Stephen has extensive experience in the academy sector and prior to joining CMAT was the Director of Education for the East of England in a large multi academy trust. In this role he was responsible for the work of fifteen primary, secondary and special academies. He was also on the Executive Board of a highly successful Teaching School Alliance. Stephen also has a broad experience of headship in a variety of successful schools and was previously the Executive Principal of the Clacton Coastal Academy as well as undertaking other Executive Principal roles in a number of academies across the East of England. Clacton Coastal Academy was one of the top fifteen most improved academies nationally in 2010 and in the top three in the Eastern Region.