Thank you for your interest in this exciting and important role; the successful candidate will be working closely with me, and I’m looking forward to hearing from people who want to play a decisive, strategic yet practical part in our continued success.

As I look back on my time at Hall Mead, and more recently as CEO of Empower Learning Academy Trust, it’s clear that while we can be justifiably proud of what we’ve achieved, there is still much we can offer young learners and the wider community in our local area.

For very good reasons, we have up to now focused on excellence in the classroom – teaching, learning and outcomes – but as we grow (and prepare to grow further) we now need to also develop the structure and performance of our non-teaching operations. In other words, our management of services, assets, estates and business processes needs to complement our educational excellence. And that’s where you come in.

I’m keen to receive applications from confident, positive and highly capable people, with experience of working across multi-site organisations, probably in the public-funded sector. Stand-out candidates will probably already have some experience of working within the academy sector, but that need not be as an employee – you may be a consultant, senior manager in a supply-chain organisation, or even an experienced and passionate parent / governor.

We have retained Navigate NDC to support us with this appointment, and David Gooda will be very happy to hold an initial informal conversation with you. Please call 01625 800862 or email elat@navigategroup.co.uk

I look forward to receiving your application, and to meeting you in due course.

Simon London
Headteacher, Hall Mead School / CEO, Empower Learning Academy Trust