Speakers

Lord Theodore Agnew

Lord Theodore Agnew

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Schools System

Lord Theodore Agnew was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System on 28 September 2017 and lead non-executive board member at the Ministry of Justice in July 2015.

Loed Agnew previously served as a non-executive board member at the Department for Education, where he was chair of the department's Academies Board from 2013 to 2015.

Outside of the department, Lord Agnew founded Somerton Capital LLP in 2007 and co-founded the WNS Group (a US listed company) in 1990.

Jan Renou

Jan Renou

Regional Schools Commisioner, North of England

Jan was appointed Regional Schools Commisioner for the North of England in September 2014.

Prior to her appointment, Jan was the Executive Head of Skipton Girls' High School for 12 years leading the school through two 'Outstanding' Ofsted inspections.  Jan also steered the school to be the first all-girls school in the UK to gain specialist status in engineering; the school is nationally recognised for its work to promote girls and STEM.  Skipton Girls' Hogh School became a National Support School and Teaching School under Jan's leadership.

As a National Leader of Education, Jan had a proven track record of raising standards through school-to-school support, working with the National College and Manchester Challenge.  Jan has also previously provided support to Ofsted, contributing as an additional inspector.

Jan is responsible for monitoring academy performance and prescribing necessary intervention, taking decisions on the creation of new academies and free schools, ensuring sponsor market meets local need and taking decisions on significant changes to open academies.

Zoe Carr

Zoe Carr

CEO, WISE Academies

My name is Zoe Carr and I serve as the Chief Executive Officer of WISE Academies Multi-Academy Trust in the North East of England. The Trust works predominantly in areas of high deprivation across 3 Local Authorities and will consist of at least 11 academies by September 2018. I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1995 and have spent the last 14 years in school leadership. I gained NLE status in 2016, Ofsted Inspector status in 2017 and was honoured in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list, where I received an OBE for Services to Education. I have gained insight into all aspects of academy performance, accountability and
operation through my role as CEO and work on the Regional School Commissioner’s Head Teacher Board (HTB) for the North.

Jim Farquhar

Jim Farquhar

Chief Operating Officer, Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust

Jim Farquhar qualified as an accountant in 2005 with Gateshead Council and held a number of senior roles with that organisation including Group Finance Manager and Chief Internal Auditor. In 2015 Jim moved into the education sector when appointed as Director of Finance & Corporate Services for St. Hilda’s Catholic Academy Trust, a new MAT of 11 schools in Middlesbrough. Jim has also recently been appointed as Chief Operating Officer for the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust which will see the merger of 4 existing Catholic MATs into one Trust of 25 schools from September 2018.
In his spare time Jim is a serving officer in the Royal Naval Reserve and a keen runner and fell walker.

Helen Keough

Helen Keough

Helen Keough is the Vice Principal for Data and Progress for Carmel College in Darlington and ST Michael's Academy in Billingham.  Both schools are part of the Carmel Multi Academy Trust.  Helen also works within the whole trust to deliver school support including CPD.  This work covers both primary and secondary phases.  She has a proven record of raising attainment and progress across the secondary phase including post 16 and has worked in a senior position with headteachers to design, implement and drive new whole school strategies.  Helen has a background in pastoral care and also in the data for school improvement and is a keen proponent of evidence based research for the continual improvement of standards in education.

Rob Tarn

Rob Tarn

CEO, NET

Prior to becoming a CEO, Rob had considerable experience of working to ensure rapid transformation of schools in Special Measures.  He has previously worked as Principal in six secondary schools across six local authorities over a six-year period.  Two of these schools moving from Special Measurers to Good with Outstanding Leadership within one year of intervention as Principal and four now grading as Ofsted outstanding in all categories.

Rob presents regularly on rapid school improvement, curriculum-led financial planning and has been involved in the training of MAT CEOs.  As CEO of Northern Education Trust he is leading on the introduction of the ‘NORTHERN’ Model of School Improvement across the Trust.

David Bailey

David Bailey

David is the Director of Research & Development for Carmel Education Trust.

 

He is currently leading the Tees Valley Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) project in Mathematics and has also established a seconf SSIF project in Science.  He is also leading a team that has been successful in securing funding from the Education Endowment Foundation and welcome Trust to carry out a large-scale trial of the 'Leadership Lite' intervention.  He will also be working on a pilot study of the 'Deeper Thinking' intervention, which aims to support improvement in GCSE Science with around 10-12 schools in the area around the Tees Valley.

David also supports primary and secondary schools in the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) academy chains as the Northern Regional Lead for Science, leading primary science training and support.  Over the last year, he has worked with the All-North Teaching Schools as a SSIF Commission Coordinator to support applications for funding.  He is currently a School Governor for Federation of Abbey Schools in Darlington.

David continues to work in the classroom as part of his current role, modelling lesson and mentoring and coaching teachers.  The teachers and trainers that he has worked with are able to report and evidence a positive impact of his work on their pupils.  Earlier this year, he was awarded the prestigious Senior Facilitator status by STEM Learning on the basis of proven impact on schools.

Follow David on twitter @Class_Leading

Julie Cordiner

Julie Cordiner

Education Funding Specialist, School Financial Success

Julie is a qualified accountant, former Assistant Director of Education and now an independent consultant specialising in school funding and education finance. She has worked in education for 35 years, including 8 years as a local authority representative on the DfE’s advisory group on school funding reform.
Julie is passionate about education and wants to help existing and aspiring school leaders, including SBLs and governors, to make the best use of their resources to achieve better outcomes for children and young people. In 2015 Julie co-founded School Financial Success with Nikola Flint, a School Business Director, blogging regularly at https://schoolfinancialsuccess.com, and publishing books and online courses. You can sign up for free regular newsletters and analysis of major school funding
changes via their website.

Philip Hamilton OBE

Philip Hamilton OBE

Philip is a chief executive office of Community Academies Trust which comprises 16 schools.

His previous experience includes teaching in and leading city and rural secondary schools.  More recently, he served as an executive Headteacher in a larger 11-18 comprehensive school before leading and growing a successful cross phase multi-academy trust.

Philip is also a National leader of Education and OFSTED inspector.  He was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to education. 

Paul Carvin

Paul Carvin

Chair of The Board of Trustees of The Three Rivers Learning Trust

Paul has been involved in education all his working life.  He started out as a Geography teacher and, subsequently, had experience as a senior leader in a larger secondary school.  He then moved into advisory and inspection work, including for Ofsted.  Before retiring, Paul was Head of Education for Gateshead Council. 

He is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, a Multi Academy Trust of seven schools and just over 3000 students in Northumberland.  In this time consuming role, he is passionate about promoting high standards and ensuring that all students receive the very best, wide reaching and appropriate curriculum to suit their needs and expectations.  In his spare time and for relaxation, Paul loves restoring old houses, walking in the hills with his dog and coaxing vegetables to grow on his allotment.

Mark Tait

Mark Tait

Business Director at the Three Rivers Learning Trust, since 2010.  Previously a School Business Manager at Abbeyfields First School following a 20 year financial services career with Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor

CEO at the Three Rivers Learning Trust, since September 2018.  Previously a secondary Head Teacher in Gateshead and then in Northumberland.  Executive Headteacher at the Three Rivers between 2013-2018.

Gareth Edmunds

Gareth Edmunds

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Gareth has worked for over twenty years' in finance within the public, commercial and voluntary sectors.  Experienced in successfully leading and developing financial management, financial services, payroll, internal audit, risk management, insurance and ICT.

He is CIMA, CIPA and Prince2 qualified.  Gareth joined Northern Education Trust in 2013 as Director and progressed in 2017 to lead on the Trust's Finances and Operations offering leadership in a wider range of corporate services and governance responsibilities.

Gareth has held a number of Non-Executive Director posts and in 2016 co-founded the North East and Cumbria Director Finance Forum (NECDoFF).  In 2018 Gareth was recognised as the North East Accountancy Awards as Director of Finance of the Year.

Phil Carr

Phil Carr

Director of Curriculum

Phil began his career teaching in 1996 of Mathematics in a 11-16 school in Sunderland before moving to Teesside where he has lived and worked since 1997.  Phil has spent the last 23 years in teaching and has always worked in schools located in areas of high socio-economic deprivation.  Phil has over 20 years' experience of school leadership in Local Authority and Multi Academy Trust schools as a maths teacher, Head of ICT, Assistant Principal-Curriculum and Data, Vice Principal -Outcomes, and Director of Curriculum.  In his current role Phil is responsible for trust wide Curriculum Led financial Planning as a key component of Northern Education Trust's 'NORTHERN' improvement model across all of its Primary and Secondary academies.

Nick Blackburn

Nick Blackburn

FRSA

Prior to his move into Leadership positions Nick was as outstanding teacher, a local Authority Lead Teacher for Numeracy, Literacy & Inclusion and provided exemplar/modelling of best practice for the National Strategies.  Nick also sat on the DFE National Strategies Steering Group as a teacher representative.

Following two deputy headships, one in Kings Cross, London, then in Darlington and a period of acting headship, Nick became a substantive Headteacher in 2007.  In 2012 Nick became Executive Headteacher of two primary schools and subsequently led on the formation of a MAT.  Nick is now CEO of Lingfield Education Trust.  The trust has 7 schools currently, 5 Inclusion Resource Bases and a Low Incidence Needs SEND team.  They have successfully sponsored three schools and serve a vulnerable school population with the mission to ensure that all pupils are able to meet their potential and enjoy a rounded educational experience that educates the whole child and balances wellbeing with achievement.

Nick is programme Lead for the Ambition School Leadership Executive Educators Programme and quality assure NPQH and write NPQEL models alongside content desogn and candidate assessment.  Nick visits and supports schools and groups of schools to facilitate and guide them through the early stages of MAT conversation.  Nick believes that if enabled all can achieve and through refelction and action all leaders can be great.  Nick also believes that people develop in a climate of trust where there is a balance between the challenges faced and skills used.  Nick has successfully coached and developed many leaders at all levels in schools and has a strength and a great track record in supporting leadership in schools that are in challenging circumstances.

Nick is founding trustee of North East Wellbeing, a successful charity dedicated to providing high quality therapeutic services to children and families.  Nick also works as an advocate for local refugee families.

 

Natalie Fountain

Natalie Fountain

Regional Hub Leader - Wise Academies

After qualifying in 2002, Natalie started her teaching career at Town End Primary School in Sunderland.  Natalie's first leadership role was as a maths subject leader.  This led to her becoming a leading maths teacher within the Local Authority, supporting leaders and teachers to improve maths within their schools.  In January 2008 Natalie was promoted to deputy headteacher of Benedict Biscop Church of England Primary School in Sunderland where she worked for five years before taking up post as headteacher at St Paul's Church of England Primary School in 2013.

During her time as a deputy headteacher, Natalie played a pivotal role as part of the senior team in securing improvement; the impact being evidenced in the schools's outstanding OFSTEAD and SIAMS inspections in 2012, as well as the school consistently being placed in the top 10 schools locally for standards at the end of KS2.  As headteacher, Natalie successfully led St. Paul's CE Primary School from having a local authority concerns notice in January 2013 to being judged by OFSTED as good in October 2013 and, more recently, outstanding in 2018.  Under Natalie's leadership, St Paul's also gained an outstanding SIAMS inspection and outcomes for pupils improvement from below floor standards in 2012 to being in the top 2% of schools nationaly in 2017 and 2018.

Natalie's current role is Regional Hub Leader at WISE Multi Academy Trust where she took up post in September 2018.  Natalie works as part of the executive leadership team to secure improvements and determine the strategic direction of the multi academy trust as well as being the headteacher at Hasting Hill Academy and overseeing the other three Sunderland WISE academies.

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