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Ian Daker BSc (Hons)
Chair of Brook Learning Trust Board
Ian Daker took on the role of Chair of the Brook Learning Trust Board in 2012 having previously joined The Hayesbrook School's governing body in 1998 and acted as Chair of Governors from 2000 to 2014. Ian's dedication to improving education extends to his role as Vice Chair of the Academy Council for The Ebbsfleet Academy and Ian has represented Brook Learning Trust at a variety of national forums. Ian brings with him a wealth of experience from industry where he worked on major civil engineering projects for John Laing Construction and later engaged in corporate property activity with the Royal Mail Group.
Carol Morris BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH
Chief Executive Officer
Carol Morris joined the Trust in 2012 as Strategic Director: Academies, overseeing academy transition and the continuing development and improvement of the academies within the Trust. She took on the role of CEO in January 2016. In her early career Carol taught English in a range of secondary school settings, moving on to middle and senior leadership positions in Kent secondary schools. As a senior leader she was seconded to Kent Local Authority for school to school support work and more recently Carol has worked as an Ofsted inspector in the South of England. As CEO Carol also undertakes outreach work offering quality strategic leadership and management expertise.
Louise Burgess BA (Hons), CPFA
Finance Director/Company Secretary
Louise Burgess joined the Trust in September 2012 as Finance Director and is also the Trust's Company Secretary. Louise began her career as a trainee accountant with Kent County Council (KCC). She remained with KCC for 17 years during which time she worked across a number of departments, but mainly within the Education Service. Louise became Finance Director of a Kent Academy Trust in 2010 before moving to the Brook Learning Trust. Louise sits on the Kent Schools' Funding Forum.
Nicola Taylor BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, NPQH
Nicola Taylor joined the Trust in September 2015 as Education Project Director. This is a varied role working both on internal Trust projects and academy improvement as well as external projects with our partners in the wider world of education. Nicola began her career as a teacher of geography in Essex and moved to work across a range of secondary school settings in middle and senior leadership positions in both Kent and East Sussex. Nicola’s experience is further strengthened by her continued work with number of national training providers and in her role as governor to a local primary school.
Caroline Gurr Assoc CIPD
Human Resources Manager
Caroline Gurr became the Trust's Human Resources Manager in January 2014 having joined The Hayesbrook School in 2006 as HR Coordinator. Caroline’s career started in the financial sector managing recruitment, training and HR projects at Nationwide Building Society's main office in London. After a career break to raise a family Caroline undertook HR management roles in the charity sector before moving into education.
Ruth Murphy BSc (Hons)
Executive Support Officer
Ruth Murphy joined the Brook Learning Trust in February 2014 as HR Coordinator, before becoming the Trust's Executive Support Officer in March 2017. Her career began at Capita Education Resourcing where, as Divisional Manager, she led a team specialising in recruiting into Special Educational Needs settings. Ruth then moved to the HR Team of the Department of Communities and Local Government where her role focussed on the design, delivery and management of a variety of bespoke learning and development solutions.