Wendy has diverse and varied experience within the financial and educational sector, spanning thirty-five years at local, regional and national level and with over twenty years in executive positions. Her work has focused on areas heavily influenced by national policy involving a high degree of change, risk and challenge reporting to Ministerial Boards, Regional Councils and Boards of Trustees.
Wendy joined the Trust in 2011 to grow and embed the sponsor’s vision with a particular focus on ensuring the Trust delivers high quality education and outstanding opportunity to young people in areas of disadvantage served by the Trust. Bringing deep knowledge of the national education agenda, combined with a hands-on understanding of individual schools’ requirements to the David Ross Education Trust, she leads the Trust towards its ambition of providing inspirational opportunities and educational excellence to its network of academies.
Key highlights from her career include:
Lead Secondary Adviser for Greater Manchester Challenge including Closing the Gap lead, working across 10 LAs and with a number of ‘Keys to Success Schools’, covering transition into academies and negotiating other structural solutions including National Challenge Trusts
Lead Field Adviser on the DfE’s academies programme, brokering academies through to opening
Adviser to several School Improvement Strategy Groups, working in partnership with the DfE, SSAT, local authorities and other key stakeholders
Adviser to two regional School Performance Collaboratives as part of a national DfE national performance initiative
Director of one of the first Education Action Zones