CfLP Board


Sarah Glass
Executive Director

Sarah Glass

Originally from London, Sarah has made Cumbria her home for the last ten years. Initially the move to the area was to run her own successful hotel and restaurant business whilst latterly raising two young boys. This change in lifestyle followed several years in sales and marketing, predominantly in the travel and property sectors.

"I am very excited about supporting the team at the Centre for Leadership Performance and I'm looking forward to reaching out to local businesses with the great opportunities we have to offer. This effort will be based around our service offerings of Masterclasses, our Short courses and developing tailored leadership solutions. I believe passionately in building and developing local leadership skills which will be key to the continued success of businesses in the area and vital for growing new ones."

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Catherine Eve
Executive Director

Catherine Eve

After a number of years supporting the Centre for Leadership Performance as an associate trainer, Catherine Eve has now joined the team on a permanent basis. Catherine has worked in learning and development for 15 years and brings a wealth of training experience including leadership development and coaching.

Originally from West Cumbria, Catherine has worked in Reading, London and Newcastle. Living and working back in Cumbria she is delighted to be able to support the work of the Centre in developing Cumbria's leaders, "Effective leadership is key to the success of every organisation. A great leader engages others, harnesses their enthusiasm and talent and helps them do their best work. It is a real privilege to do more of the work I love in Cumbria, the place I grew up, where my friends and family work and my own children are starting out on their own careers."

Catherine will focus on growing bespoke leadership work, designing and delivering tailored leadership programmes to meet the needs of local businesses. She will also be involved in the short course programmes and acclaimed Leader2Leader programme. Catherine has recently completed her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, one of the first people in the country to hold the qualification. Her research into leaders and their impact on the optimism and resilience of their employees will help her to bring the latest knowledge and ideas to the leaders of Cumbria.

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Dr Rebecca Weston CPhys, CEng, FInstP, MBA (Oxon)
Chair of the Board

Rebecca Weston

We are delighted to welcome Dr Rebecca Weston as the new chair of our board at the Centre for Leadership Performance.

Rebecca has been a member of the CfLP board since 2012, and brings the benefit of huge experience gained in senior positions at Sellafield in Operations, Technical and Commercial, across a range of nuclear operations and waste management activities. She recently added an Executive MBA to her professional and technical qualifications.

Rebecca has particular expertise in Special Nuclear Material and the back end of the fuel cycle and is currently a senior manager within the Decommissioning Division. She had also been involved in the integrated change programme at Sellafield, with a specific remit on "improving leadership" with a focus on behaviours.

A Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Rebecca is PhD qualified and a Learned Member of the Nuclear Institute. She has volunteered for some 10 years at branch level, having chaired the Cumbria branch for 3 years until the end of 2013 and also served on the Education and Training Committee for the Institute, again demonstrating her commitment to skills, training and development.

CfLP Management


Sharon Nixon
Finance Manager

Sharon Nixon

Sharon was brought up in Dorset and has spent most of her working life in the education sector. She initially worked as a marine geochemist at Southampton University but moved in to academic administration in 2000. She came to Cumbria in 2002 to work at the University of Cumbria (formerly St Martin's College) where her career developed into Enterprise and Outreach work primarily with European-funded projects aimed at supporting local small-to-medium sized enterprises.

She joined CfLP in 2012 initially working on the operational and programme management of supplied in services to the CfLP. Her work then developed into finances and general project management and, most recently, she has focussed in on the finance and office management needs of the business.

"I am a strong believer in opportunity through education and training and during the years that I have worked at CfLP I have seen many examples of this. I am thrilled to be continuing my work at CfLP by focussing in the financial and operational areas of the business, which I love. It is great to be part of a high quality service being delivered in Cumbria to Cumbrians, offering unique facilitative, inspirational and empowering events and programmes that make a real difference."

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Lucy Tompkins
Projects Manager

Lucy Tompkins

Originally from New Zealand, Lucy came to the UK as a teenager and went to school in Leicestershire. She has subsequently lived and worked in London, Edinburgh, Auckland and Vancouver, before moving to Cumbria with her family in 2014. Lucy has a Geography degree from New Zealand, a Masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Canada and is also a qualified secondary school teacher, having recently trained with the Western Lakes Teaching Alliance and the University of Cumbria. Her work background is in environmental consultancy and local government and she brings a wealth of project management experience with her.

"I am passionate about Cumbria and excited to be working at the Centre. My husband is from Cumbria and I recognise the importance of Cumbria retaining and developing its leaders. The work of the Centre for Leadership Performance is instrumental in ensuring this happens". Lucy provides project management support for the diverse range of projects undertaken by the Centre.

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