Former regional schools commissioner Martin Post has been appointed a regional chief executive for the Aspirations Academies Trust.

Post left his role as RSC for north west London and central England earlier this year after five years in the post. He was one of the original eight RSCs. 

It was announced today he will join AAT, which has 14 academies across southern England, as south coast region CEO in October. He is the latest RSC to rejoin the sector after leaving the government role.

Steve Kenning, co-founder and managing director of Aspirations Academies Trust says: “We are absolutely delighted to have Martin join our team. We have worked closely with him over the past five years as our trust has grown. 

“He will bring a great amount of experience and expertise to this new role and will help further Aspirations Academies Trust’s desire to provide an authentic education for the 21st century for all young people.”

It was reported earlier this year that AAT was seeking legal advice after Dorset Council urged the government to stop a school joining the trust because parents were “fearful” of its “tough love” approach.

AAT has also come under fire for its salaries. The Guardian reported in 2016 that Steve and Paula Kenning (his wife who is an executive principal) received more than £400,000 between them in 2014-15 alone.