Stuart has worked within the civil aerospace industry at Rolls-Royce for over 7 years with a range of experiences in business and project management, this includes analysing project financial health, dealing with enterprise resource planning systems and providing guidance on budget management and load capacity planning. This is supported by a BA Hons Degree in Business Management and more recently the Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7) awarded by the Association for Project Managers (APM), which he will be shortly formally associated with.
Stuart has recently started working as an integrated project team lead responsible for delivering tools in time for building a development engine. This involves ensuring adequate design definition is provided to a team of tool designers and manufacturing engineers, enabling tool specifications to be written for releasing to an external design and make supply chain. Managing a cross-functional team from various parts of the organisation requires effective communication and sufficient key performance indicators to keep on plan.
Prior to this role he was a business controller for numerous civil aerospace engine projects, providing financial analysis and management information to the projects executive teams to aid decision making. This included forecasting with comparisons to business case, managing financial accruals, consolidating resource request for load capacity planning and general guidance and support to multiple layers of the organisation. Combined with his project management experiences he has a vast array of experience in how to effectively forecast and manage projects to ensure objectives are achieved.
Stuart has also been involved in volunteering activities supporting local communities including being a group leader for Derby Toc-H Children’s Camp which provides a summer holiday for children that need it most. He has also been involved with some STEM (Science Technology Education & Maths) activities whilst part of a graduate community project team which provided oversight to the generation of a standard school syllabus for horticultural modules. These experiences have given him a better appreciation of how catering for individual needs can support children progressing through their education and aid in socialising to build important friendships.
Su Kinney has worked in the Education Recruitment industry for over 20 years. Specialising in the SEND Sector for the last 10 years. Working within the private sector whilst providing to the public sector gives her a unique and rounded approach to providing services to schools and education provisions.
Currently Su heads up a Regional branch network, managing and developing business, implementing strategic business plans and managing internal staff. Su has strong management & people skills. Delivering business outcomes within a dynamic fast paced environment.
Through this work Su has developed Partnerships with Multi Academy Trusts, schools and alternative provisions across the UK. Creating and implementing cost effective HR solutions. Supporting schools and provisions with bespoke pupil centric staffing.
Over Su’s career she has developed and implemented strategic direction & delivery of SEN implementation plans. Initiated change through performance management over a branch network covering 26 locations across the UK.
Recently she has re-marketed a brand and has developed a training package for SEND & Intervention within the mainstream sector. Providing internal staff with critical understanding and knowledge around funding, revenue streams and client demands.
Ian Lowe is an experienced CEO, Systems Leader, Executive Coach and head teacher, with a track record of developing people and organisations within complex, multi layered academic organisations and structures, including Primary, Secondary and Special Education. He has developed a reputation for ethical leadership and highly inclusive practice where the needs of children are met by creating multi-disciplinary teams that collectively improve outcomes. Warwickshire Task Group Chair - challenging and supporting schools in category. As an independent consultant he set up Ethical School Solutions. His recent work includes working for Multi Academy Trusts leading strategic operations, school improvement and inclusion as well as supporting Warwickshire in school improvement and coaching in their HT’s ‘Listening Ear’ support. He has extensive experience in public speaking. At events such as the BETT show and National Autism Conference. His passion lies with high quality ethical leadership and practice that support well-being but raise outcomes. He firmly believes in leadership building a sustainable and high performing organisations that continually self-reflect, challenge and improve over time.
I grew up in Berwick on Tweed. This happy place gave the background for a wonderful childhood where I could fish, swim and enjoy a whole range of sports. Leaving home to work as a student teacher in York were my first steps into education.
I spent seven years in my first teaching post in Newcastle upon Tyne. The school was a purpose built comprehensive which had amazing facilities. We also were able to undertake a broad variety of curriculum development initiatives. By the time I came to move, I had a mortgage, a wife and two children.
My first move took me to Sandwell in the West Midlands where I took up the role of Head of House. Manor High School was an extremely challenging place to work. The area was subject to extreme deprivation.
I spent four extremely happy years there before moving to Handsworth in Birmingham. This was a multiracial area, again the deprivation was considerable. This was increased by the race riots which took place while I was Deputy Head.
Great Barr School, Birmingham was my next move. This was a school of over 2000 students. I stayed there for four years and particularly enjoyed the expressive arts for which the school was famous.
My first headship was in Derbyshire, Frederick Gent School. The challenges there were many. The under achievement was mammoth. After eight years the school had made considerable progress.
This provided a platform for me to move to Ashfield School in Nottinghamshire, a school of 2500 students. I was there for 12 wonderful years during which time we increased achievement, transformed the curriculum and enhanced the buildings.
After retiring from full-time headship I took on two part-time Executive Headships and acted as a mentor for school leaders working within the education sector and in youth services.
This extensive career in education leadership has taken me to a world of medical school admissions, expert panel membership to advise Government policy, promotion of STEM as an ambassador in the South West region, promotion of vocational qualifications and presentations at countless national conferences as well as supporting local schools as a governor.
In 2015 I moved to Devon to enjoy the country life. This brought us nearer to our daughter in Exeter and enabled us to spend more time with our daughter in Germany. We spend part of our time each year in an apartment we have bought in the south of France.