Meet the Members and Trustees

Meet the Members and Trustees

Furness Education Trust Board Members

Mr Steve Timms

Mr Steve Timms

Steve is the Managing Director of BAE Systems Submarines. With a 40 year career at BAE Systems, Steve previously held the Managing Director post at BAE Systems Naval Shipyards before moving to the Submarines role in Barrow in Furness. Steve has experience working on high profile contracts, with a background in Engineering and Business Management.

Mr Craig Bland

Mr Craig Bland

Craig is a Programme Director at BAE Systems Submarines. He brings leadership, business and programme management skills and experience to the Trust. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Craig has worked for BAE Systems for 36 years and has held several senior roles across project management, engineering and operations.

Mrs Janet Garner

Mrs Janet Garner

Janet is Principal of the Submarines Academy for Skills and Knowledge at BAE Systems. Janet joined BAE Systems in 1986, and has a long career in HR focusing on people and skills. Janet brings workforce planning, talent acquisition, organisational effectiveness and learning and development experience to the Trust.

Furness Education Trustees

Jackie Arnold

Jackie Arnold

James Brimelow

James Brimelow

James is the Senior Finance Manager for the Astute Programme within BAE Systems Submarines and has responsibility for the financial management of Boats 4-7. Prior to joining BAE Systems in 2017 he worked in Finance at Raytheon and the Ministry of Defence. James brings a number of years of finance and accounting experience to the Trust.

Phil Athersmith

Phil Athersmith

Phil is the Head of Early Careers at BAE Systems Submarines, responsible for the delivery of the Apprentice, Graduate and Undergraduate programmes in Barrow and across the South of England. Proior to this, Phil worked across a range of education providers initially as an Assessor but later becoming an Internal Verifier and Lecturer. Phil brings programme development, planning, and learning development experience to the Trust.

Hilary Ellam

Hilary Ellam

Hilary is an education specialist and consultant. Hilary began her career as a Children’s Nurse and created one of the first Children’s Trusts in England. Hilary has worked as a Senior Manager in the Department for Education, delivering grants to schools and educational psychology training. Hilary brings skills and experience in education, children’s health and psychology, educational funding and SEND to the Trust.

Graeme Corkill

Graeme Corkill

Graeme was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness, joining BAE Systems Submarines as an apprentice upon leaving school. He is now a Chief Engineer and has been in the business for 20 years. Graeme is also is a Chartered Engineer. Graeme has experience promoting engineering through STEM activities within local schools Graeme brings experience in STEM, leadership and governance to the Trust.

Jayne Moorby

Jayne Moorby

Jayne is Head of Marketing at Oxley Group. Jayne holds a Marketing degree and CIM Post Graduate Diploma and has wide expertise in business management. Jayne is committed to skills development and chairs the Cumbria Cornerstone Careers Group. Named in the UK’s 100 most influential ‘drivers of cultural change’ Jayne champions projects to promote equality and brings community & business knowledge to the Trust.

David Kelly

David Kelly

David is an Education Specialist and is the co-author of a Complete Geography for Cambridge IGCSE (OUP), Geography for Cambridge IGCSE Revision Guide (OUP) and Geography for Cambridge International AS and A Level (OUP). He has been a Principal Examiner for Cambridge IGCSE Geography since 2004 and an Examiner for Cambridge International Examinations since 1978. David has 37 years of teaching experience from GCSE to A Level, with five of these years as Principal of Barrow Sixth Form College.

Steve McKinnell

Steve McKinnell

Stephen is a Project Manager at BAE Systems Submarines. He joined BAE Systems in 2013, having previously worked in international development and local government. He is a Chartered Project Professional and holds postgraduate degrees in Business and Management Research and Business Administration. He brings skills and experience in project management, sustainable development and corporate responsibility to the Trust Board.

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