SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Chief Executive Officer- Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Chief Executive Officer- Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust - Lancashire

£Competitive to attract the right applicant - Catholic - CEO MAT
Ref: 96 Date Posted: Tuesday 11 Jan 2022
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Chief Executive Officer - Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Salary: £Competitive to attract the right applicant
Location: Blackpool, Lancashire
Contract Type: Full Time (Part Time a possibility)
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: Negotiable

Emmaus Leadership will shortly be commencing the recruitment of a new CEO for Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust (BEBCMAT) following the imminent retirement of the current CEO in December 2019. 

These are exciting times in Catholic education within the Diocese of Lancaster. The newly appointed Bishop of Lancaster has recently written to all schools within the Diocese encouraging them to engage in conversations around Academy status. As the only Catholic MAT within the Diocese, and with an excellent reputation for pupil welfare and academic outcomes - and all this despite serving an area which experiences deprivation and many of the challenges facing small coastal towns - we anticipate a bright future as we pursue opportunities to grow our CMAT in close partnership with the Diocese of Lancaster's Education Service. 

You will be a practising Catholic with Headship and/or demonstrable system leadership/school improvement experience across more than one school (Primary and/or Secondary) and an excellent understanding of the school sector as well as a strong grasp of current educational issues including the CMAT's evolving role within the parish, Diocese and local community.

Whilst this is ideally a Full Time appointment, a Part Time contract will be considered for a strong candidate with the requisite skills and experience.

Closing: Mon 21 October at 9am

Shortlisting: Tue 22 October

Interviews: Tue 5 (Evening) and Wed 6 November (All Day)

More details will follow but if in the meantime you would like to find out more about this opportunity and discuss your situation, in complete confidence, please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, on 01737 652043  or ldowds@emmausleadership.me

ALL APPLICANTS MUST REQUEST AN APPLICATION FORM BY EMAILING ldowds@emmausleadership.me AND NOT APPLY ONLINE.

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school which is seeking to appoint a Christian Head. My only regret is that we did not go to them for the first round of interviews that proved unsuccessful. It is an expensive option, but in the long run they are more than value for money. I am very thankful to God for the ministry of Emmaus, and I warmly commend them to you. In OFSTED terms, they are outstanding."

The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

"I’m delighted with the way it went and the successful outcome (third SLT placement now!) helps confirm to Governors that your approach is right for these levels of appointment. It’s difficult to quantify the costs of recruiting and failing to get the right candidate ourselves - we’d only find out the true cost and also lost opportunities if we tried and failed. Altogether better to invest in getting it right first time, so thank you for all your hard work on this. The other side is the perception we leave with all candidates and I think we’ve worked together to do an excellent job (using your Assessment support). The communication, logistics and the care given I think is really important and Emmaus are a big part of that - you work as an extension of the school. I am fairly sure that all of the candidates will go away having had a great experience and that will help our reputation spread in a positive way."

Dave Cobb - School Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's CE School, London

"I have personal experience of the quality of service Emmaus provides, when I successfully applied for a Headship position through them. I always felt I could call up, get the ‘inside take’ on the school and ask any questions in complete confidence. The support and expert advice I received made the application process far less daunting and I would thoroughly recommend Emmaus to any Church School looking to appoint a key Leadership position."

Dan Pickard, Headteacher, The Bishop’s CE Primary School - Thetford

"I approached Emmaus following our unsuccessful attempts to recruit Deputy DDEs for both Dioceses. They went on to source a far greater number of candidates of high calibre. I highly recommend Emmaus!"

Canon Carolyn Lewis, Director of Education - Diocese of Leicester and Diocese of Derby

"We are delighted with the appointment we made and I have reported to the whole community that we could not have been more thorough in the search or more rigorous in the selection process. Thank you Emmaus Leadership."

Jacqui Feely, Chair at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

"Thank you for everything you did to successfully support our recruitment of an outstanding Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Using Emmaus Leadership to manage the recruitment to the post was much debated and was the subject of intense scrutiny by our Governing Body who were somewhat reluctant to use a leadership recruitment specialist. However, their confidence was reinstated as a result of your professional approach, your insightful knowledge and the resulting candidate pool produced for both appointments. I have no hesitation in recommending Emmaus to other schools."

Annie Sutton - Executive Principal, St Joseph's RC Specialist School and College

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Canon Bob Baker, Chair of Governors,The Bishop’s CE School - Thetford

"Could we afford it? My belief, as Chair was that we couldn’t afford not to. We needed strong school leaders to be drawn to apply. Our success was down to using Emmaus and definitely money well spent."

Carry Lynott - Chair of Governors, Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School, Bradford

"We tried going it alone to find a CEO for our MAT but had only 2 applicants who didn't meet our requirements. We approached Emmaus and from the start their professionalism was reassuring."

Barry Leyland, Chair - Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust

"Having previously struggled to recruit two Headteachers - for both a Primary and a Secondary school - Emmaus came to the rescue. Their expert advice and deep understanding of recruiting Headship positions in Catholic schools is invaluable, and I have no hesitation in recommending their knowhow and their values."

Fr David Gibbons, Chair of Governors & Parish Priest, Archdiocese of Southwark

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