As a Trust, we acknowledge the need to retain and develop talented staff within our schools. We will use the growth of the MAT to provide professional opportunities for ambitious, skilled staff who share our vision and who are interested in developing their skills. We also have a strong emphasis on ITT development.
We are looking for schools who share our ambitions for the future, whose culture and ethos match ours, and who are committed to providing the very best for their children both academically and socially.
David is a retired Principal Adviser for School Improvement for Sheffield City Council and former Regional Adviser for the National Strategies for the Yorkshire and Humberside Region. These appointments followed a distinguished Teaching and Headship career in York. His experience includes significant support for both school leaders and governors in improving schools and outcomes for pupils, as well as leading on key areas of policy for school development. Part of David’s work with the National Strategies in Yorkshire and Humber was to lead the development of the School Improvement Partner Programme.
David is now retired but has kept close ties with schools in the Yorkshire and Humber area. He has a keen interest in travel and particular enjoys visiting large sporting events both in the UK and abroad.
Phil Crawley has been a commercial solicitor for 10 years and has advised on education law matters including academy conversions for the last 3 years. His experience as a commercial lawyer will enable him to strategically advise the trust regarding contractual relationships with service providers and his educational law role will enable him to offer support to the trust in many different scenarios.
Part of his role as a commercial lawyer is reviewing and interpreting, often complex, financial information provided to him by clients as part of company sale and purchase due diligence. He also liaises on a daily basis with accountants and other corporate finance experts to ensure that the financial information he receives is scrutinised at the right level.
He has been involved in monitoring school data since 2010 and has undertaken school improvement roles at Shaw Wood Academy/Richmond Hill Primary Academy. His experiences at Shaw Wood/Richmond Hill mean that he is able to effectively analyse data and offer strategic challenge and support to the senior leaders of the trust.
In January 2014 he became Chair of Shaw Wood Academy and oversaw a change of leadership following a negative Ofsted outcome in May 2014. Since then Shaw Wood has had an external review by B11 in February 2016 and an Ofsted inspection in April 2016 where all judgements are now good (with pupils personal development and welfare is now graded as Outstanding).
Phil is also applying to become a National Leader of Governance.
Damien has worked in education since 2000. He began his career as a lecturer of English in further education and he was also a manager in a number of subject areas including humanities, finance and construction. While in FE, Damien focused on the development of e-learning, working as a consultant for the Learning and Skills Network, creating the Academy of e-Business and winning the JISC e-Learning Practitioner Award in 2005. After six years in FE, he was appointed as Curriculum and Learning Manager for Linking London Lifelong Learning at Brubeck, University of London, one of the largest lifelong learning networks in the country, forging links between further education colleges and universities.
Prior to joining Leeds Beckett, Damien worked at the University of Greenwich, firstly as a Senior Lecturer on the post-compulsory PGCE, the MA in Education and the Doctorate in Education. He was then appointed as Head of Department of Education and Community Studies, an interdisciplinary department that housed research and courses in a range of areas including education studies, childhood and youth studies and early years, from undergraduate to doctoral level. He was concurrently Director of Employability and led the development of social enterprise.
As Dean and Professor of Education, Damien is responsible for the leadership of all education, childhood and social innovation courses within the School as well as our research and enterprise activity. He also leads on a number of key projects including the Carnegie Multi Academy Trust, the collaboration with Lloyds Banking Group, the Microsoft Initial Teacher Education Partnership and the Leeds Creative Digital University Technical College proposal.
David is Headmaster of Hill House School, Doncaster, an independent school for ages 3 to 18 with 740 pupils.
Hill House has won a number of national awards in recent years, including being named Times Independent School of the Year 2012-13, and receiving the 2016-17 Times Award for the Outstanding Community Initiative, which was based on the success of the Robin Hood Music Festival, which now involves over 30 local schools, including those in the trust. In last year’s inspection, Hill House was judged outstanding in 7 of the 9 available categories, including leadership and management.
Having read Classics at Cambridge, David has been in education for almost 30 years, spending the last 14 in 2 headships. In addition to his day job, he is a member of the Society of Heads of Independent Schools, sitting on their Committee which forecasts and monitors developments in education. He also serves as a school inspector. He is passionate advocate of holistic education and the importance of striving for improvement and excellence.