Volunteer non-exec director
Deryn joined The Learning Partnership as a non-exec Director in August 2009. From 2002 to 2009 as director of The Innovation Unit Deryn supported hundreds of schools, colleges and LAs in their quest for solutions to the biggest challenges facing the system. In the privileged position of senior civil servant in the DFES (as was) she and the IU team had direct access to ministers and policy makers, thereby helping bridge that gap between practitioners and policy formation.
Prior to this Deryn was the Headteacher of Willow Tree Primary School in the London Borough of Ealing. One of the largest primary schools in England, Willow Tree was the result of an amalgamation of three schools undertaken by Deryn in 1993. She had 17 years of headship experience, with Willow Tree being her second headship, Islip Manor Middle School having been the first.
During her time as a management consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Deryn worked with a variety of government departments including Department for Children Schools and Families, as is now.
As a result of her work in The Innovation Unit, Deryn has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the reality and potential of federation of schools to raise standards. She also has an extensive knowledge of innovative practice across schools, colleges and local authorities in England. She is recognised as the national expert on the Power to Innovate legislation.
Currently Deryn is leading on the National College New Models of Leadership Programme whereby she and her team are “out there” with practitioners actually finding out what is going on, on the ground, and in turn advising practitioners, LAs and policy makers on the possible ways forward and implications for leadership.
Hand in hand with this, goes her consultant leader role in the National College School Business Director Programme in which she is leading the 37 demonstration settings towards new standards and roles in the world of School Business Director leadership.
In addition she continues to build upon her interest in school environments and is advising the College on the Primary Capital Programme. Just back from India she has been advising “new build schools” and is probably most proud of her role as “chief mentor” to the BrainTree Global School Greater Noida!
She also is working with the Learning Partnership in bringing to market “BabyMatterz” and an “Accelerated Leaders” programme, the former a product of the practitioner led parenting programme in the Innovation Unit suite of Next Practice projects.