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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.

 Mick Gernon - Chief Executive Officer

Mick has 36 years’ experience working in education in a range of transformational and innovative leadership roles in the UK and internationally. As an experienced and successful CEO, Executive Principal, and School Improvement Leader he has led new, turnaround, and groups of schools in the UK and Dubai, covering UK, IB, and international curricula. Each of these have provided challenges ranging from some of the most deprived communities in the UK and transforming schools with a long history of underperformance, to rapidly establishing and leading some of the largest UK curriculum schools in the world and delivering outstanding inspection ratings.

With extensive commercial and corporate experience he brings an exciting and unique combination of outstanding educational, commercial, and technological leadership experience from across public and private sectors to the role of Chief Executive at Thomas Deacon Education Trust. 



Scott Hudson - Director of 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.

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.’