Northern Education Trust

Working to fulfil the potential of young people

Chief Executive

Ian Kershaw, Chief Executive


Ian has held a number of senior leadership positions in education with successful experience of managing change that has significantly improved outcomes for young people and adults. He has been a headteacher of a highly successful inner urban secondary community school, as well as the Executive Head of a large residential special school. As the successful Director of an Education Action Zone in East Durham, Ian was responsible for overseeing significant improvements in pupil and student outcomes across primary and secondary schools, as well as the establishment of an innovative range of programmes in the provision of counselling services for children and the creative arts and sports.

For eleven years he was the Managing Director of Northern Education, the company responsible for delivering a wide range of highly regarded improvement services to schools and local authorities in the North of England. Appointed by Birmingham City Council as the Independent Chief Adviser in 2014, Ian led the investigation into claims in the so-called ?Trojan Horse? letter. His report provided the foundation for changes being implemented to improve the governance and oversight of the city?s schools and academies.

Role of the Chief Executive

  • Accountability for the academic performance of schools and school improvement
  • Accountability for the financial health and probity of the Trust
  • Support directly to the Chair of the Trust
  • Responsibility for leadership of staff working for the Trust
  • Management of quality assurance, pupil outcomes and financial health of the Trust
  • Establishment and maintenance of services to the academies
  • Promoting the work of the Trust and
  • Maintaining good working relationships with Local Authorities, Associate schools and other partners