David Thewlis

David is a retired Principal Adviser for School Improvement for Sheffield City Council and former Regional Adviser for the National Strategies for the Yorkshire and Humberside Region. These appointments followed a distinguished Teaching and Headship career in York. His experience includes significant support for both school leaders and governors in improving schools and outcomes for pupils, as well as leading on key areas of policy for school development. Part of David’s work with the National Strategies in Yorkshire and Humber was to lead the development of the School Improvement Partner Programme.

David is now retired but has kept close ties with schools in the Yorkshire and Humber area. He has a keen interest in travel and particular enjoys visiting large sporting events both in the UK and abroad.

In addition to being a Member at the Rose Learning Trust he is a governor at Lord Deramore's School in York.  This is a role which keeps him very close to the day to day life of an individual school.

Professor Damien Page

Damien has worked in education since 2000. He began his career as a lecturer of English in further education, managing a number of subject areas including humanities, finance, and construction before moving to the higher education sector, working at Birkbeck, University of London, The University of Greenwich, and Leeds Beckett University.

He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health, and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton where he sits on the University Executive Board. As a Professor of Education, he has researched areas as diverse as family engagement in Alternative Provision, surveillance in schools and performance management and regulation of teachers.

David Holland

David is Headmaster of Hill House School, Doncaster, an independent school for ages 3 to 18 with 740 pupils.

Hill House has won a number of national awards in recent years, including being named Times Independent School of the Year 2012-13, and receiving the 2016-17 Times Award for the Outstanding Community Initiative, which was based on the success of the Robin Hood Music Festival, which now involves over 30 local schools, including those in the trust. In last year’s inspection, Hill House was judged outstanding in 7 of the 9 available categories, including leadership and management.

Having read Classics at Cambridge, David has been in education for almost 30 years, spending the last 14 in 2 headships. In addition to his day job, he is a member of the Society of Heads of Independent Schools, sitting on their committee which forecasts and monitors developments in education. He also serves as a school inspector.  He is passionate advocate of holistic education and the importance of striving for improvement and excellence.

Samir Mirza

Sami is a dedicated and enthusiastic accredited senior Programme Manager with over 10 years’ expertise leading various business transformation programmes and managing high profile senior projects across a variety of sectors. He is a registered MSP, Lean Six Sigma and PRINCE2 Practitioner and with his background of Banking and Financial Management has a great knowledge of managing complex budgets.

He is currently the Chair of Governors at two secondary schools and takes pride in and enjoys the responsibility that comes with representing the schools. he is also a Chair/Trustee for an educational charity enterprise and so education is a big passion of his. 

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