A News story by Radhika Sharma 15 June 2022

We are delighted to announce that three new roles within our Executive Leadership Team have been recruited for, with all taking up their posts in September 2022.  

National Director of Secondary 

Peter Kirkbride has been appointed National Director of Secondary, joining E-ACT from Greenwood Academies Trust where he has served as Education Director since early 2020. Peter has a strong pedigree in school improvement and systems leadership leading standards at GAT and turning around failing schools.

Peter’s previous role was Principal at the outstanding Brooke Weston Academy in Corby where exam results were regularly in the top 100 schools nationally.  At Brooke Weston Peter was Head of the Teaching School and also supported rapid improvement in sponsored academies during their growth phase.

At E-ACT, Peter will lead on trust strategy with secondary academies working closely with Regional Education Directors.

National Director of Primary 

Martin Fitzwilliam has been appointed National Director of Primary, joining us from St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi-Academy Trust where he has worked as Director of Performance and Standards since 2018.

Martin helped found the trust and has been responsible for the 18 primary schools as well as working closely with secondary colleagues on 3-19 agenda.  Martin is a National Leader of Education (NLE), an Ofsted inspector and Director of the Leicestershire Teaching School Hub, a partnership of 209 schools.

In his role at E-ACT, Martin will lead primary strategy working closely with Regional Education Directors.

National Director of SEND

Simon Tanner will be taking up the position of National Director of SEND, joining us from Bohunt Education Trust where he has been serving as the Trust Director for SEND since 2017. Simon established the National MAT SEND Leaders forum and has been advising DfE in SEND policy matters including the SEND Green Paper.  Simon is a regular contributor to TES, a conference speaker and podcasts regularly on SEND issues.

In this newly created role at E-ACT, Simon will lead on inclusion and SEND across the trust, helping E-ACT become a system leader in the education of SEND pupils and developing provision in all academies.