Required for September 2023, a permanent full-time Deputy CEO for this local North Devon Multi Academy Trust of eight schools (seven primary and one secondary school), and partnership responsibility for a primary-based SCITT partnership. 

Due to the successful growth of this Trust and further planned growth, the Tarka Learning Partnership is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chief Executive Officer with specific responsibility for the development of the school improvement strategy for primary schools. The previous postholder, Andy Ogden, has moved to another post as part-time Director for CPD within the Trust to develop this provision across schools and locally.   

The ideal candidate will be an outstanding leader with the ability to listen to others, think strategically and empower people to support the development of schools and other partner organisations, respecting their individual identities. Relationships and well-being are critical to this partnership, and the successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, acting always with integrity and ensuring that staff and children/students remain at the heart of their role.   

You will work with the Board of Trustees, the CEO and Trust Central Team to develop the Tarka Learning Partnership and improve outcomes for all. A team of three are dedicated to school improvement across the Trust.  

North Devon area is one of the best places to live in Britain, with:  

  •  A fantastic environment to live in 
  • Welcoming people 
  • A low crime area 
  • Reasonable house prices 
  • Clean air fresh from the Atlantic 
  • Two moors – Exmoor and Dartmoor 
  • The best beaches in the country!  
  • Fantastic outdoors for hiking, camping, cycling, sailing, water sports
  • Good links to Exeter, Bristol and London including airports   

 If you would like an informal discussion by telephone, or to visit the Trust to talk about the post, please contact Jo Down, HR Leader of the Tarka Learning Partnership via email –  

The Tarka Learning Partnership has an absolute commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check via the DBS. The Trust values the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all. 

 Applications must be submitted by noon on 3rd March 2023 to  

Interviews will be on: 13th and 14th March 2023.                      

See here the supporting documents and application form:

Deputy CEO Brochure January 2023

Deputy CEO Job Description January 2023

Deputy CEO Person Specification January 2023

TLP Application Form January 2023