Claire-Marie is the Trusts’ new CEO and has over 15 years of leadership experience in some of the country’s most challenging schools including both primary and secondary contexts. She graduated from Sunderland University with a first class honours degree in education and began her teaching career in Stockton-On-Tees. Her outstanding classroom practice was quickly recognised with Advanced Skills Teacher status in 2002. From there Claire-Marie became a trouble shooter for failing schools and departments across the region and also advised the DfE and QCDA on innovative curriculum models and personalised pathways for students. Claire-Marie has published many articles and journals on Teaching and Learning as well as various pieces on transformational leadership. She is passionate about social mobility and improving life chances of young people through quality first teaching and outstanding leadership. She has been recognised nationally by TES Teaching Awards for her outstanding contribution to challenging urban education.