Movers & Shakers, Politics

Movers & Shakers: Who’s new this week?

Your weeky guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

Lisa Dolan, Principal at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Start date: September 2017
Previous job: Vice-principal of the Nuneaton Academy
Interesting fact about yourself: For the first eight years of her teaching career, Dolan taught at the school she attended as a pupil. She’s fluent in French and German, and worked at a school in Pakistan during a trip there.


Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust

Start date: June 2017
Previous job: Education market director at Capita
Interesting fact about yourself: Hackwood was the CEO of the Auckland Castle Trust for over two years, which helped restore and bring Durham County’s historic Auckland Castle into public use.


Steve Mastin, Subject specialist leader for history, Inspiration Trust

Start date: September 2017
Previous job: Head of history and politics at Sawston Village College
Interesting fact about yourself: Mastin was one of five British teachers flown to Kazakhstan for a month in 2014 to help develop the country’s national curriculum. He has authored an A-level textbook, advised the Department of Education on the history curriculum in England, and says he is passionate about giving every pupil “access to historical knowledge”.


Richard Kueh, Subject specialist leader for religious studies and philosophy, Inspiration Trust

Start date: September 2017
Previous job: Head of religion, philosophy, and ethics at Cambourne Village College
Interesting fact about yourself: When not teaching, Kueh sings with the chapel choir at Downing College, Cambridge.


Sam Johnston, Principal at Avon Valley College

Start date: September 2017
Previous job: Vice-principal (behaviour & inclusion) at Sandown Bay Academy
Interesting fact about yourself: Johnston lived in the US for five years, working in Washington DC and Texas in public, independent and charter schools. This will be his first principalship.


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