I am currently CEO of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust. It is a trust containing three academies in Blackpool. Christ the King and St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Acadamies are primary schools and St. Cuthbert’s has an attached Children’s Centre. St. Mary’s Catholic Academy is an 11-18 school. I chair the Headteachers’ Roundtable Group and the SSAT’s Vision 2040 Group.
My first and probably only book is titled Liminal Leadership and is available via John Catt Ltd or Amazon. Liminal Leadership is based on my reflections of thirty years of leading and learning; it is written for teachers and leaders who want to reflect on their current or future practice.
In September 2013, I became Executive Headteacher of St. Mary’s Catholic College and Christ the King Catholic Primary School. These two Blackpool school’s first hard federated in January 2009. Previously I had been the headteacher of St. Mary’s Catholic College from September 2000 and thirteen years of headship have been a real rollercoaster of a journey. St. Mary’s is a hugely exciting place to work. We know we need to go the extra mile with our students, staff’s generosity and willingness to work with and for students whilst supporting each other adds to the wonderful ethos that permeates the school. Whilst at St. Mary’s I was very involved with the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust.
Prior to headship I was Deputy Headteacher at Our Lady’s Catholic High School, Lancaster and Head of Science at De La Salle in St. Helen’s. My career started in Blackburn at Notre Dame Catholic High School in September 1988 with the school amalgamating the following year to form Our Lady & St. John’s Catholic High School.
I am fascinated by leadership, learning, pedagogy and the curriculum and these elements have been intertwined throughout my professional life so far.
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ralph W. Emerson
“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson