Who we are
Directorate
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Julie Taylor
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Chair
Julie is Chief Executive and Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough, one of the largest academies in the country with over 2000 pupils aged 7-19, which she has taken from RI to good in her first two years in post. The Thomas Deacon Academy opened in Peterborough in 2007 and was one of the first academies to be created. Three predecessor schools amalgamated into one large academy for 2200 students and a staff of 380 in a building designed by Sir Norman Foster. This is her third headship, having previously been Headteacher at a community school in Fareham and then Principal at an academy in Hampshire. She has worked as a teacher in many parts of the country including Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, her native South Wales, the Isle of Wight and Bury St Edmunds. She is passionate about developing student leadership, and about innovative school building design to support use of ICT to drive school improvement. She is the elected Chair of Schools of Tomorrow, a Microsoft Global Partner in Learning, as well as national state school representative on the Executive Board of the Combined Cadet Force Association.
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Malcolm Groves
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Joint Managing Director
Malcolm has over 40 years experience at the forefront of educational innovation, embracing primary and secondary education, youth work and adult education. He has been a registered OFSTED inspector, local authority inspector, school improvement partner, NPQH assessor, and national adviser to SSAT, where among other things he introduced tailored improvement programmes for specialist schools in challenging circumstances, school and community engagement development programmes, and international professional development for teachers. He holds a doctorate in school leadership at the University of Warwick and has contributed to the research and writing of the leadership curriculum for NCTL. His book 'Regenerating Schools', published by Continuum in 2008, was described by Professor Brian Caldwell as 'outstanding'. He is an accredited member and a director of the Society of Education Consultants and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Anne McCormick
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Joint Managing Director
Anne works as a consultant following 18 years service as a headteacher in 3 schools. She is a National Leader of Education, chair of a Teaching School Alliance, and a trustee of the Eastern Leadership Centre. She is passionate about leadership development and succession planning and has coached a number of senior leaders into headship. She has extensive governance experience - including Academy governance.
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Clive Corbett
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Director
Clive has been Headteacher of Pershore High School since 2002. He is a Local Leader in Education, Fellow of the University of Worcester, and Chair of the Worcestershire Schools Forum. Prior to that he was Deputy Head Teacher and senior leader in 3 schools over 23 years all secondary. Clive's experience also includes: Facilitator on the Leadership for Tomorrow and Innovative Leadership for the Future programmes Winner of the Leadership Award for the West Midlands. Governor of the Aspire Academy (Worcester) Free School. Trustee of the Pershore Riverside Youth Centre. Local Facilitator/Coach/Mentor for the NPQH. SSAT Head teachers Steering Group and Chair of the Community Expert Panel.
Council
Simon Adams
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Deputy Head, Small Health School, Birmingham
Clive Corbett
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Head, Pershore School
Isabel Davis
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Executive Head, Bedford Nursery Schools Federation
Juliet Strang
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Consultant
Hilary Wigston
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Director, Bright Field Consulting
Helen Salmon
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Formely Principal, Tavistock College
Paul Kilgallon
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Head, St Barnabas CE First and Middle School, Drakes Broughton
Hayley Mapp
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Head, Victoria Park Primary Academy, Smethwick
Mike Bennett
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Head, Ridgeway Academy, Redditch
Staff
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Sandra Munday
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Administrator
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Helen Salmon
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Associate Director
Helen recently retired as Principal of Tavistock College, a member of a cooperative trust. She was appointed to bring the school from special measures four years ago, and has moved it to its present good rating. This was achieved in 2013, and according the inspection report 'Tavistock College has improved rapidly since its last inspection due to the very effective leadership of the Principal and her leadership teams.' Tavistock is the second school Helen has been appointed to lead out of special measures.
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Juliet Strang
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Associate Director
Juliet has 23 years of successful senior leadership experience. Seventeen of these have been as a head teacher in two different and very challenging inner city schools. She is a confident, innovative leader with very strong school experience and a particular interest in for futures thinking and development.
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Isabel Davis
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Associate Director
Isabel is Executive Head of Bedford Nursery Schools Federation and Chief Executive of Peter Pan Teaching School Alliance. She is a National Leader of Education.
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Penny Stubbs
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Finance Manager
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