Welcome From the CEO



We are thrilled to welcome Nav Sanghara as the Trust's CEO with effect from 1st January 2021
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Notice of Appointment Letter to Parents/Carers on 5th October from Chair of Trust - Dr Deborah Absalom

We are writing today with exciting news for our whole Woodland Academy Trust (WAT) community.

As you may remember, in our letter of 3rd July, we announced the departure of our Chief Executive Dan Morrow, as he and his family will shortly be moving to the South West and he will be starting a new adventure as Chief Executive in a different Trust.

The Board of Trustees has been busy with a rigorous recruitment process for a new Chief Executive. It was very important for us to find the right person who will embrace all our Trust values and ethos and who will be an inspirational leader to really help shape a wonderful continuing journey for our schools.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have appointed Nav Sanghara as our new Chief Executive. Nav will officially be in post from 1 January 2021, however she will be working closely with Dan and our wider team over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition.
Nav joins us from the Inspire Partnership, a school trust with nine schools across Greenwich, Medway and Croydon. In her role there as Director of Education, Nav works closely with school staff on curriculum, training and school improvement, to ensure pupils are receiving the excellent teaching and education they deserve.

She started as a teacher in one of the Inspire schools 13 years ago, and has since rapidly grown into a passionate, dedicated and collaborative leader who will bring a wealth of expertise to our team. Nav is also designated as a National Leader of Education, a role which enables her to have a broad and outward-facing understanding of the challenges schools face.

Nav is thrilled to join our WAT family. She says she was drawn to the role because, “Woodland is so clearly a values-based organisation, focused on connections between staff, pupils and families to really build the schools as community-oriented centres. I very much look forward to getting to know everyone and working closely with the team from January and beyond.”

While Dan is leaving us at the end of December, he shares our confidence that our schools will be in excellent hands. Dan says he, “couldn’t be more thrilled to know that WAT will be led by such a strong, capable and ethical leader upon my departure. I am both reassured and excited to see her take our wonderful journey on its next step; knowing it will be positive and transformative for the children and communities we serve.”

Trustees look forward to welcoming Nav in January, and I am sure she will share some updates with you all after she arrives.

In the meantime, thank you for your continued support as we all work together for the benefit of our pupils and communities.

With warmest wishes,

Dr Deborah Absalom
Chair of Trustees
Woodland Academy Trust

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