Academies Transformation Trust was one of the early multi-academy trusts to be established. The Trust has over 20 schools/academies distributed throughout the West Midlands, Nottinghamshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
The advertisement identified that the Trust was in transition and required a new CEO to work both strategically and operationally on a broad improvement agenda across education standards, finances and governance. It was a high-profile appointment with a number of interested parties including Ministers and others within the DFE.
Our role involved planning an effective strategy for the appointment. Our search focused on identifying individuals who understood the challenges of the role and also had a clear view of what good and outstanding teaching and learning looked like. There was a need to ensure that candidates understood the actual challenges of the role and not just the perceptions that existed.
The Trustees were a little sceptical in appointing a search and recruitment firm to support their approach. The comments below set out our work and its success.