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Ebor appoints Chief Operating Officer

Debbie Simpson has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Ebor Academy Trust, which now has 24 schools across York, Selby, the Yorkshire Coast and in the East Riding and The Humber.

Debbie, who describes herself as a “big picture” thinker and problem solver, was formerly 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, a senior civil servant with DEFRA and, as founding CEO of the Institute for Continuous Improvement in the Public Sector, was named as one of the top 25 most influential people in Europe.

She established and sold three travel-related multi-million pound businesses.

Richard Ludlow, Ebor’s chief executive, who is now part-time at the beginning of a phased retirement, said: “I am delighted with this appointment. Debbie has built a career on blending experience with entrepreneurial spirit, foresight and inspirational leadership, successfully embracing increasingly complex roles. She is extremely well placed to help take the trust to the next stage in its evolution.”

Debbie said: “I am thrilled to accept this challenge and look forward to working with Ebor’s talented and dedicated staff. Ebor Academy Trust is an exciting organisation that has come a long way in such a short period of time. The potential for Ebor and its family of schools is enormous.”