#BDP2020 The role of trustees in trust organisational excellence

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM [GST]

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Tuesday, 01 December 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM [GST]

Join us for the next instalment of New Schools Network's Board Development Programme 2020 for Academy Ambassadors.

The Board Development Programme is a series of online events for Ambassadors to learn, network, and develop. The full Programme comprises a range of webinars and panel discussions. 

In this webinar we are delighted to be joined by Ambition Institute's Executive Director for System Leadership, and former National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter. Sir David will explore the role of trustees in organisational excellence.

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Sir David Carter
Executive Director, Ambition Institute

Sir David was the product of a comprehensive school in South Wales and was the first member of his family to go to university where he studied for a Music degree. Making a difference to the lives of children has been a huge motivation to him throughout his career. He began teaching in 1983 as a music teacher and over the next 30 years be became a LA music advisor ,a headteacher, an executive head and a CEO. He was appointed to the post of National Schools Commissioner (NSC) in February 2016 having had the majority of his previous leadership experience in the school system. As NSC, his focus was firmly on building capacity so that the trusts that run our most challenging schools can sustain improvement over time. Before joining the Civil Service, Sir David was the founding CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust based in Bristol. The trust was one of the first and largest MATS in the South West with 12 academies who educated 5000 children with a workforce of over 1200 people. The majority of the schools had failed for many years and Sir David takes his experience of leading rapid improvement in disadvantaged communities into his leadership work, thinking and writing. Sir David is a trustee at several charities including Centrepoint, the charity that is aiming to eradicate youth homelessness, a trustee of the charity that oversees the annual Teaching Awards as well as being on the board of the Talent Foundry Trust, a charity creating new opportunities through wider enrichment and support for dis-advantaged children. On November 1 2018 Sir David took up the role of Executive Director of System Leadership at the Ambition Institute, leading the training programmes for trust leaders as well as designing and leading a new model of reviewing and assessing Multi Academy Trusts. Sir David continues to place family, music, golf and Cardiff City FC at the heart of his relaxation time and continues to be very proud of being awarded a knighthood for his services to education in the summer of 2013. In August 2020, his book “Leading Academy Trusts-why some fail but most don’t” was published by John Catt Educational.

About Sir David Carter

Executive Director, Ambition Institute
Unity Howard
Director, New Schools Network

New Schools Network Director Unity Howard oversees the delivery of Advisory, Delivery and Academy Ambassadors programmes. Unity is responsible for NSN's strategic development, policy work and stakeholder relationships. During her time as NSN, Unity has led the Advisory team and has led the organisation's work on Special and AP free schools. Prior to joining NSN, Unity worked for a further education college coordinating the delivery of vocational training programmes across the South East to clients including such as BMW and Rolls-Royce.

About Unity Howard

Director, New Schools Network