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Thomas Deacon Education Trust

The Executive Group controls 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.

 Julie Taylor - Chief Executive Officer

I became the CEO and Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy in 2013.

I take up this post having spent my entire career as a teacher in various parts of the country including Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, my native South Wales, the Isle of Wight and Bury St Edmunds. Most recently, I have been Headteacher at a community school and then at an academy in Hampshire.

In January 2016, I became the Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Deacon Academy Education Trust (TDET) which is a multi-academy Trust encompassing both primary and secondary schools.

My main task is simple: to raise the educational standards at the schools within the Trust in order to ensure that every child and young person leaves us having made the best possible progress. I will be relentless in ensuring that the highest standards are achieved and maintained.

 Simon Smith - Director of Resources

Simon qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2004, is Director of Resources for TDET and also the Company Secretary. Prior to joining the Trust, Simon has held various senior roles across the public and private sector including Children’s Services, Economic Development and Probation Services. He has worked in or around schools for over 7 years and has led on changes to school funding, managed commercial teams that provide services to schools and been an active member of Governing Bodies, particularly for schools in financial difficulty.

Being the first person in his family to attend university, Simon is passionate about all children getting a good education regardless of their background.

Scott Hudson - Director of Secondary Education 

I started my career as a teacher in 1992 having graduated with a degree in Physical Education. My first post was in a sixth form college in Nottingham.  After 3 years I moved into a large 11-18 school in Fenland, taking on responsibility for A-level and GCSE PE. After a further 3 years I was appointed to a Head of Year position and after 2 years took on an acting position of Assistant Principal overseeing the school’s assessment, reporting and recording systems and processes.

Having completed one year in the acting position I moved schools to become a substantive Assistant Principal in a small 11-16 school in rural Cambridgeshire. My responsibilities included assessment, alongside a range of line management of pastoral and subject leads. Within 2 years I had taken on a Deputy role and 2 years later was appointed Principal in the same school.

Following 7 years of successful headship including the conversion to become an Academy, I moved schools to a larger Local Authority, 11 - 18 school in Northamptonshire. Having been there for less than 6 weeks an Ofsted inspection placed the school in special measures and ultimately we became an Academy as part of a large, regionally based MAT and I lead the school out of special measures shortly after.

I then 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 my second term and at that point we agreed to be ‘re-brokered’ to the newly established Thomas Deacon Education Trust.

In June 2018, after 18 months of working as part of this MAT, I took on the role of its Director of Secondary Education. This has been developed into a wider role, overseeing the education strategy for the Trust, supporting Principals in both the Secondary and Primary phase.

From September 2019 I will take on the role of  Chair of Peterborough Partnership of Secondary Schools and I am also Vice-Chair of a locally based SCITT.