BePART Educational Trust Governance Structure

Board Members and Trustees

Mike Kilbride

CEO / Accounting Officer

Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of BePART Educational Trust and the Principal at Birkenhead Sixth Form College. In eight years, Mike has overseen a journey of transformation that has resulted in the College being rated as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and winning the UK Sixth Form College of the Year at the TES Further Education Awards 2018. Mike’s academic and teaching foundations lie in Psychology and his ethos of developing each and every student into capable and well-rounded individuals through Positivity, Ambition, Resilience and Thoughtfulness plays a key part in his success as a leader. Mike strongly believes in social mobility, inclusivity and that every student can achieve, no matter where they come from or what their academic starting point may be.

John Cook

Chair Trustee

John has previous experience in large legal law practices and is now a partner at Cook Lawyers, specialising in Employment Services. John has over 20 years’ experience running a business, managing a team, appearing in employment tribunals and advising on employment law and HR issues. John has experience within the education sector and has worked with a number of Wirral schools to offer HR advice and support, employment law and HR support. John leads the Trust’s strategic direction, ensuring the Trust’s vision, aim and objectives are delivered.

Phil Adams


Phil is a qualified Chartered Accountant, currently employed as a Corporate Tax Manager at Langtons Professional Services Ltd. Phil deals mainly with owner-managed business, providing an all-encompassing tax advice service and giving advice on the impact of tax planning strategies on companies’ financial statements to ensure the most effective corporate and personal tax structures are in place. Phil also chairs the Trust Audit Committee.

Lyn Eaton


Lyn served as a member of Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s Corporation from 2010 – 2017 and was elected Chair of the Corporation in March 2014. Lyn was appointed Assistant Principal at Knowsley Community College in 1990 and where she was subsequently appointed Vice Principal in 2007 until her retirement in 2011. Lyn has also worked as an OFSTED inspector and retains an interest in the transformational impact of education on the lives of young people and adults in preparing them for progression to either higher education or sustainable employment.

Rebecca Lawton

Trustee Vice Chair

Rebecca is a Senior School Improvement Officer at Liverpool School Improvement, a company largely owned by Liverpool City Council and is responsible for over 17 schools, undertaking the Local Authority school improvement function in Liverpool. Rebecca is an experienced inspector for both primary and secondary sectors and a subject expert for monitoring the new qualifications. Rebecca runs leadership (NPQ) programmes for School Improvement Liverpool and is currently the course leader for an NPQH programme. Rebecca has worked for the QCDA managing research for the evaluation of the National Curriculum and is now a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

Lyn Lunt


Lyn is a highly experienced transformational consultant providing expertise across several areas, including; Continuous Improvement, Organisational Design, Leadership and Cultural Change. Prior to starting her own consultancy, Lyn worked in financial services as a senior operational leader and has delivered and led several transformation programmes realising significant cost savings. Lyn has worked with executive teams supporting the strategic direction of the business. She is Prince2 and Lean Sigma qualified.

David Hazell


David is an ex-RAF Wing Commander and is now a European Director in a transformational leadership organisation that delivers sustainable culture change in shaping and driving efficiencies within challenging multi role organisations. David’s leadership and project management skills have developed businesses in the oil, gas and banking industries across Europe in delivering Lean and Continuous Improvement capabilities.

Catherine Jones


Catherine retired as Academic Secretary of The University of Liverpool several years ago, where she was responsible for the central administration and support services for students, providing support for the quality assurance and enhancement of academic provision. Catherine was also a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Catherine is an alumna of the University and, post-graduation, worked for a local authority before returning to the University to work in the management of research contracts and scholarships. Catherine later managed the University’s governance and Teaching Quality division before being appointed Academic Secretary. Catherine remains a Trustee of North West Cancer Research.

Nicholas Roe-Ely


Nicholas is currently an Investment Director with Rathbone Investment Management and has over 35 years global investment experience, managing investment portfolios, client relationships and growing assets. Nicholas is an experienced pension fund trustee, has a track record of significant professional achievement and is a strong institutional and corporate network intermediary.

John Syvret CBE


John is the Chief Executive of Cammell Laird Ltd and has vast business experience. Under John’s stewardship, Cammell Laird has gone from tragedy when the company went under in 2001 to triumph when John re-established ship repairs at the yard which now employs over 800 staff. Today, Cammell Laird is rapidly expanding as a cutting edge engineering services specialist and its highly skilled workforce and extensive world class facilities are used to support a broad range of sectors and projects.