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AET appoints three new Trustees to its Board

The new Trustees will bring significant strengths in educational leadership and performance

Posted by Hannah Vickers | July 01, 2017 | People, policy, politics

The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) has announced the appointment of three new Trustees to join the Board of the organisation.  

Dame Kathryn August DBE has experience of successful leadership in education stretching over three decades. She was appointed to her first Headship in 1988, and went on to become Principal of Manchester Academy in Moss Side, one of the first ‘City Academies’ in the country, which she took to a rating of Outstanding in just over five years. Alongside her highly successful headships, she has served as a Senior Education Adviser for the Department for Education. Since 2013, she has worked independently with a range of multi-academy trusts and other educational organisations on a variety of school improvement issues. Dame Kathryn August DBE was awarded the DBE in 2014 for services to education.

Professor Deborah Eyre is an educational leader, academic researcher, writer and influencer in the fields of high-performing students and high-performing schools. She is currently Founder of the High Performance Learning organisation, which helps schools move from good to great. Her leadership experience spans both the public and private sectors, and includes serving as Global Education Director for Nord Anglia Education, and Director of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth. She has been an adviser to governments and educational foundations in the UK and in countries all over the world.

Alison Paines is Head of the Charities and Philanthropy Group at the law firm Withers. She has over 25 years of experience in advising charities and other non-profit organisations, including educational organisations (in England and overseas) and other non-profit organisations associated with Government. She writes on a range of legal and regulatory issues, particularly those concerning charities and the public sector, and has contributed to some leading reference publications on these subjects.  

These three appointments mark a significant strengthening of AET’s Board of Trustees, a process begun with the appointment of Jack Boyer OBE as Chair of the organisation in 2016, followed by Julian Drinkall who became Chief Executive in January 2017.

These new Trustees are all used to operating in large, complex organisations, and they bring a great wealth of experience in addition to their own immediate areas of expertise - Jack Boyer, Chair of AET

Jack Boyer, Chair of AET, commented: “This strengthening of the Board represents a further step in the transformation of AET, and its governance in particular. 

“These new Trustees are all used to operating in large, complex organisations, and they bring a great wealth of experience in addition to their own immediate areas of expertise. Reinforcing our governance is an ongoing process that will further equip AET to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future”.

The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is the UK’s largest and most significant Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). The Trust is committed to providing a great educational experience for the children it serves, whatever their ability or background, and seeks to operate schools of which the students, their families and the local communities can be proud. Currently it supports a national network of 66 primary, special and secondary academies and educates around 35,000 children.  A third of AET’s academies are located in the top 20% most deprived areas in England for child poverty.

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