Sir Nick Weller
As a National Leader of Education, Nick is Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Dixons Academies Trust, and is a Board Member of both the New Schools Network and Ambition School Leadership.
He spent the first 25 years of his career in London, as an English Teacher, middle and senior leader, and then Headteacher. In 2006 he moved north to take up the post of Principal at Dixons City Academy on its conversion from the CTC.
Since then he has led the expansion of the Trust from just over 1,000 students then to almost 8,000 across Bradford and Leeds today, and established one of the very highest-performing Multi-Academy Trusts in the country, in an area of significant social and educational disadvantage.
His knighthood was awarded for services to education in 2015. His report to the Treasury and DfE on schools in the Northern Powerhouse region was published in November 2016.