Helena Brothwell Appointed as Secondary Improvement Director at David Ross Education Trust

Friday, May 10, 2019

Latest senior appointment to the Trust’s secondary education team.

The David Ross Education Trust is pleased to announce that Helena Brothwell has been appointed Regional Improvement Director for the Trust’s 11 secondary schools.

Helena is currently Principal of Queen Elizabeth’s Academy in Mansfield where she leading the school’s rapid transformation, having been appointed following its Ofsted Inadequate judgement in 2015.   Helena will take up her new role at the David Ross Education Trust in September 2019, having successfully prepared Queen Elizabeth’s for its Ofsted inspection due in the coming months.

Helena possesses 13 years’ experience spent in leadership and school improvement positions in Multi Academy Trusts.  As Improvement Director Helena will be responsible for driving up standards of student attainment and achievement in the secondary schools, and challenging and supporting schools to achieve and exceed their targets.

On her appointment, Helena Brothwell, said: “I believe that all students should have equal access to an excellent education, so they truly achieve equality of opportunity through a highly challenging and rich curriculum.   It is a philosophy at the heart of the David Ross Education Trust and I am passionate about school improvement done with moral courage, with teachers at the centre, ensuring that every child achieves their full potential, regardless of starting point or advantage.”

I am delighted to be joining the Trust at an exciting time in its growth as it embarks upon its journey to instill the highest expectations for the young people it serves, and an unapologetic pursuit of excellence for all.”

Helena’s is the latest appointment to the Trust’s secondary school improvement team, under the leadership of Mark Neild, Deputy CEO and Director of Education for Secondary, who joined the Trust in December 2018.  In January, Derek Hills joined the Trust’s central education team as Director of Data and Performance, from Harris Federation.  In March, the Trust announced that Christine Counsell, recognised as one of the education sector’s preeminent curriculum experts, has been appointed to its Trust Board.

Mark Neild, commented: “Helena is a fantastic addition to our Trust and our secondary education leadership team.  A few months ago, Helena provided us with a learning walk around Queen Elizabeth’s and we were all impressed with the incredible transformation she has led, underpinned by an ambitious and knowledge-rich curriculum and her ‘warm: strict’ approach to behaviour management.  We were delighted when Helena applied for our new Regional Improvement Director position, and she quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate in a very competitive field.

Helena’s appointment will further strengthen our growing secondary education team of experts, adding even greater depth to our talented team.”