Name: Helena Arnold
I was formerly Director for Education for the Diocese of Gloucester and CEO of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust [2012-2016]. In addition to establishing the vision and strategic direction of the Trust, I helped to establish a co-sponsored Anglican and Catholic secondary academy in Cheltenham where I served as a Member and Director at All Saints’ Academy until 2015. Having relocated to Cornwall, I continue to work with the Diocesan Academies Trust on a part time basis, whilst also working as an educational advisor to a leading firm of solicitors and working for the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership. I have recently presented at the MAT CEO programme, run by the Institute of Education [UCL].
Between 2013 and 2015, I served as Chair of the Anglican Association of Directors of Education and worked closely with the National Society in shaping the national church’s response to education policy. I have also served as a Trustee of the Methodist Schools and Academies Trust and as a Trustee for the St Matthias Trust.
I have fifteen years’ experience working in secondary schools, including nine years in senior leadership roles – latterly, as a Deputy Head.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education [PGCE]
- National Professional Qualification for Headteachers [NPQH]
- Masters: Educational Leadership [MEd]
- Ex-officio Director of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust [2012-2016]
- The Diocese of Gloucester Education Trust [2011-2016]
- Jumping Fish Limited [2009-2016]
- Member and Director of All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham [Directorship finished 2009-2015]
- Director of the Methodist Schools and Academies Trust [2013-2015]
- Trustee of the St Matthias Trust [2009-2016]
In my capacity as Director of Education for the Diocese of Gloucester, I supported the delivery of governor training and Headteacher recruitment.
Why a Trustee?
I am excited by the vision and values of the Trust and the creative opportunities which exist to truly collaborate and be accountable to each other for transforming outcomes for children and young people, ensuring that all children flourish. To join the Trust at the start of the journey is a privilege; with so many schools coming together at the same time, there is a real opportunity to be co-creators in the future for education in this part of Cornwall.