Chair of the Board: Canon David Channon

David has over 20 years’ experience of teaching in a variety of schools across the primary phase. He has held successful leadership roles including two headships in two different local authorities.

David has worked in local authority advisory roles in both Derbyshire and Sheffield and has vast experience of working with schools in varying contexts, especially those causing concern. During his time in these roles David became an accredited School Improvement Partner (SIP) and Local Consultant for Improvement (LCI)

David has carried out numerous Section 5 inspections over the years on behalf of Ofsted and as such has a good knowledge of the Ofsted framework. David has extensive networks throughout the UK with Teaching Schools, other MATS, Local Authorities and Diocesan Boards of Education. He recently completed The Executive Educators Programme for Chief Executive Officers. David has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

CEO: Mark Mallender

Mark has experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings. He was Headteacher of two Church Primary Schools over a period of ten years. Both schools were placed on the outstanding provider list as result of the Ofsted grade awarded under Mark’s leadership. His schools were also graded as ‘Outstanding Church Schools’ under the Section 48 SIAMS inspection framework on three different occasions during Mark’s tenure.

Mark has worked as a senior advisor for a local authority and has experience of working with a variety of schools, some of which are in extremely challenging contexts. Mark has previously carried out Section 5 and Section 8 inspections in a lead capacity on behalf of Ofsted.

Mark has extensive links across the East Midlands with Teaching Schools and other successful MATs and is committed to effective partnership and collaborative working. Mark has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Head of School Improvement: Declan McCauley

Declan has experience of teaching across both the primary and secondary sector. Throughout his career he has held a number of senior roles. He was a headteacher for 14 years of a Church School. Declan has worked as a School Improvement Partner for two different Local Authorities and as such has vast experience of working with schools in a variety of contexts. Declan has been a section 48 inspector for Birmingham Diocese.

Declan has led section 5 and section 8 inspections on behalf of Ofsted since 2009. Before joining DDAT Declan held the position of Principal at CFBT, one of Ofsted’s three inspection service providers. As Principal, Declan quality assured inspection and line managed a team of over 120 inspectors. Declan oversaw the training of lead inspectors as well as leading his own inspections and carrying out section 8 monitoring visits. As such Declan has vast knowledge of the Ofsted Inspection Framework. Declan has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Finance Director: Richard Wetherall

Richard has been supporting the finance team in Derby Diocesan Academy Trust over the last 2 years and has provided additional finance support to newly formed Diocesan Multi Academy Trusts across the country. Having been at Lloyds Bank for 25 years, most recently as a Commercial Director, Richard is able to provide invaluable experience and knowledge both strategically and financially. Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds formal Financial Planning Certificate qualifications in addition to his commercial financial experience.

Richard has taken over the Finance Director responsibilities with Derby Diocesan Academy Trust from March 2017.

Since taking over this role Richard has managed the implementation of a new, consistent finance system across the trust and developed improved monitoring and oversight procedures relating to the financial management and governance within the trust. Richard has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Deputy Director of Education and School’s Advisor, DDBE: Dr Alison Brown

Alison works for the DBE, but her skills, knowledge and understanding are well used by all our Church Schools in DDAT.

Alison has taught across the primary phase in number of schools across two very different local authorities. In 2004 Alison was appointed as the Deputy Director of Education and School’s Advisor for the Derby Diocesan Board of Education. This is a role which she still passionately carries out today overseeing the RE and Collective Worship in 110 schools throughout the Diocese and ensuring that they uphold their Christian distinctiveness, whilst promoting quality spiritual development across the curriculum. Alison also carries out training in a number of community schools.

Alison provides training for schools within the Diocese, but is also called on to speak, lead training and run workshops both nationally and internationally. She has fostered strong relationships with other Dioceses and other well respected authors and experts in her field throughout the UK. Alison has also formed strong links with other schools from Kolkata in India and organises regular visits between Derbyshire schools and Kolkata schools.

Alison manages the SIAMS inspections across the Diocese and is a critical reader of section 48 reports. Alison has been a trustee for the Stapleford Centre and is on the editorial group for Grove Education Series. In 2016 Alison published a book called ‘How to see Collective Worship in You’ and was awarded a Doctorate in Edcuation (EdD). Alison has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Deputy Business Director: Shakher Khaliq

Shak has over 10 years’ experience of working in the finance field. He has a degree in Accounting and Finance and is an ACCA qualified accountant.

Shak has worked in the Diocese for 3 years and understands the growth and funding structure of schools, academies and the Diocese. He will be managing the budget and forecast for DBE whilst overseeing the growth and impact on DDAT.

Shak will be supervising the monthly reporting for the schools in DDAT and implementing management accounts to provide consistency across the board as well as improving the year end audit process. Part of the role involves working with groups of small schools and academies to help model financial alternatives that promote sustainability through collaboration. Shak will be implementing and managing the use of Apprenticeship Levy to help support the schools in DDAT.

Shak will also be supporting the Accounting Officer in routine duties as required as well as maintaining the Land and Buildings belonging to both the DBE and DDAT. He will work alongside the Finance Director and Finance Manager of DDAT to improve financial systems for all church schools and academies. Shak has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Finance Manager: Pat Mosley

Pat joined the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust’s Finance Team in the early part of 2017. He holds a full AAT Finance Qualification and has over 16 years’ experience of supporting Derbyshire Schools.

During his time with Derbyshire he was responsible for producing and monitoring budget plans for Schools within the Nursery, Primary, Special and Secondary sectors. Pat has an excellent knowledge of school funding, and in particular, he has significant experience in assisting and advising schools which are facing financial challenges.

Pat has also played a key role in the recent implementation of a new finance system in the schools, alongside developing systems to ensure the close monitoring of budgets, so that both the Trust and the Schools have a clear understanding of their financial position. Pat has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Academy Hub Lead/Senior Project Manager: Sarah Ferguson

Sarah’s role as Academy Hub Lead is to oversee the quality of support provided to the DDAT family of schools and ensure the schools are fully supported during the conversion process and beyond. Sarah is the day to day contact for DDAT schools within the Trust and provides advice across areas such as governance, finance, HR, site and buildings, procurement, and marketing. Sarah completes regular hub visits to each school to identify issues and identify areas for collaboration and economies of scale.

Sarah has a background in education project management and has worked with schools and Local Authorities for over 11 years. Sarah has experience across all aspects of school and MAT operations as well as in managing new school projects to opening. Sarah has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Senior HR Officer: Jaime Barrett

Jaime has 25 years’ experience working in Human Resources, with over 11 years of those working within Local Authority Children’s Services HR, supporting schools across Nottingham City and more recently in Derbyshire. She has a Master’s degree (Msc) in Human Resource Management and is a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Jaime has experience of Governance in a Primary setting, which has allowed her to gain a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of school life and the challenges that schools face.

Jaime will provide professional HR advise and support to schools within the Trust on all aspects of people and change management. She will continually review and develop best HR practices, policies and procedure alongside DDAT colleagues and our employment solicitors, to support our academies to achieve their organisational strategies and objectives, whilst protecting them from the risk of litigation. Jaime has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Senior School Improvement Officer: Jackie Stirland

Jackie has experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings in three different local authorities. She was the headteacher of an inner city and a large county primary school over a period of eleven years in two different local authorities. Under Jackie’s leadership, in both schools, great improvements were made moving the schools from satisfactory to good with outstanding features. Jackie has worked and led schools that have many challenging contexts and was appointed as a Local Leader of Education.

Jackie has worked as a senior advisor for a local authority and has experience of working with a variety of schools in a range of contexts. During her time as an LLE and as a Local Authority SSIO Jackie has worked with schools in Special Measures and with her support has brought about rapid improvement.

Jackie has worked across several trusts as a school improvement officer and has good links with the local authority and teaching schools. Jackie has experience of undertaking school inspections. Jackie is committed to working in partnership with schools. Jackie has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Senior School Improvement Officer: Sue Vasey

Sue has substantial teaching and leadership experience across a variety of secondary settings in three local authorities. Sue worked as a teaching and learning consultant supporting school improvement in the primary and secondary phases. Sue has a breadth of experience working with schools in a wide range of contexts but specifically in challenging circumstances and those with high levels of deprivation.

Sue is currently a trustee of a multi academy trust and has provided support for many governing boards both within MATs and maintained schools.

Sue has worked with many local authority schools and academies and has strong links with teaching schools, teacher-training providers and the local authority and is committed to partnership working. Sue has vast experience of leading school inspections in both primary and secondary phases. Sue has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

School Improvement Consultant: Clare Cossor

Clare Cossor is one of our early years and primary education consultants. Clare has had over thirty three years experience as a successful teacher, leader, trainer and lecturer working across all phases of education. Most recently, this has included a six year headship of a nursery school with a specialist resource base for children with special educational needs and two and a half years as an HMI for the East Midlands. She has particular specialism in the early years, communication and language, primary leadership, working with parents, and all aspects of provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Prior to joining Ofsted as an HMI in April 2014, she had extensive experience of leading professional development in other schools, early years provisions and educational services.  She provided support and training for leaders and practitioners through her work as a LLE and Local Authority Early Years Advisory Teacher and a nationally accredited trainer for the National Portage Association. Other aspects of her work have included action research around communication systems for children with special educational needs and contributions to national publications regarding working with parents.

She has been subject to an enhanced DBS check dated September 2016 and has the necessary liability insurances.

School Improvement Consultant: Joanne Harvey

Joanne Harvey joined Ofsted as an HMI in 2010. She is a qualified teacher. She regularly leads inspections of schools in the maintained and independent sectors and inspections of children’s centres. She has particular expertise in inspecting schools causing concern and the Early Years Foundation Stage. Prior to joining Ofsted, she had extensive experience of inspection in a range of settings in the UK and overseas, and has provided professional leadership for inspectors. She has worked internationally as a school improvement consultant and trainer, and held senior management positions, including headship, in primary schools. Joanne has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

School Improvement Consultant: Phil Harrison

Phil is the Director of Special Schools and Deputy Director of Education Quality, Standards and Training at Shaw Academy Trust. We are extremely grateful that Shaw Academy Trust allow us to deploy Phil in our DDAT schools.

Previously Phil was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. Phil had a regional lead responsibility for special educational needs and disability. Prior to working for Ofsted, Phil gained extensive senior management experience as a headteacher and executive headteacher of day schools, residential schools and colleges. Phil has worked as a local authority school improvement partner and as a leadership trainer for the National College. During his time as a National Leader of Education he led and managed a National Support School and Teaching School, alongside being the chair of a governing board. He has a postgraduate qualification in special and inclusive education. Phil has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.