Meet our Members

Mark Mallender Acting Chair of the DBE Board (Substantive Position CEO)

Mark has experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings. He was Headteacher of two Church Primary Schools over a period of ten years. Both schools were placed on the outstanding provider list as result of the Ofsted grade awarded under Mark’s leadership. His schools were also graded as ‘Outstanding Church Schools’ under the Section 48 SIAMS inspection framework on three different occasions during Mark’s tenure.

Mark has worked as a senior adviser for a local authority and has experience of working with a variety of schools, some of which are in extremely challenging contexts. Mark has previously carried out Section 5 and Section 8 inspections in a lead capacity on behalf of Ofsted.

Mark has extensive links across the East Midlands with Teaching Schools and other successful MATs and is committed to effective partnership and collaborative working. Mark has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

Mark has experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings. He was Headteacher of two Church Primary Schools over a period of ten years. Both schools were placed on the outstanding provider list as result of the Ofsted grade awarded under Mark’s leadership. His schools were also graded as ‘Outstanding Church Schools’ under the Section 48 SIAMS inspection framework on three different occasions during Mark’s tenure.

Mark has worked as a senior adviser for a local authority and has experience of working with a variety of schools, some of which are in extremely challenging contexts. Mark has previously carried out Section 5 and Section 8 inspections in a lead capacity on behalf of Ofsted.

Mark has extensive links across the East Midlands with Teaching Schools and other successful MATs and is committed to effective partnership and collaborative working. Mark has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.

 

Dr Mohammed Jakara Prof Doc, MBA, BA, FHEA, PQSW, CQSW.

Mohammed is currently the Acting Head of the Institute of Education at the University of Derby, holding responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that focus on ITE and non ITE education, childhood and SEND. In 2015, Ofsted rated the Institute’s ITE provision in the primary phase and FE phase as ‘Outstanding’. The Institute of Education is also home to the vibrant Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). The Institute also works with schools and early years’ service providers as well as a number of FE and HE providers locally, nationally and internationally.

Prior to starting work in higher education, Mohammed worked as a children’s social worker and gained significant experience in child protection and safeguarding. In 2000, he was promoted to the role of Service Manager for adoption services across Derby City. In 2004. Mohammed was again promoted to the post of Senior Project Manager for children’s services across Derby. This senior strategic role involved working with education and children’s social care services including oversight of Ofsted Inspections, management of the Children in Need Census, supporting the implementation of the Integrated Children’s System and inspections of children’s residential homes. Due to this experience he has a depth of understanding of multi-disciplinary approaches.

Mohammed has worked in higher education since 2006 at two universities in the Midlands. He has also worked as a Teaching Fellow supporting staff to gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academic (FHEA). In addition, Mohammed has maintained links with social work practice through roles such as Chair of Adoption Panel for local authorities and voluntary agencies as well as currently being the Vice Chair of a Fostering Panel for an independent fostering agency.

Mohammed is committed to ethical practice, ensuring quality and team work, he believes all children and young people should be supported to reach their full potential. He’s worked with the Virtual Head Teacher for a local authority to develop a mentorship scheme for children who need additional support, this was commended by elected members. He’s also supported a number of schools to develop programmes to support their students to gain work experience through the Futures Award. Furthermore, he’s currently working with the University’s wellbeing service to deliver a summer school for children in care to raise their aspirations for the future.

 

Andrew Allsop

Andrew Allsop is founder and managing director of Morley Hayes, the popular hotel and leisure complex in Morley, Derbyshire.

Andrew and brother Robert have single-handedly transformed a collection of barns on the family farm in Morley into a bar, two restaurants and function suites, with the surrounding land transformed into two golf courses and a driving range.

Thanks to Andrew (and Robert’s) vision and dedication, Morley Hayes is now one of the UK’s most successful hotel and leisure complexes. It currently employs 195 staff and is the principal employer in the area.

The business is going from strength to strength - an extension to its driving range has recently been completed, which will see the addition of eight new bays and a new coffee and lounge area.

Alongside this, Andrew and Robert run a successful farming business

Andrew and his team have been rewarded with a whole host of local and regional awards, culminating in the Dovecote restaurant being named national Restaurant of the Year at the Food Awards England 2017.

The four-star 32-bedroom Morley Hayes hotel ranked 21st in this year’s TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, which recognise the best hotels across Britain.

Andrew attended Richardson Endowed School, one of the founding members of Embark Federation from the age of 5 until 11.

 

 

Paul Drummond FCIPD

Paul has over 25 years Human Resources experience across various sectors including service, chemical and automotive organisations. During Paul’s career as HR Vice President of a major automotive supplier, he successfully designed and deployed meaningful HR programmes that have been implemented on a global scale.

 

As an experienced HR professional and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Paul’s first-hand experience is translated into practical solutions which are tailor-made to ensure the businesses that he works with have sustainable solutions leading to tangible results.

 

As the Managing Director of Consulting for the Quantum Group, he is responsible for employee engagement, human resource business partnering, organisational development and senior management coaching. Enhanced by a post graduate certificate in Executive Coaching. Paul is a Dad to two boys that have attended Primary and Secondary schools in Derbyshire and has also been a Primary School Governor for 3 years.

 

 

Sarah Armitage

Sarah has been a school governor for 12 years, a chair for 6 years and a National Leader of Governance for 3 years. She also has held the position of NLG Coordinator for Derby and Derbyshire since September 2017.  This involves supporting the work of the (currently) 11 NLGs across the county and liaising with commissioners of this work, including Teaching School Alliances, MATs and Local Authorities.

Professionally she specialises in leadership, team and cultural development and is dedicated to helping people work more effectively and collaboratively together.  She feels this is crucial for excellent governance and a productive, high-trust working relationship between school leaders, staff and governors.

Sarah has worked with over 20 schools and colleges in her capacity as an NLG and as a professional facilitator/development consultant and carried out many external reviews of governance. Her mission is to help schools/MATs/federations develop a high-performance culture and organisation built on a clear shared vision, values and a team-driven approach.

She has a degree in Educational Psychology and has worked at a senior level in Human Resources in the chemical industry (originally Courtaulds), contributing to significant organisational and cultural change.

Having established Work Vitality in 2007, Sarah now has a wide range of clients including Tarmac, the Vaillant Group, the University of Derby, Lafarge, Vinci Energies and the Volvo Group.

With a background in Human Resources, coaching qualifications and extensive experience of coaching senior leaders, Sarah brings a sharp understanding of how to develop an engaged and performing workplace to her governance system-leadership role.

Sarah’s two daughters both attended Richardson Endowed Primary school in Smalley (now within Embark Federation) and being Derby born and bred, Sarah is passionate about improving the education and life-chances for all children and young people in her home county.

Vision
To create 'stand out' schools at the heart of their community.

The Ultimate West End Day Trip!

03 Dec 2019

On Wednesday 13th November, Embark Federation ‘embarked’ on a trip of a lifetime for 42 of our children across 7 of our schools. After an early start of 6:30am from Derby, we travelled to...

Hot House Jazz Day!

03 Dec 2019

Please see below a press release following our day with Hot House: Over 100 children from Bondholder Embark Federation, came together earlier this month to work with the inspirational Jon Eno and his...

Embark Art Day 2019

08 Jul 2019

70 children from across our Embark schools came together this week for a fabulous Art Day.   They were so excited by the opportunity to work with the brilliant artist Sophie Edwards and the amaz...

Leigh Timmis' Tales Inspire Kilburn Junior

03 Jun 2019

Round the World cyclist, World Record holder, Adventurer and friend of Kilburn Junior School, Leigh Timmis, visited us today, captivating pupils, parents and staff with tales of his accomplishments an...

EMBARK Pupils Make History

13 May 2019

Pupils from four of our Academy Schools, Kilburn Junior, Horsley Woodhouse Primary, Howitt  Primary and Smalley Richardson Primary made history today when they planted the first of 250,000 trees...

West End Stars Visit

13 Apr 2019

Tuesday 9th April is a day that will live long in the memory for 70 children from Embark Federation, a trust of 7 schools across Derbyshire. Two stars from the West End, Victoria Farley and Sophie Isa...

Heath Dance Tour Of Embark Schools

20 Mar 2019

It was a real privilege today to accompany 11 children from Heath Primary visiting 5 of our schools. They performed a stunning dance with an anti-bullying theme which finished with the key message of...

Messy Play Fun at Aldercar!

11 Mar 2019

Children attending the Nursery at Aldercar have been having great fun in recent weeks doing 'Messy Play.' Enjoy the pictures below:

Internet Safety at Howitt

05 Mar 2019

We are proud to say that we took part in Safer Internet Day at Howitt again this year. All classes got involved by sharing their ideas on how to work together for a better internet. Our Digital Leader...

Lego Robotics at Horsley Woodhouse!

04 Mar 2019

Class 4 have had 2 exciting events recently. In January, we had a visit from Junior STEM who delivered a Lego Robotics workshop. The children learned how to programme Lego models and wrote algorithms...

MP Nigel Mills visits Kilburn Juniors

01 Mar 2019

The local Member of Parliament for Amber Valley, Nigel Mills, visited Kilburn Junior School this morning to spend time with children in the Nurture room. He was really complimentary of the support giv...

Embark Conference 2018

17 Dec 2018

We were delighted to host our inaugral conference for staff earlier this month. 150 staff from the 7 schools came together at Pride Park stadium which was the first time we had all been together as a...

Arts Week 2019 at Heath Primary

The children at Heath Primary School have had a great time participating in our annual Arts Week this year. They have taken part in five different workshops; Lantern Making, Poetry, Music, Dance and P...

UK National Competition Winner at Howitt

Well done to Ebony, in Year 5 at Howitt Primary Community School, for becoming the winner of the Collins Big Cat Books writing competition for the whole of the United Kingdom. We are so proud of her a...

Kilburn Girls Victorious

Kilburn Junior's Year 3 and 4 girls were victorious in today's Derby County Ladies Football Tournament, lifting the trophy for the second year running. The team scored 30 goals in total and only conce...