OUR People

Richard Williams

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Email: [email protected]

Information: Richard has 4 decades of extensive experience in leading challenging schools in some of the most deprived areas of the Black Country, Telford and Gloucester. From classroom teacher through to Senior Leader and Vice Principal, then onto Principal of two large secondary schools, Executive Principal at Beaufort Co-operative Academy and now CEO at OUR Co-operative Academies Trust

Richard has led on major projects throughout his career such as one of the very first PFI ICT Grid for Learning projects in Dudley, a school reorganisation in Sandwell, Building Schools for the Future in Telford, developing foundation school trusts in the West Midlands, establishing OUR Multi Academy Trust as well as establishing an education consultancy and becoming a qualified Ofsted Inspector.

 Richard believes that schools and academies should be at the heart of their communities and the natural choice for parents, carers and the young people that attend them.

Schools and academies have a duty to provide the very best education for all young people whatever their background, no excuses, and this belief is central to Richard’s drive in his leadership.

Richard is a strong believer in system leaders and takes great pleasure in helping to grow our school leaders for the future.

David Bishop

Job Title: Principal of Beaufort Co-operative Academy

Email: [email protected]

Information: Dave has been Principal at Beaufort Co-operative Academy since it opened in October 2013. He has 15 years’ experience in senior leadership, having previously held posts in Surrey, Sandwell and Worcestershire. His vision is for an outstanding education for all students in the local area, irrespective of ability and to make Beaufort the first choice for all local children. In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and an optimistic Worcester Warriors fan.

Nigel Baggott

Job Title: Finance Director

Email: [email protected]

Information: Coming soon

Lin Harrison

Job Title: Executive PA

Email: [email protected]oop

Information: Coming soon

Debbie Watts

Job Title: Admin Officer & Clerk to Board

Email: [email protected]

Information: Coming soon

Nathan Emery

Job Title: IT Services Team Leader

Email: [email protected]

Information: Working in the IT Team at Beaufort is a joy. I'm a proud member of Beaufort Co-operative Academy.