Management Board

Campus Stockton Alliance has a management board which takes a strategic overview of all he work of the alliance. It is made up to a range of partners who all have different expertise to offer.

Chris Aitkin

Chris Aitkin is the Project Director for Campus Stockton Teaching School Alliance. Chris is also the Director of Teaching at Conyers School. Chris has a wealth of experience in school improvement in the local area and his real passion is seeing children benefit from teacher excellence in the classroom.


Craig Walker

Craig Walker, has 34 years of experience of working in challenging and interesting North East schools. His 25 years of management include 17 year at Pennywell School in Sunderland. He was Headteacher at Stanley School of Technology and is currently Headteacher at Northfield School and Sports College in Billingham. Craig is the current Chair of Campus Stockton Alliance and the Stockton SCITT.


Diane McConnell

Diane McConnell has taught across the age ranges in a variety of primary and secondary schools in the north of England and in West Africa, specialising in English teaching and inclusion.

For the past 15 years Diane has worked as a consultant and adviser in school improvement in several different local authorities. She has a Masters Degree and was accredited as both a Primary and a Secondary School Improvement Partner. Since 2010, Diane held the post of Chief Adviser with Stockton Borough Council managing the Education Improvement Service.

She is now Head of Schools and SEN. Her objective is to build sustainable, safe and successful learning communities through working with a wide range of partners so that no child is left behind and standards rise.


Elisabeth Lee

Elisabeth has been Head at Myton Park for 3 years, following work in several Primary Schools spanning 22 years, having had a variety of leadership roles in school of varying socio-economic profiles. Over time she has lead several subjects including Maths, Science and PE, but her real passion is SEND.

Lis completed her Masters through York University in 1998 following 2 years of Study. She researched the impact of peer marking and assessment within her own classroom practice, so developed the bug for detailed and focused reflection early on in her career.

At Myton, Lis is planning an exciting project in partnership with Thinkwell to look at the way children learn to help build the skills of determination, resilience and exploration in their learning. They are a high attaining school, but they believe by really developing a very positive attitude to lifelong learning, then the opportunities for the children and the success they could achieve are really very exciting!


Elizabeth Horne, CBE

Elizabeth is the Chief Executive of Horizons Specialist Academy Trust (HSAT), a Multi–Academy Trust currently comprising three special schools in Stockton: Abbey Hill Academy & Abbey Hill Sixth Form, Green Gates Academy, and Westlands Academy and Residential.

Qualified as both a secondary and primary teacher, Elizabeth then moved into special education – gaining a range of postgraduate qualifications, completed by a Masters in Education. She was also in the first group of educationalists in Scotland to gain the Scottish Qualification in Headship (SQH).

With experience of headship in 3 special schools in both the state and independent sector, Elizabeth then moved to Stockton – becoming Executive Head of what was then Stockton Borough First Federation. Her breadth and depth as an educationalist is further evidenced by her substantial past experience as a former Associate Assessor with HMIe (Scotland’s equivalent of Ofsted) and also as a former senior education officer with responsible for the delivery of services for SEN within a local authority education directorate.

Elizabeth brings an unrivalled ability to support collaborative and collegiate working across HSAT’s academies and the wider professional community – with professional learning and CPD strategies as particular strengths. In addition, Elizabeth is also personally able to share valuable approaches to developing leadership, ensuring effective self-evaluation as well as implementing robust approaches to quality assurance.


Karen Norton

Karen Norton started her career in an inner city school in Birmingham. She has been the Headteacher of Junction Farm Primary for the last 7 years. Having worked for Stockton for 25 years Karen has also worked in 2 other contrasting schools within the Authority. She sits on the S.C.I.T.T Board, SEN Panel and School to School Support group and is also a School Improvement Advisor for Stockton.


Louise Spellman

Louise Spellman has been Head Teacher at Conyers School for 3 years. She is the Chair of Stockton Head Teachers and Principals Group. She works closely with local and national networks to bring about improvements in our education system. Louise has a particular interest in leadership development and succession planning.


Maria Carlton

Throughout the last 20 years, Maria Carlton has worked in a variety of schools across Teesside. The majority of her career has been spent in the Middlesbrough Authority as a teacher, Assistant Head and Deputy Headteacher.  Maria was Headteacher at Wolviston Primary, Billingham moving the school from good in 2009 to outstanding in 2014 . In September 2015 Maria took up a new post at Bewley Primary School, Billingham. She is currently a member of Stockton Schools Forum and the Chair of the CPD group within the Campus Stockton Alliance.


Simon White

Simon White is currently the head teacher of Egglescliffe school and sixth form college in Stockton. He has been a head teacher in three diverse schools in Yorkshire and the North East over the last 12 years. During this time, Simon has been a member of the national head teacher steering group for the SSAT and chair of the national humanities steering group. To complement his current headship, Simon is also a school improvement adviser, educational consultant for Navigate and a National Leader for Education