding of the needs of service pupils.

Her strong leadership has secured consistently Good Ofsted outcomes (2012; 2016) and Outstanding SIAMS judgements (2012; 2016). She has a wide range of leadership experience supporting head teachers, governors and leadership teams of schools in challenging situations. She has supported new head teachers and those developing leadership in Church Schools. Within the Swaledale Alliance she has supported PST and Lead Governor recruitment; is a Partnership School Reviewer and delivers the Alliance Middle Leadership development programme. She works closely with Durham University mentoring BA Education students in her role as a School Training Centre Coordinator.