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Chief Executive Officer Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust

Are you an innovative CEO who can ensure that our schools are places of excellence, delivering positive outcomes through outstanding catholic education?

  • Location: Darlington
  • Salary: L55 (£178,000) - L61 (£206,000)
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 19th March

The Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust (BHCET) is a collective of Catholic schools dedicated to providing a practical and morally driven approach to education. With a strong focus on student welfare and academic achievement, our Trust places students at the heart of all decision-making processes, guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

We are a family of 35 schools and are proud to deliver excellent education across Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, and Hartlepool to learners and young people aged 2-18. Our Trust is committed to upholding an authentic, lived Catholic ethos and serving the Church’s mission of educating young people in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ. With direction, supervision and oversight from the Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, we ensure that our actions are aligned with the directives of the Church.

Operating on principles of subsidiarity, solidarity and support for the common good, our Trust empowers each school to act with a level of autonomy making decisions through dedicated local governing committees.

Recognising our responsibility to the broader community, our Trust endeavours to serve the common good of all families and communities within the areas we operate. Upholding our Catholic identity, we ensure that each school operates in accordance with canon law and the teachings of the Catholic Church. With a commitment to quality education, safety, and good governance, we strive to provide the best possible learning environment for all students across our schools.

About the role

Following the retirement of our highly respected CEO, Mike Shorten, an exciting opportunity has emerged for an innovative individual to step into the role and lead our esteemed Trust. As we embark on this search, we are seeking an exceptional candidate to develop excellent Catholic education in our Trust, and beyond it, both regionally and nationally.

You will help advance the unique Catholic ethos and vision of BHCET while ensuring the delivery of exceptional education to our students. Your passion for and commitment to promoting Catholic doctrine, values, and moral purpose will be paramount as you align our Trust’s mission with the broader Diocesan ethos and vision.

As the strategic leader, you will serve as the driving force behind our mission, providing inspirational leadership at every level of our

organisation. You will oversee key personnel, including our Deputy CEOs, Chief Operating Officer and executive leadership team, nurturing a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.

Your role will extend beyond day-to-day operations, as you will play a central role in ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks and guiding our strategic direction. Your dynamic leadership will be instrumental in shaping our teaching and learning initiatives, fostering innovation, and tailoring curriculum offerings to meet the diverse needs of our students.

Financial stewardship will be a key aspect of your responsibilities, as you oversee budget planning and resource allocation to maximise value across our Trust. Your strategic acumen will be instrumental in crafting long-term plans and school improvement initiatives aimed at driving positive outcomes for all schools within BHCET.

You will serve as our primary liaison with external partners, cultivating strong relationships and effectively representing BHCET’s interests to the Diocese, Regional Director and local authorities.

Your embodiment of values such as integrity, resilience and adaptability will be critical as you champion equality of opportunity and prioritise the welfare of our students. You will play a pivotal role in promoting our Trust’s profile and ethos, building partnerships, and ensuring effective communication both within and outside our organisation.

Who we are looking for

The incoming CEO must understand that our Trust is distinctive in its culture, allowing localised autonomy in its schools. Our 35 schools are underpinned by a robust support service and quality assurance function. We are developing a comprehensive curriculum that ensures smooth transitions between primary and secondary education. Catholic Social Teaching is integral to us, with strong enforcement. Schools vary in demographics, with a focus on individuality rather than corporate identity. It is important, therefore, that our new CEO can demonstrate an understanding of teaching and learning and the inner workings of the classroom.

You will uphold the Catholic ethos and vision of the Trust, ensuring alignment with the Diocesan ethos, comprehending it fully and adeptly communicating it to a diverse range of audiences. Collaborating closely with the Diocese, you will deliver our strategic initiatives to ensure we remain a forward-thinking Trust in line with our founding principles.

You should demonstrate the ability to navigate our all-through provision across a broad geographic region. We recognise that we are characterised by our diversity, therefore we need a CEO who can meet the evolving needs across all of our schools. As we have grown significantly to 35 schools, you will lead on assuring that the Trust remains high-performing and responsive, whilst prioritising capacity-building.

Having 35 schools means that we will always face the possibility of numerous Ofsted inspections. Having a CEO who is experienced in delivering successful outcomes and well-versed in inspection processes would be preferred. It is key for our new CEO to be visible and collaborative in supporting each of our headteachers in delivering the highest possible outcomes. Therefore, it is essential that you come with QTS and can demonstrate an understanding of effective school improvement strategies.

The ideal CEO candidate must possess the vision and strategic acumen to lead in this complex environment, prioritising school improvement initiatives tailored to the unique needs of each institution. We remain an innovative Trust with a focus on delivering the best outcomes for all of our learners, and so we recognise the need to continually evolve which our new CEO will spearhead.

It is important that our new CEO can also lead robust finances and ensure that we are both financially secure and prosperous.

We seek a leader who can navigate the challenges in the education landscape, whilst ensuring that our school improvement leads remain high-performing and that all of our schools are places of excellence that strive to enrich and improve the learning and experience of all of our young people through excellent Catholic education.

Proven experience in managing large teams is crucial as we look to consolidate. Understanding assurance frameworks and strategies to ensure we uphold a high quality of impactful education is important, and retaining and building a team with the right people to deliver excellence will be key.

Key responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership: You will lead BHCET in alignment with our mission, values and vision. Your responsibility is to create an effective corporate environment that fosters the development of both the Trust and its constituent schools. You will oversee strategic plans, self-evaluation, risk management and ensure proactive risk mitigation.
  • Resource/Change Management: You will manage the learning environment resources, oversee large-scale asset management, and ensure effective talent management and professional development across the Trust. You will keep abreast of changing legislation, initiatives and practices.
  • Finance and Procurement: You will serve as the Accounting Officer for BHCET, delegate financial responsibilities appropriately, and maintain a strong relationship with funding bodies to secure resources. Budgeting and financial sustainability will be key aspects of your role.
  • Compliance: You are committed to ensuring that BHCET meets all legislative and statutory requirements, including health and safety, safeguarding, data protection and funding agreements.
  • Partnerships: You will develop and lead a partnership strategy that connects BHCET with local, national and international education networks. Building relationships and sharing expertise across the Trust are priorities.
  • Organisational Citizenship: You will participate in the staff performance management process, show civic leadership and exhibit civic virtue, adhere to professional conduct standards, and prioritise the welfare of children and young people.

Above all, you should demonstrate a commitment to fostering excellence, equity and innovation across the Trust, driving authentic Catholic education.


Peridot Partners and Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Chloe Cox | chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Eddie Caviezel Cox

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Dear prospective Chief Executive Officer,

I am thrilled and excited that you are considering an application for the post at Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust.

I do hope that the application pack gives a real sense of our Trust and its Catholic values and its drive for educational excellence.

We are a Trust of 35 schools, 30 primaries, and 5 Secondaries — of which 3 include Sixth Form provision.

Our schools serve both rural and urban areas, and our buildings range from Victorian School buildings to new-build learning environments. We are complete as a Trust.

You will see from the information provided and the video about our Trust, that our ambition and drive are deep-rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and belief. Therefore, we are seeking a committed Catholic who has a wide and varied experience as a school leader, and who fully understands the role of accountable officer of a Trust.  The successful applicant with have the support of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, a committed Board of Directors and a knowledgeable and innovative senior Team.

Our mission is to provide education and opportunities to improve the life chances of all our students from Early Years to Sixth form. We aim to be an employer of choice and provide outstanding Professional Development to all our staff.  Our recent staff survey shows a high level of satisfaction from staff and the Trust as a great place to work.

You will see from the video our values as a Trust, and as a large Trust with many buildings, we aim to ensure our schools, are efficient and sustainable, provide excellent learning environments and are safe warm places for all.

We will require our CEO to be outward looking, passionate and understand the external pressures facing young people today and will therefore be required to ensure robust safeguarding procedures are in place.

Therefore, are you the person looking for the next challenge, who can further enhance our national profile and seek great opportunities for staff and young people both locally, nationally and internationally and understands our values and ethos.

Please take time to consider all information. If you require further information, wish to visit our Trust or have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact our advising partners.

Yvonne Coates
Chair of Trustees

About the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust

The Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust (BHCET) is a collective of Catholic schools dedicated to providing a practical and morally driven approach to education. With a strong focus on student welfare and academic achievement, our Trust places students at the heart of all decision-making processes, guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

We are a family of 35 schools and are proud to deliver excellent education across Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, and Hartlepool to learners and young people aged 2-19. Our Trust is committed to upholding an authentic, lived Catholic ethos and serving the Church’s mission of educating young people in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Governed in communion with the Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, we ensure that our actions are aligned with the directives of the Church.

Operating on principles of subsidiarity, solidarity and support for the common good, our Trust empowers each academy to make decisions at the local level through its dedicated local governing body. We believe in fostering solidarity among our academies, particularly those in need of support, and prioritise the well-being of all students and staff members.

Recognising our responsibility to the broader community, our Trust endeavours to serve the common good of all families and communities within the areas we operate. Upholding our Catholic identity, we ensure that each academy operates in accordance with canon law and the teachings of the Catholic Church. With a commitment to quality education, safety, and good governance, we strive to provide the best possible learning environment for all students across our academies.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

    Chloe Cox | chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 19th March 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 20th March 2204
    First Stage Interviews: Tuesday 26th March 2024
    Second Stage Interviews: Wednesday 27th March 2024


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