Tributes after sudden death of former Cumbria education chief

Caroline Sutton
Caroline Sutton

Tributes have been paid to a former Cumbria County Council education chief who has died suddenly at the age of 53.

Caroline Sutton, who was known as Carrie, was taken critically ill on Friday and is understood to have suffered a number of strokes after being rushed to hospital.

She had moved to Oldham after taking voluntary redundancy from her role with Cumbria County Council, where she spent five years working as the authority's assistant director of schools and learning.

After leaving Cumbria, she joined the senior leadership team at Oldham Council where she was said to have cultivated a "fantastic" relationship with colleagues and councillors. She was described as a "passionate and formidable public servant".

In Cumbria, she played a key role in shaping the county's secondary education.

The news of her death was broken in a poignant email sent out to all staff at Oldham Council by the authority's chief executive Carolyn Wilkins.

The message read: “It is with deep sadness and regret that I write to you this morning to inform you of the passing of Carrie Sutton.

“She will be deeply missed as a colleague and a friend.”

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