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Members

Members

Right Reverend Paul Ferguson 
Paul studied music at New College, Oxford. After training as a teacher, he had the opportunity to see closely the daily work and ministry of a parish priest. This led him to Westcott House, Cambridge as an ordinand, taking a theology degree at King’s College. Paul was ordained to a title post in Chester and went on to Westminster Abbey, where he was first Chaplain and then Precentor. In 1995 he came to York Minster as Precentor and Residentiary Canon, and in 2001 was appointed Archdeacon of Cleveland. He was consecrated as Bishop of Whitby in June 2014. Date of commencement as Diocesan Member with Ebor Academy Trust: 1 December 2016.

Reverend Martin Harrison
Martin worked in the NHS as a radiographer for ten years before training at Trinity College Bristol for ordination. He has served as a clergyman in the Diocese of York for over 27 years, working in three benefices. Martin has been Rural Dean, and a Chaplain at York Hospital. Currently he is a Training Incumbent and Vicar of Strensall. Martin has been a governor at two schools over a period of 20 years and is a trustee for the Strensall based Wilkinson, Cobb and Hodgson Trust. Date of commencement as WCHT Member with Ebor Academy Trust: 1 December 2013.

Andrew Smith
Andrew is the Diocesan Director of Education (DDE) for York Diocese. He is a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience in primary education working in York and North Yorkshire. Andrew has also worked successfully in a number of collaborative partnerships, including within Teaching School Alliances and with schools overseas, particularly focusing on developing effective school leadership and shared curriculum development. He currently represents the Diocese of York Educational Trust (DYET) as a corporate member on Multi Academy Trusts and is a director of DBE Services, a consortia of several Church of England dioceses in the north of England. Date of commencement as Diocesan Member with Ebor Academy Trust: 1 December 2016.

Dr Caroline Elbra-Ramsay
As Deputy of the School of Education at York St John University, Caroline has a particular focus on Initial Teacher Education. She works alongside subject directors, course leads, lecturers and school partners to ensure student teachers are professional, reflective practitioners who are ‘classroom ready.’ Caroline has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before joining York St John, Caroline was deputy headteacher at a local primary school. Her teaching experience includes Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Date of commencement as York St John University Member with Ebor Academy Trust: 12 January 2020.

Richard Thompson
Richard studied mathematics at Lincoln College, Oxford before a career in the railway industry. Since taking early retirement, he has become a trustee for the Strensall based Wilkinson, Cobb and Hodgson Trust and is currently its secretary and treasurer. He was a director of the Robert Wilkinson Trust, chair of its finance and staffing committee and a member of the curriculum, development and wellbeing committee. Date of commencement as WCHT Member with Ebor Academy Trust: 1 December 2016.