After 25 years in primary education in the South West, Simon is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Learning Academies Trust. Simon is an experienced National Leader of Education and the joint lead Headteacher of the Plymouth Teaching School Alliance, one of the first 200 in the country. As an active NLE, Simon has undertaken a number of successful deployments supporting schools, including periods of substantive acting headship. Simon is one of the founding directors of ‘Leading Schools South West’ which runs National College leadership programmes across the South West peninsula. Simon represents Plymouth on Ofsted’s ‘South West Regional Headteacher Reference Group’ and the South West on the Education Development Trust’s ‘National Advisory Group’ for the Schools Partnership Programme. Simon is also currently undertaking work for the DFE as a ‘Primary expert’ supporting the Regional Schools Commissioners Office in the South West. Simon is absolutely delighted to be leading the newly formed Learning Academies Trust as its first Chief Executive Officer and really excited about the difference it is going to make to children’s life chances in Plymouth and across the South West.