Tapton School Academy Trust

Meet the Executive Team

David Dennis - CEO and Director of Secondaries

As CEO David leads the overall strategic direction for the Trust, including its vision and values, through the identification of its key priorities. He provides leadership and an accountability structure for the Trust to ensure continuing success, high quality education, standards of achievement and progress for all students within the Trust. David also takes on the key role of Accounting Officer.

David is an experienced Science teacher who has spent over 25 years at the forefront of developments in Science Education. He has been part of the leadership of Tapton since 2004, joining the school as Director of the Science College. David has developed deep experience and expertise in the key areas of Leadership development, curriculum design and assessment.

In his role leading Tapton School David is proud that Tapton became the first Sunday Times Comprehensive School of the Year in 2014. He led the school to be re designated as a National Teaching school allowing Tapton’s commitment to the development of the system to continue through Fields of Learning Alliance.

David is an experienced system leader and believes that the Trust must contribute to the development of education locally, regionally and nationally. This external focus is clear in his role as National Leader of Education and in his participation in the Building Educational Bridges programme with Singapore focussed on Mathematics education.

David is passionate that TSAT is here to make a difference. Everything that the Trust does must improve life chances, raise aspirations and allow all our learners to realise their dreams. Education has the power to transform lives. He is committed to ensuring development of everyone within our community by always being mindful of the health and well being of each individual.

David believes that our Trust is uniquely placed to make a difference. The diversity within TSAT is a real strength that encourages a rich culture of growth through innovation.

Angela Lant - Director of Primaries

Angela has worked in primary education for the past 26 years and more recently had the role of Executive Headteacher for 5 primary schools. Throughout her teaching career she strongly believed that every child deserves the very best education and this should not be dependent on where they go to school and she is passionate about the quality of provision for our children and their families. Her role is to support the Headteachers and senior leadership teams and to seek out good practice and share our strengths with other Trusts and schools. She is always assessing new initiatives and whether these would be right for our children and truly believes Headteachers should be exactly that…. Great, talented heads of teaching and learning.

Julia Delaney - Chief Operating and Finance Officer and Company Secretary

Julia joined TSAT in May 2017 and is responsible for the strategic, financial and operational management of the Trust

Julia has over 20 years’ experience of working with Trusts to improve governance and financial controls. Her roles have included Chair of Finance for Hospice UK, Chief Executive of an Independent Trustee company and she led finance at a Children’s Hospice. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) and has worked at PwC and BDO.

Julia’s experience in the education sector includes 4 years as Chair of Finance of a Sheffield primary school and 4 years as a member of the Advisory Board of Sheffield University management school.

Adrian May - Director of Standards

Adrain is a teacher of Science and Mathematics with over 20 years experience. He has Leadership experience as Head of Science, Assistant Headteacher and currently Associate Headteacher at Tapton School. He is Chair of the Sheffield Secondary Data Group, working in collaboration with Learn Sheffield and the Sheffield City Council. He is instrumental in providing school-to-school support in assessment, data systems and curriculum design.

Debra Kirkham - HR Lead

Debra is the key lead on Human resources for the Trust. She has been Tapton School Business Manager since 2011, working at the school in various roles since 2003. She was the Business lead and Company Secretary for the Tapton School Academy Trust as it grew in size until these roles were recruited into the Director of Finance appointment for the multi-academy trust in 2015. 

Prior to that worked for British Telecom for 17 years in Business Services within Human Resources covering recruitment, restructure and payroll services. 

John Dean - Operations Lead (Including FM and Catering)

John has worked in education for the past 13 years, starting his career in IT, in which his degree is based. He is currently responsible for the Business Management of the 5 Primary Schools within the Trust and in addition is the Trust lead on Facilities management, including capital projects and Catering. He is passionate about education and has worked at both Secondary and Primary level. His goal is to achieve the expectations to ensure that each setting’s support services and infrastructure operate at the highest possible standards.