The board of Vale Academy Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Evans as Chief Executive in succession to Simon Spiers who will retire in April 2019. Richard is currently Director of Education at GLF Schools Trust, a multi academy trust with 7 secondary and 23 primary schools across the south of England and he is also the Chief Executive of the Oaks Multi Academy Trust based in Surrey.
Joe Pillman, Chair of Vale Academy Trust, said “We are delighted to have been able to recruit someone of Richard’s calibre to succeed Simon in delivering the Trust’s vision of securing an outstanding education for children across the Trust’s schools based in South Oxfordshire. Richard brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and we look forward to the next exciting chapter in the Trust’s history with Richard at the helm.
We were fortunate to have a very strong field of applicants to choose from and are confident we have attracted a strong new leader for the Trust”.
Paying tribute to Simon Spiers, Mr. Pillman said “Simon has given his all to the Trust since playing a major part in its inception in 2013 and as former Headteacher of King Alfred’s and a National Leader of Education. We, and the local community, have benefitted enormously from his vision, his unbounded enthusiasm and his dedication to our young people over many years. We thank him and wish him well in his retirement.”
Commenting on his appointment Richard Evans said “I am very much looking forward to working with the staff, students, parents and the local governing body of each school within the Trust to celebrate what is going well and help each school continue to grow and develop.
The Vale Academy Trust has many strengths brought about by Simon and his team, and I hope to be able to build upon these in the years to come.”