Following a successful career in the police, Steve retired in 2016. Involved in school governance since 2010, he was appointed to the Board of a large MAT in 2014. Becoming Chair of his MAT in 2015, Steve led major changes in Trust development, successfully re-structuring both Trustees and Members at the Trust. Having undertaken a complete re-focussing of Trust governance and leadership in 2016, he continues to deliver long term Trust educational and financial sustainability.
Chair of one of the highest performing Multi Academy Trusts in England, Steve delivers impactive school and MAT leadership. Steve is actively involved in working with Regional Schools Commissioners and Academy Ambassadors to promote Trust governance at national and regional levels. Heavily engaged with the Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, Steve is currently engaged in the creation of Chairs Forum’s that will bring together MAT Chairs at the regional level to promote collaborative system leadership across Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
Regularly working with the Ambition Institute and the Confederation of School Trusts, Steve engages in support to System Leaders at the highest levels. An Associate of the Association of Education Advisers, a member of the National Chairs Advisory Group and member of the Large MAT Chairs Group, Steve plays an active role in promoting work on policy, system collaboration, executive pay, financial sustainability and future MAT assessment. This national group created and overseen by the National Schools Commissioner, works to ensure that MATs are part of a system lead solution for educational improvement that delivers real and sustained improvement for pupils across the country.
Steve provides system leadership support to senior leaders, and governors, through which ethical, effective and accountable governance drives school improvement.
As an NLG Steve undertakes external reviews of School and MAT governance. With a proven record of coaching and support to system leaders at every level, he enables leaders to drive change to create rapid school improvement. Providing system leadership support to senior leaders and governors, Steve promotes ethical, effective and accountable governance that helps drive school improvement. Working closely with local authority colleagues, Steve is actively engaged as a member of the North Lincs Education Standards Board. He undertakes peer reviews on behalf of the local authority aimed at supporting school leaders to improve outcomes for children.
As a specialist school and MAT governance adviser, Steve is vastly experienced in leading system improvement through collaborative governance and leadership. Steve continues to promote system leadership at national and regional conferences and round-tables.
Currently mentoring both MAT Chairs and CEO’s in the East Midlands and Yorkshire and Lancs and West Yorks RSC Regions, Steve continues to actively support system improvement at the national level.