Chris Tweedale will officially stand down from his role as CEO at the end of May this year, but will provide continuity by working part time before leaving the organisation in July 2020.
Jack Mayhew, Executive Headteacher of Guildford-based Athena Schools Trust (AST) will be taking his place as CEO and will continue leading AST, effectively becoming CEO of both trusts.
Jack joins GEP following a successful career in education working in schools and Trusts across Surrey and London. As founding Executive Headteacher of Athena Schools Trust, multiple MAT involvement, and with considerable headship experience forming Outstanding schools, Jack is keen to bring his knowledge of school standards and collaborative Multi-Academy Trust leadership to the role at GEP.
Chris joined GEP Academies as the Interim CEO in September 2018 and was subsequently appointed as the substantive CEO later that year. Having established an international reputation through his work with the British Council, Chris will be leaving the trust to take up a new post with the EU and other international organisations as an education adviser, providing support on establishing new education systems and effective models of school leadership .
GEP Academies and AST have been working together on school improvement initiatives for over a year. Building on this strong working relationship, the boards of trustees of both trusts have agreed that Jack Mayhew be appointed as Chief Executive of GEP Academies.
One of Jack’s main priorities will be to identify how and where both trusts can work together in order to continue to improve the quality of education provided to children across Guildford.
Fergal Roche, Chair of GEP Academies said:
“I’d like to put on record my thanks to Chris for his leadership of the trust and the role he has played to bring a sense of collective endeavour striving for excellence. We have come a long way over the last few years and the coming period promises further development and opportunities for our academies.
“I am delighted that Jack Mayhew will be joining GEP Academies to take the helm, and building on the strong working partnership that we have with Athena Schools Trust. This move will benefit both organisations as we focus on providing the very best education we can to local families.”
Chris Tweedale said:
“I am very sad to be leaving GEP Academies but I am proud to leave at a time when schools in the trust are going from strength to strength.
“I joined the organisation to help create a shared vision, encourage innovation and, ultimately, to help brilliant teachers set our children on the path to bright futures.
“Schools have improved their results and there is a strong sense of shared culture and values across the trust. It has been an honour to oversee this change – a career highlight – but it has been more than a job. I feel personally connected to the inspirational people who make up GEP, and who work extraordinarily hard, day in day out, and I will be following their progress closely.
“This is the right step for me at this point in my life and I am excited about the opportunity to help shape the education system of another country.”
Jack Mayhew, designate Chief Executive of GEP Academies said:
“I am delighted to be appointed CEO of GEP Academies. It is a privilege to build upon the excellent work of Chris Tweedale as my predecessor, the whole GEP team, and work alongside a talented group of headteachers. I am confident that, together, we can continue to provide high quality education to children and families in the Guildford area and strive to enhance and develop our work further.”