A News story by Humayon Pramanik 20 March 2019

The Board of Trustees for E-ACT has today announced that David Moran will be stepping down as chief executive at the end of August 2019, after six years at the helm, during which time he has driven a “radical transformation” of the organisation.

When he joined the organisation in 2013, just 17% of E-ACT’s academies were good or outstanding. Today that figure is over 70%. Results have improved year on year, and the trust’s finances are now in a stable position under David’s stewardship.

David is planning to remain active in the world of education and is setting up his own business working with charitable and education boards of directors.  He also plans to write a series of books.

The Board of Trustees is also announcing Jane Millward as David’s successor. Currently deputy CEO, Jane will take up post as chief executive designate and will work alongside David to ensure a smooth transition.

Michael Wemms, Chair of E-ACT

“David has given E-ACT six years of outstanding service, and I’ve always known that when he felt the time was right he would move on. He certainly leaves us in a markedly different state – E-ACT is radically transformed, and that is thanks to David’s leadership. His determination to give all of our pupils the opportunity to make the most of their talents is second to none.

“Jane Millward has excelled as deputy CEO, and whilst they are big shoes to fill, the Board has every confidence that she is precisely the right person to lead E-ACT through this next phase.  Jane joined us from Ofsted two years ago, and has worked side-by-side with David in her role as his deputy. She is extremely well-positioned to take up the mantle and continue to drive E-ACT forward.”

David on leaving E-ACT after six years as chief executive

“It has been an honour and privilege to work alongside so many E-ACT staff over the last six years, and I have learnt so much on the way.  I am excited for E-ACT’s next stage and I know that Jane will lead everyone to think bigger, do the right thing and show team spirit.  Working with a really fantastic Board of Trustees, a dynamic leadership team and our best ever headteachers, she will lead the organisation to achieve great things.”

Jane Millward on having been appointed the new chief executive

“I am hugely excited to have been appointed the new chief executive of E-ACT. Having been part of this wonderful organisation for over two years, I know just how privileged I am to be able to work so closely with such talented young people across the country. I also take this opportunity to pay tribute to a brilliant team of staff who are absolutely committed to contributing to the diverse communities that we serve.

Our pupils are at the centre of all we do, and they continue to excel. I am committed to giving them opportunities and experiences that raise aspirations and that enable our pupils to realise their full potential. I would also like to thank David for all that he has done for E-ACT over the last six years, and I look forward to continuing his great work.”