Colin Lofthouse started his working life as an archaeologist before retraining to teach and never looked back.
He has been a headteacher in 3 schools, is an Ofsted lead inspector and supports education leaders as a mentor and advisor.
He is a published author on educational matters including curriculum design and teacher development and is a conference speaker. He is a trustee with Schools North East, the influential charity representing all schools in the region.
Recent areas of interest and expertise include children’s mental health through his work on the Healthy MindEd Commission and the impact Adverse Childhood Experiences have on learning. He is an advocate, as an adoptive parent to 3 children, that those who have had a tough start to life can achieve and reach their true potential.
He will begin his new role as CEO of the SMART multi Academy Trust in August 2019.