Colin Lofthouse is CEO of Smart Multi-academy Trust. Colin trained as a primary teacher 20 years ago following a career in archaeology. He has worked in 4 different local authorities in the North East as a teacher and school leader. In 2008 he became Head at Throckley Primary School, Newcastle and led the school out of special measures to become an outstanding school before moving to a large primary school in Sunderland. Recently he became the CEO for Smart Trust in Newcastle upon Tyne. His leadership principles have always been to promote collaborative structures for learning and professional development.
He is an author and conference speaker on curriculum design, professional development for school leaders, children’s mental health.
Colin is a Trustee of Schools North East a charity whose mission it is to support and champion all schools in the North East. He sits on the Healthy MindEd Commission which is researching how pupil voice can be used to reveal the causes and impact of mental health issues in our young people.