Northern Education

Executive Board

 

Les Walton CBE

Les Walton CBE

Prior to 1996 Les was Headteacher of Norham Community Technology College.  In 1996 he was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. He then held a number of roles between 1996 and 2009 including Executive Director for Education in North Tyneside and Principal and Chief Executive of Tyne Metropolitan College.  In 2000 he was requested by the DfE to lead the interim management and outsourcing of Bradford Education Authority. In 2000 Les founded Northern Education in order to provide support to schools. During this period he developed the concept of a ‘New Relationship with Schools’ and introduced partnership boards involving Headteachers.

In July 2009, Les was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education, as Chair of the Young People’s Committee within the Learning and Skills Council and Chair of the Young People’s Learning Agency which he held until 2012. Les currently chairs the Advisory Group for the Education Funding Agency. He is a member of the North East Council for the Chamber of Commerce and is the education advisor to the North East Board of the Institute of Directors.  Les primarily focuses on his role as Chair of the Northern Education Trust. His main interest is education governance and recently The Northern Education Trust won the IAA 2014 'Best Practice Award for Effective and Innovative Governance'.

Les was awarded the CBE in the New Years Honours list 2013.

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Diane Greaves

Diane Greaves

Director 

Diane was formerly Manager for Strategic Partnerships with North Tyneside’s Children, Young People and Families Directorate and has successfully project managed many initiatives. She is a former LA Education Inspector and has carried out OFSTED inspections. 

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Email: diane.greaves@northerneducation.com

Ray Steele

Ray Steele

Director 

After working as Education Manager at Tyneside Training and Enterprise Council, where he built his understanding of the issues and barriers in the relationship between employment and education, Ray became Senior Adviser for Secondary Education for Newcastle City Council from 2000 with overall responsibility for the Secondary Standards agenda within the city.  He led the New Relationship with Schools national pilot in 2004-05 and chaired the city-wide 14-19 Partnership graded ‘Good’ in the 2005 inspection. In addition he held strategic responsibility for Adult and Community Learning in the city (£5 million).  As Head of School Improvement from 2006 his responsibilities broadened to include all issues of relationships with Secondary schools He was the Local Authority lead on the transfer of Connexions services from Tyne and Wear to the City of Newcastle. He was also the lead officer on the transfer of LSC functions to the Local Authority in 2010. Ray was the corporate Project Sponsor of the Building Schools for the Future programme – a highly intensive and successful programme rebuilt all secondary, middle and special schools in the city (over £200 million) by 2012.

From 2010, working as an independent consultant, he has been a School Improvement Partner with a number of schools,  supported groups of schools across Newcastle to move to Foundation Status, advised numerous Governing Bodies on Headteacher appointments, successfully completed bid writing and Project Management for the establishment of new schools, and managed a range of innovative projects with Northern Education. He became Managing Director in October 2014.

 

Kevin McDermid

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In 2000, Kevin was appointed Head Teacher of an 11-16 inner city comprehensive school in challenging circumstances.  Under his leadership, the school won a School Achievement Award and, by 2006, its CVA placed it in the top 25% of schools nationally. In 2004-5, Kevin was Teaching Awards Head Teacher of the Year in the North East and Cumbria.  From 2007 to 2008, Kevin was interim head teacher of an 11-16 inner city comprehensive serving an extremely disadvantaged catchment area.  Despite the challenges the school faced in its transition to academy status, examination results in 2008 were the best in the school's history. Since 2008, Kevin has worked as a SIP/NCA in academies and schools in different local authorities across the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside: with Kevin’s support, all have made substantial progress, with the five National Challenge schools, in particular, having secured remarkable improvements in achievement.   Kevin is able, therefore, to call on and share best practice from a wide range of schools.  His areas of particular expertise are: raising achievement in schools in challenging circumstances; school planning and self-evaluation; the effective use of data for school improvement; building distributed leadership; curriculum development; working with the full range of stakeholders in opening new schools and academies. 

 

Tom Grieveson

 

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Tom has been one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) since 2005 and a senior HMI with responsibility for managing a team of HMI in the North East since the regionalisation of Ofsted in January 2013. Prior to this, Tom gained extensive experience of headship before moving to senior positions in North East local authorities including as head of service. Tom has consistently led some of the most high profile inspections in several parts of England and has gained extensive expertise in working with schools in Ofsted categories of concern and academies. His school inspection work began in 1996 and this extended to the inspection of local education authorities in 2004 working as an additional inspector for Ofsted. He has detailed knowledge of the North East and its educational performance and has led on many initiatives over the years, most recently into the performance of disadvantaged pupils.