The Executive Group manages the Trust at an executive level, implementing the policies laid down by the Board and reporting back to them. As a group, the Executive Group are responsible for the authorisation of spending within agreed budgets and the appointment of staff, though appointment boards for posts in each Academy Leadership Team often contain a Trustee. Some spending control is devolved to members of the Academy Leadership Team, with limits above which a member of the Executive Group must countersign.
Scott Hudson - Acting Chief Executive and Director of Education
Scott started his career as a PE teacher in 1992 and after a number of years teaching PE in schools in Nottingham and Fenland, he secured his first headship at a Cambridgeshire school in 2005. Following 7 years of successful headship including its conversion to an Academy, Scott moved to a larger Local Authority school with a sixth form in Northamptonshire. Having been there for less than 6 weeks an Ofsted inspection placed the school in special measures and ultimately it became an Academy as part of a large, regionally based MAT and Scott led the school out of special measures shortly after.
In 2015, Scott secured a post as Principal in an academy in Peterborough that had been in special measures for 18 months. The academy was part of a small but growing MAT based in Cambridgeshire. The school was removed from special measures in his second term and at that point it was agreed it should be ‘re-brokered’ to the newly established Thomas Deacon Education Trust. That school is now the Queen Katharine Academy.
In June 2018, after 18 months of working as part of TDET, Scott took on the role of its Director of Secondary Education, which was then developed into a wider role, overseeing the overall education strategy for the Trust, supporting Principals in both the Secondary and Primary phase.
Scott has chaired the Peterborough Partnership of Secondary Schools and is also Chair of a locally based SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) provider.
Adam Stevens - Director of Resources
Adam joined TDET in October 2021 after 11 years working in the not-for-profit sector. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Mercer & Hole with a specialism in charities in 2010, before securing the role of Finance & Administration Manager at the Cricket Foundation, a sport for development charity which has subsequently been renamed Chance to Shine. After just a year in post, Adam was
promoted and became the charity’s Head of Finance & Resources, serving on the Senior Management Team. Over the next 4 years he helped to guide the charity to exceed its original 10-year objective to introduce over 2 million children in a third of state schools across the country to cricket, despite a reduction in funding.
In 2015, after supporting a newly appointed CEO to put the next 5-year strategy in place, Adam decided to pursue a new challenge with Greenhouse Sports, another sports for development charity. The charity works in partnership with schools to provide extra-curricular sports and mentoring programmes to pupils.
After 3 years as Head of Finance & HR, Adam was once again promoted to the Senior Leadership Team to become the Chief Financial Officer in 2018, overseeing the charity’s Business Support function, including Finance, HR, IT and Governance. Health & Safety and Facilities Management were added to the Business Support team in 2020. Careful financial management, combined with a strong fundraising performance, enabled the charity to consolidate its position, and Adam left with the charity ready to substantially grow its offering not only within London, but to other regions and across a wider age range.’