Sir Nick joined us as CEO in November 2022. He was formerly the founding CEO of the Dixons Academies Trust in West Yorkshire and the North West, having spent most of his early career in London. Sir Nick was designated a National Leader of Education in 2009. His report to HM Treasury and DfE on schools in the Northern Powerhouse region was published in November 2016. He has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, he was awarded a knighthood for services to education in 2015 and an honorary Doctorate from Bradford University in 2019.