David Harrison

Director of Operations

I became the Trust’s Director of Operations in August 2014.

I am responsible for ensuring that the Trust and its academies benefit from the best working environments and processes. This includes identifying commercial opportunities and introducing and managing Trust-wide contracts, most notably this has included establishing Trust-wide catering facilities and a central payments function.

Overseeing the estates team, I also lead on transformational building projects, including new builds and refurbishments as well as maximising use of the sporting facilities across our academies.

Over the last few years, it has been incredible to see the impact of our building projects. Smaller academies, such as Hogsthorpe, Bringhurst and Newnham now offer inspirational learning settings for our pupils.

In Hull, in 2015, Wold Academy and Ainthorpe Primary School also moved into brand new schools to replace the old Victorian buildings that were no longer fit for purpose.

Seeing young people progress from their various starting points and knowing that DRET has made a difference really makes what I do worthwhile.

The fact that we are genuinely giving young people opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to, is something really special.

Career history

David has over 30 years experience in industry. He has worked in the packaging and plastics industries as well as supplying strategic business development, technical solutions and interim management services to food manufacturing companies and international organisations worldwide.

David also has operational experience in other service industries including banking and transport logistics. He also played a key role in setting customer service standards for Japanese car company, Nissan, when they set up a national network.

In a voluntary role, David was also Chair of Governors at a school that went from Special Measures to Outstanding in just four years. It was this involvement that inspired him to work in the education sector. He has also supported a number of charity organisations.