About The Chairman

Nigel Robson

NigelRobsonNigel was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and his involvement in Academies stretches back to 2002, when as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce in the North East he was determined to address the issue of historic underperformance of many of the regions LEA secondary schools. He was a lawyer in an international law firm and his positions included International Head of Engineering and Construction, Global Head of Energy, and Managing Partner. He was an accredited Mediator, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Nigel joined the Board of Emmanuel Schools Foundation in 2008, and became Chair of the Academy in 2011. He is married with five children, twelve grand-children, living in Cumbria, and his interests are family, Lakeland fell walking, rugby, mountain biking, Tuscan village life and history.

Nigel is chair of United Learning Trust, with lead responsibility for their Northern Secondary Academies, and chairs the Education, Standards and Performance Committee. He is a trustee of the theological training college, St John’s and Cranmer Hall, Durham University. He supports the Carlisle Diocese, including its educational responsibilities through The Good Shepherd MAT.