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Member Profiles


Gareth Osborne

Founder and Director of Appletrees Associates - a Consultancy specialising in B2B Services Environments, most notably Professional Services and Education. Key advisory areas include business strategy, strategic marketing, business development and mentoring. Experienced in advising Law Firms, Accountancy firms, Universities, FE Colleges and Business Schools. Additional experience advising GP Practices, Dental Practices, SMEs, Social Enterprises and Charities.



Georg Grodzki

Georg is a finance professional who lives and works in London but he has been a regularly spending time in Yorkshire for many years. He  is specialised on advising investors in bond markets and illiquid financial assets, including infrastructure, and has been active in financial markets for over thirty years. Georg is involved with various organisations in the City of London and serving financial intermediaries in both executive and non-executive roles. Holding a Master´s degree in both Business Administration and Economics Georg is keenly interested in promoting education on financial and economic matters.



Peter Laurence

I am the Development Director of The Brigshaw Co-operative Trust in Leeds, and currently co-ordinating the conversion of six of our schools to multi-academy trust status. I combine this role with supporting groups of schools develop stronger collaborative working, and consultancy work with local authorities. I had two regional roles in Yorkshire and The Humber - as a National College Regional Associate from 2010 to 2013, focusing on succession planning and leadership development, and as TDA Regional Adviser between 2004 and 2006, implementing the workforce reforms and ECM extended services agenda.

I was headteacher of Brigshaw High School from 1997 to 2010, the last two years as a seconded Consultant Headteacher with the local authority. I began my career teaching English as a foreign language in Finland before teaching history at a school in Lincoln and then moving on to subject and pastoral leader roles in Leeds and then deputy headship in Calderdale.  

I’ve been very lucky to have had so many varied and fulfilling roles in our schools and education system, and to have worked with, and learned from, so many great teachers and school leaders.  I look forward to supporting the work of the schools in the Yorkshire Collaborative Academy Trust, and the children and communities they serve.

Liz Pugh

Liz Pugh is a HR professional working within the NHS, she has formerly worked in HR within manufacturing and previously spent many years in headhunting and top level executive recruitment. She has a degree in Theology and Religious studies from Leeds University and a post graduate qualification in HR. Liz is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a qualified mediator and IIP assessor.  Liz is married with one daughter and lives in Harrogate.  


Stephen Root

Stephen is a solicitor and has practised in Harrogate since 1986 dealing mainly with family work. He particularly promotes collaborative law a non-confrontational approach to dealing with issues that arise on divorce and separation. He is also a member of the management committee of the Harrogate Chamber of Trade. All of his three children have attended local state schools and he lives in Harrogate. 

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