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Dean Kavanagh is congratulated by Academy Business Director Patrick Taggart at the awards ceremony held at Edgebaston Cricket Ground, in Birmingham

Academy Chair named Non-Exec Director of Year

Dean Kavanagh, Foundation Director and Chairman of the Romero Catholic Academy, has been honoured for his 'vision and dedication'

Posted by Hannah Vickers | August 09, 2017 | People, policy, politics

The hard work and dedication of a Coventry academy’s chairman has been recognised with a prestigious award.

Dean Kavanagh, Foundation Director and Chairman of the Romero Catholic Academy, has been named the Institute of Directors (IoD) West Midlands Non-Executive Director of the Year.

Dean impressed the judging panel by displaying the same energy and drive into his non-executive role that he would in his day job as Managing Director of gas analysis technology firm Geotech UK, based in Leamington Spa.

Dean, as a founding director, produced a vision and mission that unified the Romero Academy Board and helped to set strategic objectives for the organisation - which now has a budget of £15 million, more than 520 employees and more than 3,100 students.

He also established aims and values that underpin the work of the board and serve to guide the decisions being made at an operational level.

“I am extremely proud and honoured to have been named the IoD’s West Midlands Non-Executive Director of the Year,” said Dean.

“The whole board has worked extremely hard to make the Romero Catholic Academy the success it has become and this award is a testament to them all. I am now looking forward to the national awards as it gets the Romero name and the work that it is doing out there to a wider, national audience.”

The awards celebrate the very best in business and the non-exec category recognises the important role those Directors play on the board of a company, regardless of its size. The IoD is the national, and longest running, organisation for Directors and professional leaders, holding a Royal Charter.

The judges said: “Dean oozes governance and has been able to confidently challenge a variety of stakeholders to adopt better structures and clarity in the roles of other trustees.

“He has a clear vision that is supported by the strategic way he goes about his work and his ability to communicate with great clarity.”

Dean will now progress to the national awards, which will take place at the Lancaster Hotel in London on 22nd September.

This award is a testament to his hard work throughout the academy and is very well-deserved - Patrick Taggart, Academy Business Director of the Romero Catholic Academy

Patrick Taggart, Academy Business Director of the Romero Catholic Academy, said: “We would like to congratulate Dean on being presented with such a prestigious award. It is a testament to his hard work throughout the academy and is very well-deserved. Dean is an integral part of the Academy, and we wish him well in the national awards in September.”

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