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And our new chief executive is.......

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian McNeilly as our new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Steve Allen who is due to retire. 


The Trust will forever be indebted to Steve Allen for the all the hard work he has done in establishing the Trust and we hope he enjoys his retirement.  However, we are delighted that we have been able to appoint Ian McNeilly to take over as CEO.  Ian has an excellent track record of school improvement and we are all looking forward to working with him on our Multi-Academy Trust Journey” said Liz Laughlin, Chair of the Trust Board. 


As one of Ofsted’s Senior Her Majesty’s Inspectors, Ian was responsible for the oversight of all academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs) across the East Midlands.  He has experience of conducting reviews of Multi-Academy Trusts and therefore brings a breadth of knowledge about what it takes to be a successful MAT.  Ian has previously worked with numerous headteachers to improve their schools, both formally and informally.  The Trust Board is really looking forward to utilising this knowledge for the benefit of the Trust. 


Ian will commence his role on the 1st May, allowing for a period of handover between him and Steve Allen, prior to Steve retiring at the end of the academic year. 


Steve Allen, stated: “I am delighted with the appointment of Ian.  It was a unanimous decision by the Trust Board and all academy Principals are equally thrilled that the right person has been appointment.  This is a very exciting time for the Trust and I am sure Ian will successfully lead the future growth of the Trust and make a real difference to the lives of the families and children we serve.”


Ian McNeilly said, “It is going to be a great challenge taking over from such a successful and committed professional as Steve Allen but it is one I am very much looking forward to. Along with the staff of the Trust, I am keen to support and challenge the schools’ Principals, leadership teams, teachers and governors to ensure all children in the de Ferrers family get the best start in life that they can.”