Rob has worked in education for over 30 years, with 25 of them in senior leadership positions and the last fourteen as Headteacher of two diverse schools both with resource provision units. His leadership has always been judged as good or better with elements of ‘Sector Leading Practice’ by Ofsted and Estyn. He has been a governor since 1995 in four different schools. He has worked through periods of change and austerity, which has required a clear understanding of the financial restraints on schools in these times. This has included restructuring whilst maintaining a drive to continually improve outcomes for pupils. The last four years saw him lead his school placed in the highest 2% of schools nationally for deprivation, from Requires Improvement to Good. As a headteacher, Rob has provided training on ‘Managing Behaviour’ and understanding the attachment needs of pupils to schools in other clusters, along with safeguarding and financial training for governors and community members.
Rob has worked extensively with partners chairing Headteacher Federations and sitting on Schools Forum, Improvement Boards and Charity Trusts. He has also undertaken school inspections as part of the Estyn team in Wales.
He is currently the Chair of the Primary Association of Headteachers in Cheshire West and Chester. Key responsibilities for this role include strategic representation for primary headteachers, supporting headteacher wellbeing and induction and headteacher professional development. He works alongside Local Authority officers, schools, teaching schools and academies to provide support and challenge for education leaders.