Tony Smith (Chair of the Board)
Tony Smith is and Education and Children’s Services professional, starting with teaching and followed by education leadership and management in local authorities and then the private sector. Tony has considerable experience at senior levels of leadership and management across a wide range of areas, including capital programme, Special Education Needs (SEN), admissions, school organisation, social inclusion, local management of schools (LMS) formula, budget formulation and management and home-to-school transport.
Tony was the Director of Education in Devon and Torbay, serving as a chief officer on the Management Boards of both Devon County and Torbay Councils, responsible for libraries, archives, the arts and leisure as well as education. Tony established the Children’s Services Department and became Director of Children’s Services in Torbay, having turned round a failing education department.
Tony has broad experience within the private sector in all branches of children’s services, bid-writing, project direction, business planning, contract management and contract negotiation.
Canon Harold Stephens (Vice-chair of the Board)
Harold served for 28 years in secondary teaching – all in comprehensive schools in the south and south west. In that time he became a faculty head (Humanities) and then deputy head with extensive responsibilities for staff development for teaching and learning, for vocational education, and community cohesion. During 10 years as a deputy head, Harold qualified as a denominational inspector (now Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools) and in close co-operation with the LA and Diocesan Board in areas of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, Religious Education and church school leadership.
In 1999 Harold entered full-time parish work as an incumbent of a parish in which were found 4 schools. Harold joined the Diocesan Board of Education, and is currently its Chair. In his time on the Board he has worked to strengthen the position of Church foundation governors and also to promote the active rôle of the Diocesan Board of Education in school support, advice and inspections. He has served as Chair of Governors of an outstanding Church of England Middle School. The comments about governance of this school by OFSTED confirmed its strength and effectiveness.
Until his retirement in March 2013 he served as Team Rector of Dorchester, the county town of Dorset and as SIAMS inspector for diocesan schools in more than one diocese offering experience and professional expertise in depth in the areas of school leadership, church school ethos, Religious Education, Collective Worship, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and parish-school relationships
Mark Lacey CEO
Mark served as Headteacher in a large challenging primary school in Bedminster, South Bristol. Appointed to headship at the age of 30, Mark led the school from a position of serious weaknesses to being a consistently good school with many outstanding elements. Key to the success of the school was the relentless focus on creating and maintaining an empowering vision for all members of the school community. Alongside this, development of people was key and the school developed its own programme of coaching for all staff as well as being recognised as a Gold Level Investor in People.
Mark also led the development of the Malago Learning Partnership, a collaboration of 9 local schools in South Bristol. As Chair of the group he guided the development of a highly successful school improvement strategy, an in-depth joint practice development programme and a range of curriculum and assessment programmes. In 2012 he led his school through the academy conversion process. He has also served for a number of years as a governor at a secondary school within the partnership. In addition to his work in school, Mark has been very much involved in the development of the Local Leader of Education programme in Bristol through the National College, working in a coaching role with Headteachers to support them in the development and growth of leadership capacity; working with Headteachers to find solutions and ways forward within their own organisations.
Since September 2015, Mark has served as Chief Executive of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust. The Trust has a clear and active growth strategy as it seeks to drive forward improvement of its academies, seven of which entered the Trust under sponsored arrangements.
Mark has a Business Degree from the University of Bath as well as a Masters with distinction in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Worcester, the latter of which focused on the effective features of collaborative partnerships between schools. Mark has four children of his own and is very active in the work of his local church.
Joy Tubbs - Director of Education
Joy’s teaching career spanned 18 years, leading to the senior leadership of a rural secondary comprehensive school of 1300 students. Joy became the first leading teacher within Suffolk LA, firstly modelling outstanding practice in her own classroom and subsequently supporting the development of pedagogy across the LA. Joy was promoted to the post of a LA Head of School Improvement, working particularly with schools causing concern; as a result of improved Ofsted and KS2 and KS4 outcomes across the LA, Joy joined the National Strategies as Deputy National Director School Improvement. Joy held responsibility for the development of the mathematics and English leading teacher programme, Improving Schools Programme (ISP) and SIP Programme. Joy was seconded to the DfE where she led a pilot project with 450 schools achieving significant accelerated improvement in children’s progress at KS2 and setting the foundations of school to school support and joint practice development across 30 LAs, and contributing to the 2010 White Paper.
Joy was appointed as Director of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education in October 2014, serving the children, young people and head teachers of 194 church schools and academies and their parish communities. She has focused her role on creating a DBE centred on removing barriers to school improvement, supporting church school effectiveness and distinctiveness and creating a culture in which collaboration can thrive within an academy trust landscape. Joy was invited to join the Regional Schools Commissioners Headteacher Board in September 2015.
Anne is a local, regional and national school improvement consultant who works operationally in the classroom to improve pedagogy and skills and also with school leaders providing both challenge. She works collaboratively with groups of schools and also with and across local authorities. Currently Anne is delivering a Middle Leadership Development Programme across a large, 2 campus academy in the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation. Following her audit, she wrote a bespoke programme to help address issues across both campuses.
Anne was the National Strategies’ Programme Director for Primary School Improvement, she provided strategic leadership of the Improving Schools Programme across 9 regions and in 138 local authorities. For 2 years Anne worked as a Department for Education Adviser on the Academies and Free Schools Programme assessing the applications to open Free and interviewing successful proposers on their education and finance plans.
Anne worked with the Salisbury Diocese Board of Education (SDBE) for 3 years, leading the Schools Causing Concern strategy to proactively reduce the numbers of schools at risk, reviewing progress in flagged schools and setting actions to help address issues. The quality and the impact of her work on school improvement has been acknowledged by HMI. Anne has significant expertise in the analysis of performance data to target proactive school improvement work and in improving accountability systems and school improvement processes within the diocesan MAT.
Graham recognises the importance and value of education and is particularly interested in putting something back into education through his role as Academy Ambassador.
Graham is currently working part-time as an Executive Director and Group HR Director of a privately owned chemical processing business headquartered in London, as well as having his own consultancy company. He has experience across many sectors of business and has been involved in both leading and supporting strategic and organisational change in many different organisations. Graham believes he can offer strategic guidance and judgement in looking at organisations and assessing whether they are fit for purpose. He enjoys understanding how an organisation works in order to influence and coach individual and team behaviours and align these to strategic goals.
Tim’s teaching career began in September 1976 at a large split site Birmingham multicultural comprehensive school; in successive schools he was appointed Head of Physics and then Deputy Headteacher before becoming the Headteacher at All Saints CE School in Weymouth. Tim led the school through an improvement journey, with the school being judged to be outstanding in October 2009; the school was one of the first Beacon Schools and took on initial specialisms in Science and Maths and later, a further specialism in Languages.
When the SIP (School Improvement Partner) scheme was introduced nationally, Tim trained to become a SIP and was SIP to three secondary schools in Dorset. The Dorset SIP scheme was extremely successful and was visited on several occasions by officers from the DfE and designated an area of outstanding practice. Tim was very much part of the development of the scheme and in September 2011 took over the management of the successor to the national scheme in Dorset (the SEP programme) on his ‘retirement from headship’.
Since 2011, as well as working part time for Dorset Local Authority managing the SEP programme and providing school support and advice on Leadership and Management, Tim has also taken on work as a Diocesan Consultant Adviser and built up a portfolio of schools where he provides a wide range of support and advice on whole school improvement.
Verity McAuley is a Chartered Certified Accountant specialising in education and the academy sector. Verity is currently the Finance Director for Ambitions Academies Trust, which comprises 6 academies in Bournemouth and Poole encompassing Secondary, Primary and Special provision. Ambitions Academies Trust has transformed some of the most challenging schools in the area, both educationally and financially.
Verity’s previous roles include managing the education finance team at Borough of Poole, where she was responsible for supporting finance for Headteachers and Finance Officers for 33 Local Authority maintained schools. Verity was also Deputy Director of Finance for a local further education college, with areas of specialism in FE and HEFCE funding and subsidiary trading companies. Verity also has experience of commercial and private business working with high street names, NHS accountancy both in a foundation hospital setting and at primary care trust level and finance within the prison service.
Verity takes an active role in education finance in Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset. She is a member of both Poole Schools’ Forum and Bournemouth Schools’ Forum. She offers guidance to academy finance professionals in the area, particularly supporting newly converting academies and finance professionals joining the sector. Verity has presented alongside the EFA at their local seminar and is a governor at a local maintained secondary school.
Ron has been in education since 1991 and has worked at four middle deemed secondary and one primary school in various year groups and leadership roles. Over the last 17 years he has been a Headteacher of three schools; taking one school from satisfactory to good and another from good through to two consecutive outstanding inspections. Currently, Ron is head at St Michael’s Middle School, Colehill, Wimborne.
Ron completed his Masters in Education covering the topics of Learning and Leadership initially through Southampton University and latterly through the OU. He also undertook the Local Leader in Education training shortly after also becoming a School Improvement Partner working largely with underperforming schools in Dorset.
Between 2009-11 Ron was Director of the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership an innovative and pioneering partnership of 19 schools in the Dorchester area. This was a part-time role alongside his substantive post helping to provide strategic leadership for the collaboration of the schools involved.
In 2007 Ron was invited, by the then Secretary of State for Education, to join one of the Expert Groups advising the Government in its production of the Children’s Plan in 2008. He was subsequently asked to remain on the group while it reviewed the impact of the plan in the years immediately after its release.
Recently, Ron has developed considerable experience in the Academy sector having led one school to become a stand alone convertor academy, another to be a convertor Academy as part of a 7 school mixed economy multi academy trust and has been a Director in the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust since its inception in August 2013.
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