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Leadership and Governance

Ebor Academy Trust
From left: Ebor Academy Trust Chief Executive, Richard Ludlow, Nigel Adams MP for Selby and Ainsty and Executive Headteacher, Gail Brown pictured with pupils at Brotherton and Byram Community Primary Academy.

Executive team

Chief Executive: Richard Ludlow is a National Leader of Education and has been head of three primary schools, latterly Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy which was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted at its last inspection. Richard has led the development of the Ebor Academy Trust since it was formed in December 2013. He is a Fellow of the National College for Teaching and Learning and has a track record of successfully leading, managing and improving primary schools. He has also established two international education partnerships, in Madrid and Singapore. Email:

Executive Headteacher: Gail Brown is a National Leader of Education and has over 20 years’ experience in primary education, having taught every age group. She has successfully led two schools, taking one from Good to Outstanding and, more recently, a school in Special Measures to Good in all areas. Gail has spent six years working within local authority context and as part of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Adviser team, supporting, challenging and improving practice and provision. Email:

Director of Communications: Tim Moat is a journalist and former local newspaper photographer, reporter and editor. As well as handling marketing and public relations for Ebor and its schools, Tim is project lead for the Creative Arts Academy York, the city’s newest primary school, due to open soon, and project manages many of Ebor’s school conversions. Tim is also a director of ThreeFour Consultancy and is a school governor. Email:

Central Services Team

Ebor’s Central Services Team provides specialist in-house services to support management activities and vision as well as teaching and learning at all academies within the group. The team continues to grow as Ebor Academy Trust develops. Download our information sheet here for an introduction to members of the Central Services Team.

Ebor Academy Specialists

Ebor Academy Specialists are outstanding practitioners who have demonstrated great skills in teaching and learning. They understand what makes a difference when developing learning opportunities through challenge and support. Our Academy Specialists are deployed across our schools to ensure pupils achieve high outcomes and experience deeper learning across a broad curriculum. Download our information sheet on Ebor Academy Specialists here.