Chair of The Trust Board
Paul has developed a skill for business improvement, managing change and growth. He is highly experienced, commercially aware and an adaptable executive, with a proven track record in delivering success over the past 25 years. As a result of his efforts to improve the performance of companies, Paul was shortlisted for the Director of the Year Award by the Institute of Directors. He began his career as a qualified engineer before gaining substantial Managing Director and CEO experience in the aerospace, property, construction, automotive and defence industries.
Chief Executive Officer
Brendan has worked in education for 35 years as a teacher, senior leader, Headteacher of a Community School, Academy Principal, CEO of a SAT and Executive Principal of a cluster of academies. He has wide experience of leading entrepreneurial community focused schools and through this, securing improved outcomes and improved Ofsted judgements. Brendan brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to Great Academies Education Trust where he has been involved with the principals in developing their school improvement strategies, and supporting them to meet the challenge of the pandemic on education provision.
Director of Education
Phil has a national reputation for high quality training, development and support, especially in teaching, learning, curriculum, leadership and management, He has supported a range of national organisations in an advisory capacity and most recently worked for Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. He was the national lead inspector and the national lead trainer for experienced and new inspectors.
Director of Finance and Estates
As a qualified accountant Lucy spent six years at Deloitte working in the public sector advisory team, supporting clients including Multi Academy Trusts, the Department of Education as well as other central government departments. In 2018 Lucy left Deloitte to join a Multi Academy Trust in London and worked as their Chief Operating Officer where she oversaw, amongst other things, the transformation of the financial model at a special secondary school and the transfer of a 14-19 alternative provision into the Trust.