David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust

Our mission is to give every child attending one of our schools a world-class education.

Our Team

Our People

The Trust has over 1,900 staff committed to improving the life chances of young people across the network.

While the Trust provides the framework and foundations, our successes are the collective efforts and achievements of everyone associated with the network.

This is underpinned by the vision of the Trustees, and supported by the expertise of the Trust’s Chief Executive, Directors and Heads of Service and the educationalists who work across the Trust to ensure best practice and innovation is embraced and embedded.


  • Stuart Burns
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Mark Neild
    Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Simon Rose
    Director of Education - Primary
  • Jane Spencer
    Chief Finance Officer
  • Maria Maltby
    Head of Governance
  • Rod Warsap
    Regional Director - Primary (Central/South)
  • Wendy Baxter
    Regional Director - Primary (North)

Primary Education Team

  • Simon Rose
    Director of Primary Education
  • Rod Warsap
    Regional Director and Inspection Readiness Lead
  • Wendy Baxter
    Regional Director and Primary Attendance Lead
  • Sarah Bates
    Regional Director and CPD Lead
  • Sandra Appleby
    Regional Director and Pupil Premium Lead
  • Kim Lawton
    Executive Principal
  • Kim Duff
    Core Knowledge Curriculum Lead
  • Jane Cooksley
    Principal and Primary English Lead
  • Helen Dent
    Primary Early Years Lead - North

Secondary Education Team

Heads of Service

  • Richard Widdison
    Head of HR
  • Richard Crompton
    Heard of Estates, Facilities and Operations
  • Karen Linnett
    Financial Controller
  • Ellis Jacklin
    Head of IT & Data
  • Shane Ward
    Head of Sports Enrichment
  • Simon Toyne
    Executive Director of Music


  • David Ross
  • Christine Counsell
  • Joanne Hoareau
  • Tracey Maloney
    Trustee, Trustee
  • David Hall
  • Nigel Langstaff
  • Sir Andrew Foster
  • Martyn Oliver
  • Peter Cantley
  • Richard Emerton