News Carol Dewhurst, OBE

Carol has been Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust since April 2014 overseeing the Trust growth from a three school MAT to Trust of 17 schools, educating more than 8,500 pupils and with a budget of over £54 million by the end of 2020.

During her time at BDAT, Carol has also supported the set-up of a new Diocesan MAT in the Richmond area of North Yorkshire, acted as a Trustee on the LEAF Academy Trust board to support their re-brokerage into Abbey Academies Trust and is Vice Chair of the New Collective Learning Trust, a new sixth form Trust based in West Yorkshire. She has recently joined the Board of the Hallam Schools Partnership Academies Trust to provide additional support and capacity following their FNTI in early 2021.

In 2020, Carol was awarded an OBE for her services to Education in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Carol is a political science graduate from Leeds University and Chartered Marketeer. Carol has worked in a number of public sector roles delivering project work across different areas of the children’s workforce from early years, social work and integrated working (Every Child Matters).

Carol previously worked as a team leader in the Academies programme at the Department for Education covering Yorkshire and Humber and the North West.


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