Richard Williams

Director of Academic Studies

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I joined the Trust in August 2016 to lead the network’s strategy on Academic Studies.

This encompasses the curriculum design in the secondary phase and post-16 provision, as well as arts, music and cultural enrichment opportunities across the Trust.

As Director of Academic Studies, I also have designated responsibility for admissions, safeguarding, attendance and exclusions as well as alternative provision.

For me, education is one of the few professions where you have the potential to change somebody’s life for the better every day.

Seeing young people achieve, watching them realise their potential and overcome challenges is what makes me passionate about my work.

Career history

Richard has 30 years experience of working in education systems both in the UK and internationally, and for the last 15 years he has been leading transformational change across the sector.

His consistent success and in-depth understanding of sustainable improvement is drawn from his experience of Headships, Executive Headships, leading school interventions and establishing and leading academies. Additionally, he has been a Regional Director with a leading Multi Academy Trust and Head of Federation.

Richard‘s work as Headteacher, Principal, Executive Leader, Inspector and Regional Director has given him a broad range of experiences and expertise in improving schools and changing systems. He has also provided advice and support on education policy and system change to local authority portfolio holders and council leaders.

Richard’s work in establishing and chairing Interim Management Boards and Governing Bodies has also resulted in the award of National Leader of Governance.