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Chris French

Chief Executive Officer


BA (Hons) Geography (1984) Sheffield University
PGCE (1989) Sheffield University
NPQH (2001) from the National College


CEO Mercia Learning Trust since 2018
Over 32 years’ experience in teaching, school and trust leadership and has worked successfully in Rotherham, West Yorkshire and (for the last 22 years) in Sheffield.
Worked in or led 14 different schools serving pupils from age 2 to 18 years, in a variety of different contexts.
Led the creation of Brigantia Learning Trust in 2012


Substantial experience leading successful schools and trusts in different contexts and settings. A very clear vision for how Mercia schools should operate, and how to maximise the benefits of working together as a multi-academy trust.