CEO Appointment

We have recently been running a national recruitment campaign to appoint a new CEO for South Bank Trust. I’m delighted to say that following that process we have appointed Mark Hassack to the role. Mark will be joining us from Outwood Grange Academies Trust, where he currently leads one of their three regions as Regional Executive Principal with responsibility for eight schools across the Tees Valley.

Mark has said “I am absolutely delighted to be joining South Bank MAT at an exciting time in its development. Having met some of the passionate and committed staff and wonderful children already, I am really excited to get started. I know that as a family of schools, we will work together to ensure that all children experience educational excellence every day to enable them to achieve the very best outcomes – academically and in their personal development. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know you all over the coming weeks.”

As well as being our Chief Executive Officer, the CEO role is also our Chief Education Officer – they are responsible for working with all our schools to ensure they are the absolute best they can be in what they deliver for the children and young people in our classroom, in how they support all our brilliant staff, and in making sure we’re making a real difference in our community too. Through the recruitment process I was really impressed with how Mark really understood this responsibility and with his vision for how best we can work collaboratively together as a community of schools to get the best for all our pupils.

Mark will be joining our Trust after the Easter holidays. I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Adam Cooper who has been brilliant in the interim leadership role he has had with the Trust while we have recruited for a full time CEO. Adam will be handing over to Mark and then returning full time to his substantive role as Headteacher at Knavesmire Primary School.

Ian Wiggins​​
​Chair of Trustees

22 March 2022

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