Education chief who helped 50 per cent of schools in Northamptonshire convert to academies...gets new job at academy trust

Duncan Mills, strategic planning manager at Northamptonshire County Council

Duncan Mills, strategic planning manager at Northamptonshire County Council

  • Duncan Mills has overseen the conversion of 50 per cent of the schools in the county to academies
  • The EMLC Academy Trust runs three primary schools in Northampton
  • The Executive Principal at the new Northampton International Academy will be Andy Hardy
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A senior manager at Northamptonshire County Council who has overseen the conversion of 50 per cent of the schools in the county to academies, has been appointed as managing director of the EMLC Academy Trust.

Duncan Mills, who has worked as a Strategic Planning Manager for the local authority for the past 10 years, will start his new role on September 1.

The EMLC Academy Trust, runs three primary schools in Northampton, and has been chosen as the lead sponsor for a new school - the Northampton International Academy - on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office in Barrack Road, set to open in September 2016.

Mr Mills, who has previously worked as a teacher in a secondary school, said: “I am delighted to be taking up the appointment of managing director at this challenging, exciting and rewarding stage in EMLC Academy Trust’s development.

“The opportunity to have a significant role in leading the future success of EMLC Academy Trust and the education of local children is one that I relish.”

During Mr Mills’ time at the county council, he has overseen the conversion of 50 per cent of the schools to academies and led the work on extensions to 60 schools and the building of seven new schools over the last three years.

He said: “I want to continue to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for young people. I can do that working with EMLC Academy Trust, a trust that wishes to develop world-class schools.

“This post offers me the opportunity to take forward my desire, built upon a working life spent in education, to improve education for young people in an organisation that I know shares my own values and aspirations,”

In his new role, Mr Mills will lead and set the vision and strategy for EMLC Academy Trust, while working with principals and academies to ensure prudence and sound management.

Meanwhile, a new Executive Principal has been appointed to lead the Northampton International Academy (NIA).

Currently the Principal at Barnfield West Academy in Luton, Andy Hardy will take up the post of Executive Principal at the new Northampton International Academy from January 2016.

Mr Hardy will lead the new all-through academy in Barrack Road which will educate 2,220 pupils aged between four and 19 years old.

He said: “I am delighted to be taking up this new appointment as we set out on the exciting journey to create an

outstanding and high performing international academy, which will offer pupils a strong academic curriculum and specialise in modern foreign languages.”

“The new all-through academy will transform opportunities for children and young people in the centre of Northampton. We have high aspirations and are committed to excellence as we develop the new academy as a welcoming place for our students to gain a first class education.”