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Northern Education Trust appoint Rob Tarn as Chief Executive

Rob Tarn will replace Ian Kershaw, whom the Trust praised for his 'excellent leadership'

Posted by Hannah Vickers | March 31, 2017 | People, policy, politics

The trustees of Northern Education Trust (NET) recently announced the appointment of Rob Tarn as their new Chief Executive as part of NET’s succession strategy. He will be replacing Ian Kershaw and will take up his new role on 1st September, 2017.

Since early 2015, Northern Education Trust has been undergoing a major programme of improvement including increasing staff capacity and introducing new systems in key areas. The Trust has taken on schools which have faced intractable challenges over many years.  

Rob Tarn is currently Regional CEO (North) for Outwood Grange Academies Trust and a National Leader of Education.

“NET has taken on many schools which showed signs of endemic failure and begun the process of transformation. I am delighted to join such a principled organisation with such strong values and a complete focus on the needs of children and young people. 

“I am particularly passionate about working in communities of high deprivation and I firmly believe that the transformation of outcomes for young people is the key to regenerating our communities,” he said.

Rob’s track record as a leader and school improver during his time at Outwood Grange is very impressive and this is a significant appointment for the Trust - Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner

Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, added his support for the appointment.

“I am delighted to hear that the Northern Education Trust has appointed a new CEO in Rob Tarn. Rob’s track record as a leader and school improver during his time at Outwood Grange is very impressive and this is a significant appointment for the Trust. I am encouraged by the way that the board at NET have worked so closely with me and the Regional Schools Commissioner and we look forward to seeing the improvements in the academies that everyone wants in the months and years ahead,” he said.

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