Chair of Trustees
Delyse has thirty-six years teaching experience in primary schools across North East Lincs. Her most recent role was principal of a large primary school in the centre of Grimsby. Delyse’s previous leadership roles include Early Years, SEND, improving behaviour and attendance and working alongside leadership teams in other schools to develop reading provision. Education has been a significant and rewarding part of Delyse’s life and the opportunity to become a Trustee of Enquire Learning Trust on retirement from teaching, is a great privilege and an opportunity to continue to contribute to the education of young people.
Darren leads the development of the Enquire Learning Trust. In this capacity works with leaders, teachers, local governors and other professionals to enhance leadership, develop teaching and learning, facilitate improvement, foster transformation and generate quality outcomes for young people. Developing effective approaches to collaboration lies at the heart of Darren’s leadership and the work of the Trust. Darren is an experienced leader, coach and facilitator. His specialism is in developing practice, provision and opportunity through reflection on action, enquiry based learning and powerful communities of practice. He has written on a range of leadership issues for journals and national publications and has presented at national and international research conventions. He is an experienced designer of professional development and has a passion for unlocking the potential of others. Darren has made a key contribution to work at regional and national level through the National College, DfE and TDA. His previous experience includes more than 20 years as a teacher, school leader and senior local authority officer. He has worked as a researcher and facilitator for the National College. Together with Ronnie Woods he co-created Enquire in 2006. Darren is a Yorkshire emigre living in the North East. He is married to Suzanne and they have three fantastic children who provide a crucial perspective on learning. In his spare time he reads widely, tends a wildlife garden, walks a dog, plays football and picks a mean guitar!
Originally from Falkirk, Jim left school and entered a career in retail, working the length and breadth of the country and eventually settling in Cleethorpes as Branch Trading Manager. In 1999 Jim decided to settle in Cleethorpes and began a career in financial services. In 2001 Jim opened Argyle Estate Agents and Financial Services Ltd in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, a company which he still operates today. Jim is also a Director of Argyle Lettings Ltd.
Ron Kirk has a strong business background. He works as a Chartered Accountant and Tax Adviser and is currently represents for Great Ayton as a member of Hambleton District Council. He works closely with the Member of Parliament for the Richmond constituency and is Chair of the Richmond Conservative Association.
Sarah leads the Cultural Development Fund programme in Grimsby for North East Lincolnshire Council. This fund has 4 ambitious inter-related strands of activity (public realm, hub and workspace, business development and creative programme) to unlock economic growth and productivity, strengthen local leadership and be truly place-changing. Prior to this, Sarah spent nearly 20 years in various roles in Human Resources as a generalist and leader focussed on coaching, enabling, facilitating, motivating and developing others’ in their practice. Naturally determined, passionate and committed, she’s also an executive member of her local scout group contributing to their charitable aims and vision, a regular runner and travels near and far to discover treasure in plastic containers aka geocaching! Married to Paul, Sarah is also mum to two children who provide an insight into how good educational and wider learning provision provide opportunities, aspiration and ambition to young people.
Ross is a charted accountant and has a strong business background. After training and qualifying through ICAS with PwC, Ross worked as a Group Financial Controller of a £200m turnover international group. This experience as a senior member of the finance team has provided Ross with a commercial insight which he is able to bring to discussions. Over his career Ross spent several years with other top 10 accountancy firms before joining Armstrong Watson as an Audit & Assurance Partner in early 2020 and latterly Sagars as Head of Audit in early 2023. He specialises in looking after charities and multi academy trusts as well as a number of family owned businesses. This experience allows Ross to contribute to discussions regarding good governance and the internal control environment in particular. Ross has two primary school age children and is passionate about the education sector. In his spare time he likes to attend York City football matches (when he gets time) and enjoys playing football.
Dave retired 3 years ago after a working life of over 40 years in education, starting as a Maths and Science teacher for 12 years. Dave took great pleasure in developing the residential experiences for all children but particularly for those from the less advantaged backgrounds. Dave moved to work as a Training Co-ordinator for Governors in the local authority before taking responsibility for Payroll, Human Resources and Catering. After 13 years of working for the local authority, Dave started his own HR & Payroll company, Schools First in September 2000 offering support to Schools across the North of England and became a supporter of the Enquire Learning Trust in its earliest days. Dave was involved in Headteacher Appraisal and assessing Support Staff in their national qualifications. Dave has a keen focus on ensuring that all children have the opportunity to develop their full potential and feels that this reaches its peak when the workforce is focused, enjoying their work and are well motivated.