David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust

Our mission is to give every child attending one of our schools a world-class education.

Our Team

Our People

The Trust has over 1,900 staff committed to improving the life chances of young people across the network.

While the Trust provides the framework and foundations, our successes are the collective efforts and achievements of everyone associated with the network.

This is underpinned by the vision of the Trustees, and supported by the expertise of the Trust’s Chief Executive, Directors and Heads of Service and the educationalists who work across the Trust to ensure best practice and innovation is embraced and embedded.

Executive Team

  • Stuart Burns
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Mark Neild
    Deputy CEO and Director of Secondary Education
  • Simon Rose
    Director of Primary Education
  • Jane Spencer
    Chief Finance Officer
  • Rachel Ridgill
    Director of HR
  • Maria Maltby
    Head of Governance

Primary Education Team

  • Simon Rose
    Director of Primary Education
  • Rod Warsap
    Regional Director and Inspection Readiness Lead
  • Wendy Baxter
    Regional Director and Primary Attendance Lead
  • Sarah Bates
    Regional Director and CPD Lead
  • Sandra Appleby
    Regional Director and Pupil Premium Lead
  • Kim Duff
    Core Knowledge Curriculum Lead
  • Kim Lawton
    Executive Principal
  • Jane Cooksley
    Primary English Lead
  • Karen Smith
    Primary Maths Lead

Secondary Education Team

  • Mark Neild
    Deputy CEO and Director of Secondary Education
  • Helena Brothwell
    Regional Director
  • Juliet Jaggs
    Regional Director
  • Grace Healy
    Curriculum Director
  • Lyndsay Bawden
    Trust Wide Lead - English
  • Virginie Barre
    Trust Wide Lead - MFL
  • Emma Swift
    Trust Wide Lead - Science
  • Jacob Bailey
    Trust Wide Lead - Geography

Heads of Service

  • Richard Widdison
    Head of HR
  • Richard Crompton
    Head of Estates, Facilities and Operations
  • Karen Linnett
    Financial Controller
  • Ellis Jacklin
    Head of IT & Data
  • Shane Ward
    Head of Sports Enrichment
  • Simon Toyne
    Executive Director of Music


  • David Ross
  • Christine Counsell
  • Joanne Hoareau
  • Tracey Maloney
  • David Hall
  • Nigel Langstaff
  • Sir Andrew Foster
  • Martyn Oliver
  • Peter Cantley
  • Richard Emerton