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March 2022: And so begins a new chapter!

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

After 40+ years in education and having spent the last decade working in the south east as Founding CEO of the fantastic Aurora Academies Trust, I have decided that now is the right time to ease myself away from the roller coaster of executive leadership in order to return home permanently to rainy Manchester and enjoy much-needed quality time with my incredible wife, Rachel and our lovely family. Besides, in addition to my working away from home during the week for such a length of time, which brought with it hundreds of far-too-rushed weekends following a 600-mile round trip on our motorway system (often stationary, en route!), many studies conclude that holding such a high-profile leadership position for as long as 10 years, very likely exceeds the peak effectiveness of any single individual or organisation. These reasons are why I gave notice of my intentions to Aurora's board of trustees last Autumn, not only because I felt it was the right decision for me personally, but also because I wanted to give the board sufficient time to arrange for a successor to pick up the reins, build on what we have achieved already and take the Trust even further forward. I leave with a heavy heart but will be forever proud to have led Aurora for so long and I wish every success for the future to the trustees, pupils, families and staff, .It has been a privilege and an honour to have served with you all. Thank you.

However, burning deep inside me there remains a passion to contribute to education and, in particular, to leadership development! Therefore, I have established Tim McCarthy Education in order to 'give back' to the next generation of school and system leaders some of the knowledge, skills and expertise that I have picked up over my career. I am happy to share what has worked for me and, just as importantly, what didn't work, because understanding the latter can often provide a rich learning experience! Check out my website to see some of the services I can offer; these range from coaching and mentoring to facilitating CPD programmes for senior/executive leaders or boards of trustees/governors. I am happy to discuss your needs and to plan bespoke support, either as a one-off consultation or as an ongoing arrangement.

I am eagerly looking forward to this new chapter and hoping to meet up with friends, old and new, on my exciting new journey. I'll keep you posted as to how it is going along the way!

Onwards and Upwards!

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