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Meet the CEO

Debi Bailey

Chief Executive Officer

Debi's role as NEAT CEO is to be accountable to the trust's Board of Directors for all aspects of our school's performance and the trust's financial position.
Debi has over 20 years experience of working in education in a range of different roles including Head Teacher, Local Authority Literacy Consultant and Additional Inspector for Ofsted. The vast majority of Debi's career has been spent in schools in areas of high deprivation.
During her Headship at Walkergate Community School, the school formally federated with a local Early Years Centre and pupil numbers grew from around 400 to over 700. Walkergate Community School was successfully designated as a teaching school in July 2017 and Debi is designated a National Leader of Education (NLE).
Having graduated from Northumbria University with a Bachelor in Education, Debi taught for a number of years in primary schools as well as spending some time teaching in a secondary school. For a significant amount of Debi's career she has worked as a leading teacher, working with colleagues to improve learning and teaching. She was also part of the working party which developed reading and writing exemplified materials for the DfE.
Debi has completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Assessment. She also has a coaching qualification to support performance coaching within schools.
Debi chairs Newcastle City Council's School Effectiveness Board and has extensive experience of governance. She currently sits on a number of strategy boards looking at aspects of education and whole family working.
In her spare time, Debi can be found cheering on her grown up sons who both play football and looking after the family dog, Ned, who is a regular visitor to our schools.

NEAT Academy Trust is an exempt charity and company limited by guarantee registered in England with company number 10561094. The company's registered office is Heaton Centre, Trewhitt Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5DY