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.


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.


Richard Henderson

Richard Henderson has taught in Stockton for twenty years, working in three different schools.  He is currently the head teacher of Northfield School and Sports College.  During his time as a senior leader in Stockton schools he has led a range of initiatives that have had a positive impact upon students’ learning and outcomes. Richard has a particular interest in curriculum and inclusion. 


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