Who’s who

Who’s who

Mark Mallender

CEO

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.

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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.

Declan McCauley

Deputy CEO (and Head of Standards, Curriculum & Performance)

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.

Hayley Wharton

Interim Chief Operating Officer

Hayley has over 15 years’ experience working for Derbyshire County Council, 11 years of which were working with schools including training the SBMs and Head teachers on how to use Finance, HR & Payroll systems (SAP), configuring SAP to accommodate the different Terms and Conditions for Academies and presenting the Single Status in schools’ road shows. Hayley has a Masters Degree (Msc) in Human Resource Management and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Jo Harris

Executive PA & Interim Senior Operations Officer

Jo has over 30 years administration and PA experience. The last 21 years of which were working for LA Children’s Services Adult Education Service. Jo has significant administrative experience working with several multi-academy trusts and their local governing bodies in South Yorkshire. Jo has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Pat Mosley

Interim Chief Finance Officer

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.

Paul Clark

Interim Finance Manager

Paul joined DDAT in April 2017 initially as School Business Manager for a federation of schools. He has a great deal of experience in School Business Management and in particular finance, having previously worked in Local Authority Schools Finance and has held finance roles in the commercial sector. Paul holds the full Assocation of Accounting Technicians qualification.  Paul has been subject to enhanced DBS checks.

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Dawn Bradley

Interim Senior Finance Officer

Dawn recently joined the Central Derby Diocesan Academy Trust’s Finance Team (September 2020) and brings a wealth of experience gained in commercial and education sectors. She holds an AAT qualification.

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Dawn has worked in a Primary School office for 5 years, followed by 5 years supporting Derbyshire Schools with budget setting and monitoring budget plans. Most recently she has been working within the finance team for an inner city Multi Academy Trust.

Jason Hampton

Data Protection Officer

Jason’s role as DPO is to assist DDAT to monitor internal compliance, inform and advise the Trust on its data protection obligations, provide advice regarding Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and act as a contact point for data subjects and the supervisory authority, the ICO. Jason has worked with DDAT since its inception in 2014 providing the Trust with Company Secretary, Board clerking and support services.

Jaime Barrett

Senior HR Officer

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 an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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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.

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Ellie Johnson

HR Assistant

Ellie joined the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust HR team in 2020. Prior to joining DDAT, Ellie completed a graduate management trainee scheme working across HR, procurement, customer service and quality improvement, having studied a degree in Business Management with a year in industry. Ellie has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

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Charlotte Feder

Central Business Manager

Charlotte joined Derby Diocesan Academy Trust in April 2021.  Charlotte has a wealth of experience of School Business Management within a variety of different settings; from the private sector, enhanced resourced mainstream within Derbyshire County Council and a large Multi Academy Trust.  With over 10 years’ experience in Early Years, Primary and Secondary settings.  Charlotte has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

James Hopkinson

Central Business Administrator

James joined DDAT in April 2022. He has over 14 years experience working with the local authority. Most recently working in the Payroll Department. In this role he supported School, Academies and Council staff with payroll, tax and pension queries as well as being responsible for ensuring salaries were made to employees on time.

James has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Jackie Stirland

Senior School Improvement Officer

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.  Jackie also leads and facilitates training for Early Careers Teachers and Early Years.

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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.

Sue Vasey

Senior School Improvement Officer

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 leads and facilitates training for inspections, safeguarding, disadvantaged and curriculum.

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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.

Joanne Harvey

Senior School Improvement Officer (partner consultant)

Joanne Harvey is a qualified teacher and formerly worked for Ofsted as a HMI. She regularly led inspections of schools in the maintained and independent sectors and inspections of children’s centres. She has particular expertise in working with  schools causing concern and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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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.

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Ged Philbin

Senior School Improvement Officer

Ged is a qualified teacher and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Ged’s education experience has primarily been in the East Midlands. He trained as a teacher in Leicester and took up his first teaching post in Nottinghamshire over 30 years ago. Ged gained extensive experience as a subject leader, deputy headteacher and a headteacher in several primary schools across the East Midlands. Ged’s most recent headship was at a Derbyshire school and during his final years there worked as an Associate School Improvement Advisor (ASIA) for the LA and also trained as a lead Ofsted inspector. The ASIA role involved supporting and challenging headteacher colleagues along with HTPM.  In addition to Ged’s headship responsibilities he has also led on whole school assessment, raising achievement and curriculum development.  Ged leads and facilitates training for Recently Qualified Teachers and English/reading.

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Ged regularly leads  S5 and S8 inspections for Ofsted as well as undertaking  significant number of team roles. Prior to moving to work for DDAT Ged worked for  Derby City Council, as a SSIO, where he was involved with all aspects of school improvement. Ged had specific responsibilities for NQT Induction and an Opportunities Area programme aimed at reducing exclusions in key stage 3.

Ged  worked, in a link capacity, with a number of academies across Derby and Derbyshire and these have included DDAT schools. As part of DDAT Ged is adding to the high levels of expertise that the school improvement team provides for its schools and, going forward, with DBE colleagues.

Julian Scholefield

Senior School Improvement Officer (partner consultant)

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Ged regularly leads  S5 and S8 inspections for Ofsted as well as undertaking  significant number of team roles. Prior to moving to work for DDAT Ged worked for  Derby City Council, as a SSIO, where he was involved with all aspects of school improvement. Ged had specific responsibilities for NQT Induction and an Opportunities Area programme aimed at reducing exclusions in key stage 3.

Ged  worked, in a link capacity, with a number of academies across Derby and Derbyshire and these have included DDAT schools. As part of DDAT Ged is adding to the high levels of expertise that the school improvement team provides for its schools and, going forward, with DBE colleagues.

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Deborah Peacock

Safeguarding Consultant Children and Young People (partner consultant)

Debbie has recently joined us having had a 37 year social work career with Derby and Derbyshire Local authorities. Debbie is passionate about keeping children safe and has extensive skills, knowledge and expertise in safeguarding and child protection. Debbie is joining the team to assist the trust in strengthening practice and in quality assurance.

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Jayne Hadfield

Head of Governor Services

Jayne has worked in the local authority for over 20 years and was instrumental in setting up the Governor Support Team for Derby City Council in 2002. Jayne is keen to support Clerks and Governors’ to help them in their role fulfilling their core functions. Jayne is passionate about quality up-to-date training being available for governors and clerks to enable them to be confident, strong, challenging and thereby meeting the six key features of effective governance.

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Jayne manages the Governor Support and Advice Helpline, GovernorHub and the yearly training programme for governors and clerks. She has vast experience in advising schools and governors on the governance regulations, the Governance handbook and how to deal with Complaints. She has arranged and delivers a wide array of courses covering the Competency Framework of Governance and has arranged successful Conferences across Derby and Derbyshire. Jayne regularly updates Governing Bodies and heads with national governance updates.

Jayne is a member of both the National and Regional Co-ordinators of Governor Services group and is a qualified Professional Co-ordinator of Governor Services. Jayne works alongside the Senior School Improvement Officers to appropriately challenge and support schools and governing bodies. Jayne is currently a Parent Governor at a Secondary Academy and has been Chair of a Pre-School Management Committee.

Trustees

Dr. Sarah Charles

Director & Chair of the Board

Dr Sarah Charles is the Head of the Institute of Education at the University of Derby where she continues to teach on a range of UG and PG Initial Teacher Education programmes. She is an experienced Governor and Multi Academy Trust Trustee. Prior to joining the University of Derby, in 2006, Sarah worked, for ten years, in the primary education sector where she taught across the 5-11 age range, in schools in challenging circumstances, and undertook a range of management/leadership roles. She has a commitment to promote inclusive practice and is an active researcher in the field of dyslexia and LGBT+ issues.

Mike Holt

Director & Vice Chair of the Board

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Mark Mallender

CEO

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.

Michael Ford

Director

Michael is an experienced Programme Director and Business Improvement Consultant with a background in corporate governance in the education sector.

Michael has worked within private and public sector organisations and has been involved in the successful completion of several large transformational projects including setting up and establishing Multi Academy Trusts, opening of Free Schools and Academies and implementing risk management frameworks at large organisations.

Over the past few years Michael has worked closely with Derby College Group and has managed a number of complex projects, supporting the College with its achievement of a Good OFSTED judgement.

Michael was appointed as a Director of DDAT in 2016 and is also a member of the DDAT Audit & Finance Committee.

Mark Emly

Director

Mark has had a career in education initially as a teacher in special schools in three local authorities and then in senior leadership positions including headship of two special schools. His roles over the next 16 years were with a Local Authority and included being a school improvement adviser, senior adviser and subsequently in a strategic role as Assistant Director for Learning, Access and Inclusion. He now works as an independent education consultant. Mark has a good understanding of the Ofsted inspection framework and how inspections are undertaken. He is currently Chair of Trustees of another multi-academy trust and has been for many years a foundation governor for the school in the village in which he lives. Mark also served as a trustee for over twenty-five years on a national charity which produced resources and delivered training in the field of special educational needs.

Mark is committed to helping young people achieve the best possible outcomes and therefore maximise their life chances. By effectively governing and successfully driving the development of a strong and effective trust, he is confident that we can positively influence the evolving educational landscape and the learning journey of our children and young adults.

Justin Wilson

Director

Justin is an educationalist with experience of working across the age range from primary to Further Education. He has also worked in the manufacturing industry as a consultant, as a business unit director for Academy and new school development with two public sector consultancies. Most recently he has run a small company specialising in HR services for schools and multi-academy trusts.

He has experience as a trustee in several academy trusts, as a chair of governors of a Church of England primary school and as a director of the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust.

The Venerable Carol Coslett

Director, Archdeacon of Chesterfield

Archdeacon Carol is responsible for the northern half of the Diocese of Derby, the Chesterfield Archdeaconry, including a large area of the Peak District and the High Peak, and North East Derbyshire – a total of 131 parishes.

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Archdeacon Carol was formally welcomed to the Diocese of Derby on Saturday, 10 March 2018 at the parish church of Chesterfield, St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire.

Archdeacon Carol joined the Diocese of Derby from the Diocese of Southwark, where she served as a parish priest, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral and Acting Archdeacon. She said: “I see myself being the eyes and ears of the Bishop in the archdeaconry, the diocese and the parishes – helping to work out problems, assisting with strategies and looking after church buildings and legalities.”

Members

  • The Bishop of Derby, The Rt Revd Libby Lane
  • The Diocesan Director of Education (DDE) for Derby
  • The Derby Diocesan Board of Education
  • The Diocesan Secretary of the Derby Diocesan Board of Finance
  • Anne Martin