Ian is a National Leader of Education and CEO of Empower Trust. Ian was previously Headteacher of St.Peter’s CE Primary and Nursery School - a National Support School and a National Teaching School. Ian was also Director of the North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance, a National Pupil Premium Grant Reviewer, a founding member of Shropshire Schools Forum, a member of Shropshire’s Central Policy Group, a Trustee of the Market Drayton Learning Partnership Trust, and a member of the Chairs of Headteachers National Executive Board.
Ian was previously Chair of the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Teaching Schools Sub-Regional Group and represented the group on the West Midlands Regional Teaching Schools Alliance. Ian met Prime Minister Gordon Brown at No 10 Downing Street and has experience of working with Ministers and DfE officials on education policy issues.
As one of the first cohort of National Leaders of Education, Ian has supported over 20 schools and academies to move out of Ofsted categories. Under Ian’s leadership St Peter’s school became the first Leadership Development School, National Support School and primary National Teaching School in Shropshire.
Ian has designed innovative school-led school-to-school support strategies promoting effective collaboration between schools, leading to improved outcomes for Shropshire children. He played a key role in developing and leading the first £500,000 Strategic School Improvement Fund project focused on improving outcomes for children in 24 schools across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
Ian has worked as West Midlands Associate for the National College of School Leadership (NCSL), promoting leadership development in schools and academies, an Ofsted inspector and a School Improvement Partner. He has delivered keynote speeches at regional and national conferences and was a founding member of the Food for Life National Education Advisory Board.
Ian has also been Headteacher of two primary schools and a large junior school. He has undertaken many part-time roles including Consultant Leader and advisory teacher for both ICT and Curriculum and Assessment.
Tricia is an experienced Chief Finance Officer with Academy experience.
Before moving into the Education sector in 2013, Tricia worked for the Crown Prosecution Service for 12 years where her last post there was Business Manager.
Between 2013 and 2018 she worked as a School Business Manager in a large primary school where she was part the school’s Senior Leadership Team. She completed her Level 5 ILM Accredited Diploma in School Business Management in 2016 and is also a member of ISBL (Institute of School Business Leaders).
Michelle is an experienced Executive Assistant having over 15 years' experience within an educational setting. Her experience includes providing Professional Assistant duties to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in two secondary schools whilst undertaking an additional role as Educational Visits Coordinator.
Michelle also has previous experience as a PA for a Managing Director and managed an Adult Education Programme, a conference centre and community facility hire at a large College. More recently, Michelle has developed her knowledge and skills to include web design and social media support whilst running her own Virtual Assistant business.
Michelle has a background in Human Resources with experience in recruitment & talent planning and employee relations and has achieved an Associate CIPD qualification.
Michelle provides Executive Assistant duties to the CEO, ensures the efficient running of the Central Team office and provides a link between the Central Team and each academy.
Becky is the Financial Officer for Empower Trust based at the central office. Becky joined us in 2018 as a Financial Administrator. In October 2019, she was promoted to Finance Officer.
From 2010 – 2018 Becky worked in retail banking with 5 of those years spent as Counter Manager in various different branches.
Becky works closely with the Headteachers, Business Managers and Admin teams and visits each School on a monthly basis to review school income and expenditure and is responsible for maintaining accurate financial records across the Trust.
Suzanne has been working at St George’s Junior School currently as School Business Manager whilst on Secondment to Empower Trust as Operations Manager.
Before moving from Ireland and working in the education sector she worked in private business for and over 20 years within the procurement and engineering industry, firstly in admin and finance posts and through progression of her career to end in a project management role working closely with the directors of the business from a central team function serving UK, Ireland & European customers. Her experience in this employment allowed her to grow with the business from the start of its journey into a very successful business supporting blue chip manufacturing companies giving her excellent skills and experience that she could bring to the trust in many business functions.
Having proven over the years significant cost savings to the school budget as well as excellent facilities & property management, finance management, health & safety and project & event management she is looking forward to working with the schools in the Trust.
She has qualifications in finance, procurement and a Degree in Science in Event Management. Currently studying towards ILM Level 5 School Business Leaders and is a member of the ISBL.