Carl is Chief Executive of the City Learning Trust, a 3-19 partnership of schools currently covering approximately 6,000 students in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Find out more about Carl's vision for his year as ASCL President 2017-18 as well as his work at the City Learning Trust in this short film.
Carl has worked as a senior leader across four schools over the last 15 years, the last four as Executive Principal of Haywood Academy (11-19) and Mill Hill Primary Academy (3-11), both large non-selective schools in Stoke on Trent. A teacher for 23 years, Carl has worked in a range of schools and organisations across a number of local authorities and has regional, national and international experience in leadership development and school-to-school improvement. He has supported national projects and conferences for a range of organisations, including the DfE and the National College.
Carl was previously ASCL Honorary Treasurer and is a director and board member of ASCL Professional Development. He has been a member of ASCL Council since 2011, working on a range of committees. He is also an active member of other organisations, including board member of FASNA, Chair of the Schools Cooperative Society, a member of the Education Funding Agency Advisory Board and the DfE Schools and Academy’s Funding Group (SAFG), and Chair of the Careers and Enterprise Companies Education Advisory Board. He also recently chaired the new College of Teaching Trustees selection committee, is a member of the DfE’s PHSE implementation group and has advised the Number 10 Policy Unit on aspects of education.
In 2009 Carl was awarded the DfE Sinnott Fellowship for outstanding work to create outward-facing schools. In 2010 his school received the Business in the Community National Education Award for Community Excellence, and in 2015 his school received two national awards from the DfE.