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Tony Dooley

Acting CEO and Education Development Officer/Data Protection Officer

Educated at Lancaster University and Bristol University, I have worked in the field of SEND since 1984. My early teaching roles were at schools offering provision for children with SEMH difficulties and complex/communication difficulties and ASD. I undertook further study at Birmingham University concentrating on curriculum design and school governance.

I became the Deputy Headteacher of a large special school in Blackburn in 1994 and in 1996 was appointed as headteacher of Rocklands School in Lichfield. Since 2012 I have been the Executive Headteacher of Two Rivers School in Tamworth. This role involved the strategic oversight of two very successful special schools with additional  nursery provision supporting highly effective leadership teams across the federation. I have taken on the role of DPO for the schools since the introduction of new data protection regulations.

I am a member of a rock and roll/soul band and I am a lifelong Manchester City supporter.

Mark Highfield

Chief Finance Officer

I am a CIMA qualified accountant with almost twenty years experience in the education sector, having worked at two multinational outsourcing companies in senior Finance roles.

The last five years of my career has been spent working with new and converting academies. I have provided Finance Director level support to a number of Multi Academy Trusts, particularly around setting up systems and processes and ensuring compliance with the Academies Financial Handbook and requirements of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

My role as CFO at Endeavour Multi Academy Trust is a natural extension of all my experience to date and I’m supportive of  the Trust’s positive commitment to ethical principles and its adoption of NGA guidelines.  I work closely with schools and the executive team to report on and protect the financial position of the organisation.


Simon Kibble

Chair of Trustees

Worked in the education sector since 1995 after qualifying as a teacher through Warwick University, following training prior to that as an accountant with Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC). School based career culminated in an Assistant Headship at a school in Staffordshire, followed by a Lead Practitioner role with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, as Regional Enterprise Coordinator, managing the East and West Midlands element of the national Enterprise Education programme (a DfE contract held by SSAT). Worked in the FE sector since 2012 as the Director of Quality and Development at a college in Leicestershire. Wide range of skills including curriculum development, quality improvement (particularly around teaching and learning) and data analysis. Strategic leadership experience includes the development of corporate vision, strategy, organisational level quality improvement plans and line management of a wide range of colleagues in teaching and non-teaching roles. Additionally I am a Governor of Stephenson Studio School in Leicestershire and a founding Trustee and Treasurer of WELCOME St Georges, a small UK charity that runs summer camps in Egypt for children from the ‘garbage villages’ of Cairo, giving me an overview of a range of governance structures relevant to the not for profit sector.

Steve Crane

Chair of Trustee Finance Committee

I have a background in telecommunications and ICT – computers, data networks and phones – having been a Computer Techy and Analyst-Programmer for a national heating and pump hire company; a Data-Centre Operations Manager for an international waste management company; a Sales Support Engineer, Business Development, Marketing and Strategy Consultant for a multinational telecommunications company; and a Telecommunications Consultant for my own business.  I also had a detour as a luxury watch and pen distributor (having an early online retail presence).  

Due to my background in running my own business and helping in the marketing and business development of others, it has been decided my skills are best-placed to help oversee the improvement of the school(s)’ finances.  This will be an interesting and challenging role moving forward, against the near-constant flux in education funding and the role our school(s) will play in the ever-changing education landscape.

Tracey Evans

Trustee with responsibility to oversee HR

Currently employed as a Senior HR Consultant for Services 4 Schools, I have over 22 years’ experience within HR, and the public sector, effectively managing customer relationships and providing a supportive, customer-focused and problem-solving approach.  This is achieved by providing comprehensive advice through highlighting the range of options that are available and the associated risks, in accordance to statue policy and best practice. 

In my role, I facilitate, guide and lead with sensitivity on complex and sometimes contentious employment issues, proving myself to be an extremely reliable and approachable HR specialist, with the flexibility to take on new strategies whilst still remaining focused on the Schools’ or Academies goals and vision. 

Shared values, understanding and an acceptance of differences are all key components of achieving a successful relationship.  My effective engagement with Headteacher’ and Governing Bodies has contributed towards building excellent rapports, partnerships and a common vision.  I fully understand that people are any Schools’ or Academies’ strongest asset therefore I am committed to providing an outstanding service through maintaining a high professional and ethical standard at all times.

Louise Blackburn

Chair of Audit & RIsk Committee

"As a qualified and experienced teacher and senior leader Louise has a proven track record of improving outcomes for young people. Louise has most recently worked cross-phase for a large Local Authority as a key member of the school improvement team, challenging school leaders to improve provision and raise aspirations. The impact of this work can be seen in improved outcomes and inspection grades.  Since starting to work independently two years ago, Louise has worked with well over a hundred schools across all phases to support effective school improvement that makes a difference to young people; headteachers speak highly of her forensic analysis of a situation and ability to identify key steps to bring about positive changes.  Her biggest passion is as an advocate for disadvantaged youngsters and her most rewarding days of work are helping school leaders to effectively support the most vulnerable learners. " 

Ricarda Norris

Project Work & PR

Ricarda has been working for Staffordshire County Council for 9 years, and has been with the Transformation Support Unit for the last 4 years.  Currently working as a Business Change Analyst working to provide improvements through transformation projects.  Proficient in System’s Thinking methodology which provides an approach that ensures a person centred approach to understand the needs prior to undertaking change management.  Most relevant and recent experience would be working on the SEND Transformation and collaboratively modelling the ‘new ways of working’ to translate strategic vision into practical deliverables and solutions to ensure positive impact for children and families of Staffordshire.  In June, Ricarda will be leaving Staffordshire County Council to work at Cheshire East council as a Quality and Contract Monitoring Manager to gain further experience of the commissioning arena in the hopes of gaining a better perspective all round. 

Vanessa Kerman


My background is predominantly in training, mentoring and managing teams within a training company.  After having my first child in 2002 I decided on a change of career and I took on the role of Company Secretary, in the family business.

As part of my role, I am responsible for reviewing the company’s financial accounts and providing regular company statistics to the rest of the board.

I also oversee the management of quality and procedures within the business.  I regularly meet with both internal and external auditors to maintain compliance set out by our certification bodies, and to ensure we conform to current legislation within the business.

It is important to me that the Ethos and the Values of an organisation are clear and adhered to.

Due to my background, it has been decided that I will form part of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Policy Oversight Committee for the Trust, a role that I am looking forward to assisting with.


Eddie Leonard


I have been a qualified Chartered Accountant for over 25 years and bring both financial expertise and broader senior management experience to support the board in its work.  Most recently I have been working in corporate turn around and recovery through my own consultancy business.

I have a strong commitment to social justice, building on my original degree discipline of Law and was attracted to Endeavour as a consequence of its engagement with the ethical leadership in education agenda.

As my own children were growing up I was involved in the governance of their Summer Playscheme and stepped in as chair when it was clear there were weaknesses in the structure that had the potential to compromise inspection outcome.  This work was challenging but rewarding and served to extend my experience of the education world.  In order to do this I had to work extremely closely with Warwickshire County Council’s Safeguarding Officer, and also register all the various legal and procedural documents with the relevant authorities.

Having successfully established my own business I am now in a position to be able to contribute to ‘civil society’ once again and enjoying bringing my experience to a forward thinking trust which resonates with my own values very strongly.



Roger Bartlett



Roger James Bartlett. PgDip        

Occupation. Retired company director. (2013)

Employed for the last 43 years in a local fluid power manufacturing company.

Progressed from engineering draughtsman to Engineering Director/Site Leader with responsibility for P&L. During which time the company changed from private ownership into U.S global corporate ownership.
Recommended and lead the acquisition of two companies to broaden product portfolio.
Increased turnover from £6 million to £14 million.
Experianced in. Strategic management, product development, sales, H.R, and customer relations.

Currently serving on a voluntary basis as Chair and Treasurer of the charity WorktoWork  (1157585)


Chris Rogers


Headteacher at Kinver High School and Sixth Form.  As such I hold responsibility for the leadership and management of the school in line with the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers. I have been Head at Kinver for 8 years.  In the past two years I have overseen the school’s conversion to academy status within a Multi Academy Trust, Invictus Education Trust.  Kinver is a founder member of the trust and I attend all trust board meetings.  The team of headteachers within the trust meet on a weekly basis.

I am an experienced school leader having been in senior leadership teams for 14 years. My experience began in 2002 as an Assistant Headteacher Learning Manager for Key Stage 4 and 6th Form at Ounsdale High School. During my time in post I was also a part time Local Authority Adviser for 14-19 developments within the Staffordshire LA.  I was then appointed as Deputy Headteacher for Standards and Achievement at Carisbrooke High School on the Isle of Wight.  I held this post for 3 years which included a 2 term temporary appointment as acting headteacher.  I left Carisbrooke to become headteacher at Kinver High School in 2008 (when the school was known as Edgecliff High).

My middle leadership experience was as a Head of Sixth Form firstly at Highfields school in Wolverhampton.  This was a one year temporary post which led to my appointment as Head of Sixth Form at Ounsdale High School.  I held that post for 6 years.

I am a great advocate of collaborative and partnership working. I am South Staffordshire’s representative on the Staffordshire Secondary Heads Forum, I play an active role on the South Staffordshire District Inclusion Panel and the Wightwick Partnership which manages vocational provision for South Staffordshire secondary schools.

Rachel Bradley


My name is Rachel Bradley. I came into the world of SEND when I became a music teacher in 1998. At the same time as this, I was performing with some of the best musicians in the world (my opinion), and I used my grounding there in the classroom creating cover versions of some of the pupils’ favourite songs. Why is this relevant? Well, I found that the students with the most profound behavioural and learning needs had an outlet in my classroom. They were no longer defined by the groups they had been put in (I insisted that my classes remained mixed ability), they were as much a part of the class as everyone else (one of the best drummers I worked with had ADHD, Autism and severe learning difficulties). This piqued my interest. I wanted to find out more. In 2014, I was promoted to the role of SEND manager in a school. I used creativity in my classroom to get students with SEND to engage in the curriculum. I ran after school clubs focussed around developing their skills in English and Maths – with a bit of band playing thrown in. I now manage the SEND curriculum in a mainstream setting and absolutely love it. Supported by my line manager, my colleagues and I are creating a unique curriculum based around Independent Living and Employability. I am passionate about the world of SEND, particularly in Post 16 but also more widely. I really want to make a valuable contribution to the MAT. .

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