Following a successful career in the police, Steve retired in 2016. Involved in school governance since 2010, he was appointed to the Board of a large MAT in 2014. Becoming Chair of his school trust in 2015, Steve led major changes in trust development, successfully re-structuring both Trustees and Members at the trust. Having undertaken a complete re-focussing of trust governance and leadership in 2016, he continues to deliver long term educational and financial sustainability.
As Chair of one of the highest performing multi academy trusts in England, Steve delivers impactive school and MAT leadership across 52 academies. Steve is actively involved in working with Regional Schools Commissioners and Academy Ambassadors to promote trust governance at national and regional levels.
Regularly working with Ambition Institute and the Confederation of School Trusts, Steve has a proven record of coaching and support to system leaders at every level, enabling leaders to drive change to create rapid school improvement. A Senior Associate of the Association of Education Advisers and a member of the Large MAT Chairs Group, Steve plays an active role in promoting work on policy, system collaboration, executive pay, financial sustainability and future MAT assessment. A member of the National Governors Association NLG Advisory Board, Steve oversees, and advises, on the implementation of the new NLG national standards.
Steve is actively engaged as a member of the North Lincs Education Standards Board. He undertakes peer reviews on behalf of the Local Authority aimed at supporting school leaders to improve outcomes for children. Steve undertakes external reviews of School and MAT governance and promotes ethical, effective and accountable governance that helps drive school improvement.