From working as the Church of England’s national academies adviser to helping turn around schools facing significant challenges, the new interim Chief Executive Officer of the diocese’s multi-academy trust brings a wealth of experience to the role.
David Brown, who will lead the Good Shepherd Trust into 2018 while a permanent successor is recruited, was Chief Executive of a national chain of schools until March and previously led a highly complex school involved in the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ affair to academic success.
David has been a Director of Children’s Services and led six schools throughout his career and says he enjoys inter-changing CEO roles with leading schools himself to ensure that he keeps close to the realities for headteachers in changing times and keeps his own skills up to date.
He said: “I am delighted to be asked to support the work and aspirations of the Diocese of Guildford and their Good Shepherd Trust. This is an opportunity to add value to, and to serve in the important work of schools and the Church, and support headteachers and their staff in the critical work they do for children and families.
“I am also looking forward to working again with Alex Tear the new Diocesan Director of Education for whom I have great respect and know that all of us in the diocese are working towards exactly the same fundamental aims for children.”
Chairman of the Good Shepherd Trust Directors Simon Walker said: “We are delighted to have David join us. He brings valuable experience, skills and perspectives to the role as we move forwards.
“The trust is set to be joined by more schools in the coming months and as we continue to grow we are confident that he and Kate Evans, our Principal Officer, will provide strong and effective leadership of our family of schools.
“We believe that every child and young person should be valued as an individual. Our vision is to ensure that our schools provide high quality, holistic education with a Christian context for all learners enabling them to reach their full potential and we have a strong team in place to enable schools to deliver that.”
The Good Shepherd Trust, which was set up by the diocese in 2012 and now has ten Church schools, including one secondary school, was previously led by Dr Peter Simpson until his retirement this spring.
The trust was ranked 17th out of 218 local authorities and academy trusts in league tables based on pupils’ outcomes published in July 2016.