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Revealed: The 10 academy ‘experts’ advising DfE on leader development

Group will help ministers devise and deliver a new content framework for MAT leadership development

Group will help ministers devise and deliver a new content framework for MAT leadership development

Ministers have named 10 academy “experts” who will help create “world-class” professional development for other trust leaders.

Nick Weller, CEO of Dixons Academies Trust, will lead the Department for Education’s MAT leadership development offer expert advisory group, it has been revealed today.

Other members include Rebecca Boomer-Clark, CEO at Academies Enterprise Trust, and Maura Regan, CEO of Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust (see full list below).

They will help ministers devise and deliver a new content framework for MAT leadership development, as promised in the schools white paper.

The group will “define the knowledge, skills and behaviours individuals need to perform the role” of CEO at large MATs.

It will also advise on the scheme’s target audience, length and design.

The group met for the first time on August 30, and will continue to meet on a monthly basis, with ministers receiving their advice by the end of 2022.

The group members

  • Nick Weller, CEO, Dixons Academies Trust (Chair)
  • Rebecca Boomer-Clark, CEO, Academies Enterprise Trust
  • Leora Cruddas, CEO, Confederation of School Trusts
  • Nikki Edwards, CEO, Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust
  • Stuart Lock, CEO, Advantage Schools
  • Thomas Meakin, Partner, McKinsey and Company
  • Jeffery Quaye, National Director of Education and Standards, Aspirations Academies Trust
  • Maura Regan, CEO, Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust
  • Paul Tarn, CEO, Delta Academies Trust
  • David Tibble, Chair of Trustees, Inspiration Trust

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