Welcome to a New Trustee!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Alison Hooper as a Trustee at Empower Trust.

Alison’s teaching career began in Moss Side, Manchester in 1989 after completing a B.Ed. Honours degree, specialising in primary mathematics. She became a member of the Senior Leadership Team in her second year of teaching, leading on Mathematics. The school was a hub for research and was a significant contributor to the World Studies Programme in the early 90s. Her teaching was recognised in this research and contacts have been maintained throughout her career. Alison’s interest in Development Education and the importance of global learning has been an integral aspect of her career.

In 1997 Alison moved from Manchester to Cheshire to take up the role of Deputy Headteacher at a large junior school. She was instrumental in transforming the curriculum at this school and in managing the amalgamation of her school with an associated Infant School alongside a new Headteacher. In 2005 she moved on to become the Headteacher of a primary school in Cheshire, where she embedded global education in the curriculum making it a mainstay of pupils’ personal development and overarching school culture. This work was underpinned by her role as a British Council Ambassador and her school was accredited with 5 consecutive International Schools Awards, recognising 15 years of excellence in the field as well as gaining the Rights Respecting Schools Gold Award accredited by UNICEF.

She is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and her commitment to shared leadership and desire for excellence resulted in her school being formally recognised by the British Council as a school of excellence for global learning. She has an MA in Development Education and is a recognised trainer in Global Learning. She has led in facilitating training and bespoke support for global school partnerships with UK schools and those in Kenya. At the peak of this work Alison was supporting 36 partnerships and delivering training to teachers in Kenya and the UK.

In September 2023 she stepped away from Headship after 18 years and took on the role of School Improvement Adviser for The Learning Partnership Trust.
Alison is married with two children. She enjoys reading, keeping fit, watching sport and walking the family dog in the fields near home and out on the fells of the Lake District. She believes passionately that to thrive both professionally and personally it is important to demonstrate a commitment to your workplace, community and make an active contribution to make a difference.

On being appointed as a Trustee Alison said “I am delighted to be appointed as a Trustee for the Empower Trust. They are a small collection of schools with big ambitions to ensure they provide the very best education for the children they serve. I am very much looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees to provide equal support and challenge to enable them to fulfil these ambitions.

Empower Trust CEO, Carla Whelan said We are delighted to be able to introduce three new trustees to our board, who bring a wealth of educational expertise and knowledge to Empower.  I was overjoyed when they applied to be a trustee, as each bring a different knowledge of education and understanding of schools and trusts that will add strength to the board.  These new trustees will enhance the boards already well versed challenge and ensure that we are delivering the best possible outcomes for all pupils.”