Jo is the Chief Executive Officer at Dudley Academies Trust (DAT) with over 25 years of experience in education. Jo has considerable expertise in school improvement: She was Principal of Penistone Grammar School for 10 years (a comprehensive of 1700 with post 16). The school improved from 50% 5 A* to C incl En/Ma to a P8 of +0.39 and in the top 1% for post 16 outcomes in 2017 – 18, when Jo left this post. In the first fully operational year of DAT, Jo has led the improvement of all four secondary academies and has created a highly effective central school improvement team of fifteen staff. She has also agreed a growth plan with the DfE. In January 2020, Jo will be delighted to welcome Blowers Green Primary School, judged as outstanding, into the Trust.