Tony Draper – CEO

Tony started his teaching career in 1985 and taught across the primary age range in schools in Daventry and Northampton. He took up his first headship in 2000 at a Milton Keynes school.

After being invited to become interim head at Water Hall Primary (a failing school on a challenging estate), he became substantive head and led the school to be rated as Outstanding in all areas by OFSTED in March 2013.

Tony is now CEO of The Lakes Academies Trust.

Tony is a former president of the National Association of Head Teachers, a member of the NAHT Assessment review group, Commission on assessment and a past chair of the assessment and accountability commission. He is a member of the Health Service England Expert Reference Group – Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Competency Framework.  Tony has also worked closely with Ministers and The Department for Education and successfully supported other schools. He is a trained Spiral Dynamics Coach.

Tony is a former professional football coach, he is a supporter of Huddersfield Town F.C and Huddersfield Giants R.L.