News Peter Thompson – Chief Operating Officer

Peter joined BDAT in November 2015. After a full career as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy during which he saw much of the world (especially the Gulf and West Indies) and gained a Master’s degree in Defence Studies, he took early retirement and moved to Yorkshire to become the Bursar at Bingley Grammar School. In 2007 he left there to take up the post of Bursar at a small co-educational all-through Independent day and boarding school in North Yorkshire prior to joining Woodhouse Grove School as Operations Director in 2012.

Peter’s role is to ensure the smooth running of the BDAT business so that the schools can focus on teaching and learning.  He provides support and direction in a variety of disciplines such as operational management, HR, safeguarding, procurement and involvement with union colleagues. As an HR Generalist, he provides advice and support to the management to meet the ever-changing needs of schools.  He oversees the work of the Head of Corporate Governance and Estates and Health and Safety Manager and works closely with the school leadership teams in terms of regulation and compliance, distilling government guidance and providing direction in terms of policy and procedures.

Peter is a Director of the New Collaborative Learning Trust and Chair of the Advisory Board of New College Bradford.


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