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Dr Lorna Cork, MBE


 Dr Lorna Cork is a woman who embodies the 'Yes We Will '  mantra. She is a natural and inspirational leader. Dr Cork has received an  MBE for services to education  in recognition of the outstanding and innovative  nature of her work.

She is  a  senior level leadership and education consultant, coach and social entrepeneur, assisting school leadership teams,  School Improvement Services and individuals in local communities & organisations  to improve performance and become better leaders and better learners. 

Dr Cork retains her interest in academia, research and policy through her associate tutor position with the University of Leicester's Masters degree in Educational Leadership.

Lorna  has a strong professional and personal interest in combining school based support, academia and policy advice with supporting parents, families and individuals in community and wider organisational settings. 

Starting from a very 'ordinary' background, and inspired by her own mother who brought up four children single handedly when widowed at a very early age, Lorna has defied the statistics of gender, ethnicity and social class.  She completed a Masters degree part time while working  as a senior leader  and subsequently pursued a PhD at the university of Cambridge which was later published by Routledge as a highly acclaimed book.  Whilst at Cambridge she combined her PhD studies with creating  an award winning mentoring organisation for children, parents and young people in the local community and was the Vice President of the Cambridge University Caribbean Students' Society. 


Of Jamaican heritage, Dr Cork  was invited by the Jamaican High Commission UK to be part of their newly formed Jamaica Education Taskforce, UK (JET UK)  in March 2014 and was nominated Assistant Coordinator of the Taskforce.  In 2015  she had the distinct privilege of being nominated  as presenter of the  UK's education presentation  on behalf of JET UK. The  intensive planning and preparation, and consultation with group and community members ensured a successful presentation which was well-received by the Diaspora audience. 

The  Diaspora Day of   Service mentoring sessions with secondary school and Higher Eduction partners was equally successful  and   especially rewarding, showing the benefits of partnership working from the UK and JA, with the support of the Jamaican High Commission.

To learn more register now for the community engagement Jamaica Diaspora education focus  feedback event in Birmingham, West Midlands.  



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