Rowena Hackwood - SAAS
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Rowena Hackwood

CEO - Astrea Academy Trust

Rowena became Chief Executive Officer at Astrea in July 2020.  She has significant experience in leading high profile organisations across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.  Before joining Astrea, Rowena was CEO at David Ross Education Trust (DRET) where from 2017, she embedded performance improvements and led the Trust in providing inspirational opportunities and educational excellence.

As well as having been CEO of two major academy trusts, Rowena has served as a trustee of one of the largest trust in the country, and also been a director of Education Support Services.

Through her previous role as Chief Executive of a not-for-profit start-up in the regeneration sector, Rowena set up and ran a £60 million regeneration project of national importance on behalf of a City Philanthropist, under the auspices of the Auckland Castle Trust.

A strong believer in bringing the best of the public and private sector together, Rowena provides strong and visionary leadership to those she works with. She drives energetic change so that organisations become the best they can be.. She is also a passionate advocate of the need for the education sector to become more diverse, and she mentors new and future leaders, including through the Ambition Institute.