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.

"Emmaus brings a level of professionalism, seen in other industry sectors, to church schools’ recruitment."

The Rt Rev Nick Baines - Anglican Bishop of Leeds

"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

"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

"We had been cold called by a few other companies but chose Emmaus as it specialised in Church schools. We were impressed by Liam and his team coming to the school and burrowing in to what the school wanted and needed. He asked searching questions and we were satisfied this was the way forward. I had not been a fan of head hunters before, but I have to say this process and its result was a hugely better experience than going out on our own and was totally professional throughout."

Bridget Prentice, Chair of Governors - Trinity School, Lewisham

"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. They explained the different options and detailed processes behind their service and we felt the best option for us was their full service with Interview Support. We weren’t disappointed. From their creation of a professional candidate pack, through to their expert interview support, we were thoroughly impressed. I am convinced that their proactive approach, combined with their extensive and varied marketing initiatives, is the reason we attracted such a wide level of interest and inquiries about the position, not only from people in the local area and the UK, but also from those looking to return from overseas. If you are having problems filling senior posts in your school, or you are embarking on leadership recruitment for the first time, I strongly recommend you talk to Liam and his team."

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

"I cannot imagine a better service to fulfil the requirement of helping a Catholic school find a Head. I was impressed with the number and high quality of candidates sourced by Emmaus Leadership."

Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

"…we also considered other external recruiters, but Emmaus were clear favourites in terms of their recruitment expertise and in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the catholic school’s sector."

Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

"We considered TES, but the critical factor for us was that Emmaus are not only specialists in recruiting Headteachers, they are Christians focused exclusively on recruiting for Church Schools."

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

"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

"Could we afford it? My belief, as Chair was that we couldn’t afford not to. Our pupils deserved and needed strong school leaders to be found and 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

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