"Cheryle joined Lincolnshire County Council in April 2000 as Director of Education and Cultural Services. Her previous post was Corporate Director, Education and Leisure in Middlesbrough.Her career started in teaching in 1971 and from 1984-1989 she was Head teacher at Spalding Gleed Girls’ School in Lincolnshire and then from 1989-1998 Head teacher at High Storrs School, Sheffield, an 11-18 Comprehensive School of 1800 students. She has been a member of a number of National strategy groups, including National Steering Group Investors in People, Member of Steel Industry NTO (New Entrants Panel), Local Government Association Education and Lifelong Learning Core Adviser. She has chaired the Teachers’ International Professional Development Group for the DfES. She has also Chairman of Lincolnshire/Rutland Education Business Partnership, Board Member of Lincolnshire/Rutland LSC, Board Member of Lincolnshire/Rutland Connexions and Governing Body of University of Lincoln.
"Cheryle was the innovator behind the setting up of the first Rural Academy in England, launched in October 2001, which promotes Lifelong Learning using 21st Century technology to link schools, colleges and universities in the South Holland District. She also started (in September 2002) the first Coastal Academy in England using similar principles and covering East Lindsey and Boston Districts. The Gainsborough Academy was launched in 2004.
"Finally, Dr Berry has also encouraged the development of specialist schools in Lincolnshire. In 2000 there were just four, there are now fifty specialist schools covering a wide range of specialisms: technology, science, maths and IT, performing arts, modern languages, humanities, business and enterprise, sport etc.
"Cheryle is proud of the achievements of Lincolnshire’s schools due to the dedication and commitment of staff, governors, parents and the wider community. She has always aimed for “Every School a Good School” and believes that Education and Lifelong Learning are fundamental to the life chances and quality of life for people of all ages.
- Trustee, Lincolnshire Community Foundation