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Dame Kathryn August

Dame Kathryn August DBE has extensive experience of leadership in education stretching over three decades. She was appointed to her first Headship in 1988, achieving significant successes in this and further headships. In 2003 she took on a major challenge as the first Principal of Manchester Academy in Moss Side, one of the first ‘City Academies’ in the country and described by Andrew Adonis as ‘one of the worst gang-infested comprehensives in the country’. In just over five years, the Academy was judged as Outstanding, and Kathy August was designated a National Leader of Education.

In addition to her experience as a Head teacher, she has worked as a Senior Education Adviser at the Standards and Effectiveness Unit in the Department for Education, under the leadership of Professor Sir Michael Barber, and she is a qualified Ofsted Inspector. She has written books and papers on a range of educational issues, and has regularly been invited to speak at conferences and other events, including two presentations in Downing Street to promote the academy programme.

In 2012 she helped establish a new multi-academy trust, and since 2013 has worked independently with a range of multi-academy trusts and other educational organisations on a variety of school improvement issues, including coaching leaders in executive education.

She was awarded the DBE in 2014 for services to education, and in January 2017 was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Salford Business School. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.