George is an experienced educationalist. Identified by Ofsted as an exceptional Headteacher, he created an outstanding Language College, a Department for Education (DfE) Training School and Leading Edge School. For over a decade, he successfully combined Headship with the role of Ofsted Inspector.

George actively supported the DfE in the development and expansion of the Training Schools programme and has substantial management and leadership experience; a Mentor for Academy Principals on the SSAT Academy Leadership Programme and a number of National College appointments, including the role of Trainer and Assessor on the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and the Headteacher 'Consultant Leaders Programme'.

George is currently a specialist Education Adviser working with the DfE National Sponsors Unit (NSU) and the DfE academies and free school programmes. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Richard Sachs has had a long and successful career in the NHS focused on governance roles since 1996. During this time he has worked in a variety of NHS settings and he is currently the Director of Quality Governance at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. The transferable skills that he has used in his governor and trustee roles include expertise around Risk Management, Reputational Management, Performance and People Management and Quality Improvement. His governance background in the NHS has equipped him with the ability to ask challenging questions in a non-confrontational way.  Over the course of his career he has had management responsibility for large teams of employees and with that, the HR and legal responsibilities which such a role brings.



Steph’s current role as Senior Innovation Advisor for The GC Business Growth Hub is to support Greater Manchester based businesses to innovate and collaborate with academia.  She also leads a team of specialist innovation and eco-innovation advisors to support businesses across Greater Manchester to commercialise their ideas.

Having worked across the North-West and with over 20 years business development, coaching and management experience across all industry sectors she has helped both start-up and established high performing businesses to innovate and grow. She has owned/managed her own businesses, is educated to Masters’ level (Technology Management) and is an qualified ILM L7 Executive Leadership Coach.

Currently working with a rolling portfolio of circa 50 companies/clients on a range of projects to include: disruptive growth strategies, proof of market through to commercialising new products and services, product development, innovation culture, intellectual property and R&D Tax credits, improving and streamlining systems and processes, new business generation techniques and routes to market. 

As a Trustee, Steph brings a wide range of expertise to support the ongoing growth and development of the 



Members of Endeavour Learning Trust
Name Type Date of Appointment End Date
Mr George Lloyd Foundation Member 02 May 2017  
Mr Richard Sachs Foundation Member 12 August 2016  
Mrs Steph Stoker Member 01 July 2022  
Mrs Lesley Gwinnett Accounting Officer 15 November 2011  
Mrs Samantha Finch Chief Financial Officer 01 August 2022  
Mrs Catherine White  Company Secretary 01 September 2022  
Historical Members      
Mr Norman Gibson Foundation Member 25 April 2019 01 July 2022


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