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David is a highly experienced and respected education professional who has unrivalled experience and expertise in supporting school leaders and governors in the development of effective governance models. David brings over 40 years of experience in the education sector to his work and this includes extensive headship experience, a range of senior management roles in local government, a national advisory role for the DfE and consultancy and leadership roles in the private sector. He has Qualified Teacher Status and is a graduate of the University of Warwick. He was an Ofsted inspector for 13 years. David was selected as the NGA’s Outstanding Clerk of the Year in 2015 and was a member of Sir David Carter’s expert group that developed the Competency Framework for Governance (DfE). He also helped to develop the DfE’s framework for school/academy clerks. David currently provides governance support to Durham Diocesan MAT and Tudhoe Learning Trust.