Meet our Members

Mark Mallender Acting Chair of the DBE Board (Substantive Position CEO)

Mark has experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings. He was Headteacher of two Church Primary Schools over a period of ten years. Both schools were placed on the outstanding provider list as result of the Ofsted grade awarded under Mark’s leadership. His schools were also graded as ‘Outstanding Church Schools’ under the Section 48 SIAMS inspection framework on three different occasions during Mark’s tenure.

Mark has worked as a senior adviser for a local authority and has experience of working with a variety of schools, some of which are in extremely challenging contexts. Mark has previously carried out Section 5 and Section 8 inspections in a lead capacity on behalf of Ofsted.

Mark has extensive links across the East Midlands with Teaching Schools and other successful MATs and is committed to effective partnership and collaborative working. Mark has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Mark has experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings. He was Headteacher of two Church Primary Schools over a period of ten years. Both schools were placed on the outstanding provider list as result of the Ofsted grade awarded under Mark’s leadership. His schools were also graded as ‘Outstanding Church Schools’ under the Section 48 SIAMS inspection framework on three different occasions during Mark’s tenure.

Mark has worked as a senior adviser for a local authority and has experience of working with a variety of schools, some of which are in extremely challenging contexts. Mark has previously carried out Section 5 and Section 8 inspections in a lead capacity on behalf of Ofsted.

Mark has extensive links across the East Midlands with Teaching Schools and other successful MATs and is committed to effective partnership and collaborative working. Mark has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Dr Sarah Charles 

Sarah is the Head of the Institute of Education at the University of Derby.  She has worked at the University of Derby since 2006, having first gained employment as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Initial Teacher Education.  In 2015 she was promoted to Head of Discipline for Primary Initial Teacher Education and, most recently, in 2020, she was appointed as the Head of the Institute of Education. In her role as Head of the Institute of Education she has strategic responsibility for educational research and all education focussed undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Prior to working at the University of Derby, Sarah trained as a primary school teacher.  Throughout her time in the classroom, she taught all primary year groups and undertook a range of middle and senior leadership roles.  Drawing on both past and present experiences as a qualified teacher, she aims to motivate the next generation of educators to strive for excellence in their chosen profession.

She has sustained experience of school/Multi-Academy Trust governance, having been a school governor and currently being a Trustee of three other Multi Academy Trusts. She has extensive links, both locally and nationally, to a range of diverse educational settings.

Sarah is committed to quality, research-informed provision that encourages critical thinking and the application of knowledge and skills to real-life working.  Her doctoral research explored stakeholder attitudes towards students, with dyslexia, on Teacher Education programmes. Her current research explores trainee teacher preparedness to address homophobic bullying in primary and secondary schools.

Andrew Allsop

Andrew Allsop is founder and managing director of Morley Hayes, the popular hotel and leisure complex in Morley, Derbyshire.

Andrew and brother Robert have single-handedly transformed a collection of barns on the family farm in Morley into a bar, two restaurants and function suites, with the surrounding land transformed into two golf courses and a driving range.

Thanks to Andrew (and Robert’s) vision and dedication, Morley Hayes is now one of the UK’s most successful hotel and leisure complexes. It currently employs 195 staff and is the principal employer in the area.

The business is going from strength to strength - an extension to its driving range has recently been completed, which will see the addition of eight new bays and a new coffee and lounge area.

Alongside this, Andrew and Robert run a successful farming business

Andrew and his team have been rewarded with a whole host of local and regional awards, culminating in the Dovecote restaurant being named national Restaurant of the Year at the Food Awards England 2017.

The four-star 32-bedroom Morley Hayes hotel ranked 21st in this year’s TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, which recognise the best hotels across Britain.

Andrew attended Richardson Endowed School, one of the founding members of Embark Federation from the age of 5 until 11.

 

Paul Drummond FCIPD

Paul has over 25 years Human Resources experience across various sectors including service, chemical and automotive organisations. During Paul’s career as HR Vice President of a major automotive supplier, he successfully designed and deployed meaningful HR programmes that have been implemented on a global scale.

 As an experienced HR professional and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Paul’s first-hand experience is translated into practical solutions which are tailor-made to ensure the businesses that he works with have sustainable solutions leading to tangible results.

 As the Managing Director of Consulting for the Quantum Group, he is responsible for employee engagement, human resource business partnering, organisational development and senior management coaching. Enhanced by a post graduate certificate in Executive Coaching. Paul is a Dad to two boys that have attended Primary and Secondary schools in Derbyshire and has also been a Primary School Governor for 3 years.

 

Sarah Armitage

Sarah has been a school governor for 12 years, a chair for 6 years and a National Leader of Governance for 3 years. She also has held the position of NLG Coordinator for Derby and Derbyshire since September 2017.  This involves supporting the work of the (currently) 11 NLGs across the county and liaising with commissioners of this work, including Teaching School Alliances, MATs and Local Authorities.

Professionally she specialises in leadership, team and cultural development and is dedicated to helping people work more effectively and collaboratively together.  She feels this is crucial for excellent governance and a productive, high-trust working relationship between school leaders, staff and governors.

Sarah has worked with over 20 schools and colleges in her capacity as an NLG and as a professional facilitator/development consultant and carried out many external reviews of governance. Her mission is to help schools/MATs/federations develop a high-performance culture and organisation built on a clear shared vision, values and a team-driven approach.

She has a degree in Educational Psychology and has worked at a senior level in Human Resources in the chemical industry (originally Courtaulds), contributing to significant organisational and cultural change.

Having established Work Vitality in 2007, Sarah now has a wide range of clients including Tarmac, the Vaillant Group, the University of Derby, Lafarge, Vinci Energies and the Volvo Group.

With a background in Human Resources, coaching qualifications and extensive experience of coaching senior leaders, Sarah brings a sharp understanding of how to develop an engaged and performing workplace to her governance system-leadership role.

Sarah’s two daughters both attended Richardson Endowed Primary school in Smalley (now within Embark Federation) and being Derby born and bred, Sarah is passionate about improving the education and life-chances for all children and young people in her home county.

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EMBARK Trust Christmas Songs - Dec 2020

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