SAST appoints new CEO

Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (SAST) has announced the appointment of Colin Sinclair as our new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 1st September 2021, following the previously announced retirement of existing CEO, Steve Hillier.

SAST was formed almost four years ago, and has grown from its founding seven schools, to now include 17 schools across Dorset and South Somerset. We have more than 850 staff and 5,000 pupils, including primary and secondary schools, state boarding, nurseries and alternative provision.

Colin Sinclair joins SAST from the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), which has 58 schools nationwide, where he has served as Secondary Executive Director. Previous posts include Director of Education, and Regional Director for several national multi-academy trusts.

Colin believes passionately that education should empower curiosity and personal growth whilst inspiring a life-long love of learning in everyone, regardless of their social and cultural background. He brings together a strategic vision with a focus on increasing school improvement capacity within the Trust, alongside great energy and ambition to propel SAST into the next stage of its development.

On his appointment, Colin said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the next SAST CEO. The Trust’s commitment and desire to place collaboration at the heart of continuous school improvement, through providing a rich educational experience that enables each child to achieve their ambition is one which I very much share. I look forward to working with everyone at SAST to build upon the Trust’s strengths in the years to come.”

Nigel Rees, Chair of Trustees said: “ The Trustees were impressed by Colin’s understanding of the MAT landscape and his ideas to build positively on the strong foundations of our Trust. In him, we believe we have found a leader who will foster a collaborative culture of excellence that empowers all within the SAST community to be the best they can be”.

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