Chief Executive and Executive Headteacher (Ebor Academy Filey): Richard Ludlow is a National Leader of Education and has been head of three primary schools, latterly Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy which was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted at its last inspection. Richard has led the development of the Ebor Academy Trust since it was formed in December 2013. He is a Fellow of the National College for Teaching and Learning and has a track record of successfully leading, managing and improving primary schools. He has also established three international education partnerships, in Madrid, Singapore and Shanghai. In June 2019 Richard was awarded an OBE for services to education. Richard is also the trust’s Accounting Officer. Richard is retiring from the Trust at the end of January 2020, to be succeeded by Gail Brown.
Senior Executive Headteacher (Ebor Central and Yorkshire Coast hubs) and Chief Executive Officer Designate: Gail Brown is a National Leader of Education and has over 25 years’ experience in primary education, having taught every age group. She has successfully led two schools, taking one from Good to Outstanding and a school in Special Measures to Good in all areas. Gail spent six years working within a local authority context and as part of the National Strategies Yorkshire and Humber Regional Adviser team, supporting, challenging and improving practice and provision. Following a rigorous national selection process in November 2019, Gail has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Ebor Academy Trust, effective 1 February 2020. Email: email@example.com
Executive Headteacher (Ebor South and East Riding and The Humber hubs): Dave Barber has over 21 years’ experience in the primary sector, 11 of those in senior management positions. Dave, an LLE, has worked effectively across the full primary age range in six schools in a wide range of contexts. He has extensive experience of providing school to school support that has proved instrumental in bringing about positive change. Dave has recently been chair of his local learning alliance and a member of the North Yorkshire Education Partnership Board. He believes passionately in providing opportunities for young people to flourish and develop independent and collaborative learning skills. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Simpson is a big picture thinker and problem solver. Before joining Ebor in September 2019, Debbie was chair of the Institute of Continuous Improvement in the Public Sector and interim chief operating officer of Greater Birmingham Enterprise Partnership. There she overcame numerous political challenges and identified and successfully tackled complex financial matters that challenged the accepted position. She has previously been head of transformation and change with a shared service company and a senior civil servant.
Andrew Robinson is a CIMA qualified accountant with a BA in Accounting & Management Control. He has over 15 years’ experience of working with fast growing entrepreneurial businesses in senior finance roles. Following his last role as finance & risk director for a financial services company in York, he joined Ebor in April 2017. Andrew is also the trust’s Chief Finance Officer.
Alison Taylor’s career in Human Resources began with Surrey County Council and has since spanned both the public and private sectors. In 1995 Alison returned to her native Yorkshire where she has worked in local authorities, financial services and the further education sector. She has been a HR Director since 2009.
Tim Moat is responsible for marketing and communications, press liaison and reputation management of the trust and its schools. He line manages much of Ebor’s operational activity, including contracts, estates and facilities, business support and IT. He also leads on partnership development with like-minded organisations and oversees academy conversions.
Andy has over 30 years’ senior level managerial experience in project, operations and facilities management within sectors such as energy, the NHS and education. He is now engaged in developing facilities, site management, maintenance and connected operational requirements across the estates in the trust. Andy is also the trust’s health and safety officer.
Neil comes from a farming family. He has grown up with a love of numbers and has a BA in mathematics and statistics. Having worked on the accounts of a small business for over 10 years, Neil moved to Ebor in January 2018.
He is currently working towards his AAT level 3.
Lara has over 20 years’ accountancy experience in various business environments including the educational sector. She worked at Great Yarmouth College in Norfolk and after relocating to Yorkshire she was employed by Askham Bryan College. Lara joined the Ebor Academy Trust in April 2018.