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Debbie is CEO of the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) – a large 3 to 19 multi-academy trust of special, primary and secondary academies along with an FE arm in Nottinghamshire. ATT is an approved DfE sponsor operating in the West Midlands, East Midlands and East and South East England. Debbie joined ATT in September 2018. Prior to this, she was the Deputy and Acting CEO at the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership (DALP) based in the East Midlands.
Debbie is a former HMI and was, before that, the Principal of Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough – a high performing 11-19 converter academy judged outstanding by Ofsted in all S5 aspects. Nunthorpe received much ministerial accolade and Debbie was invited to a Downing Street reception for ‘Inspirational Women Leaders’ in 2014 as a result of her work at Nunthorpe.
She has been a qualified teacher for 33 years, working in a range of schools and organisations across a number of local authorities. She has wide regional and national experience in leadership development and school to school improvement, and has supported national projects, conferences and working parties/groups for the DfE, the Institute of Education (London) and Roehampton.
Debbie sits on GovNet’s Education Advisory Board.