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Delivering effective School Business Leadership strategies for the education sector

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Dave Noble is an experienced School Business Leader who has a track record of delivering change programmes, creating organisational capability and operating effectively as a senior executive leader within the education sector. He has demonstrated an ability to build and lead high performing teams by hiring, developing, and motivating quality staff.


He runs his own school business leadership consultancy and training business. His clients range from small to medium sized Multi Academy Trusts, as well as Government education agencies. 


He is a professional School Business Leader, a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership and a DfE accredited School Resource Management Advisor. Previously he worked in the private sector for 18 years in Operations and HR Management (MCIPD).

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14 years in School Business Leadership

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Dave’s experience in school business leadership has included:

Between 2009 and 2011, as School Business Manager he successfully ensured a £20 million BSF rebuild and refurbishment project for Temple Moor High School, Leeds. This was delivered on time with zero lost days of learning for the school. In addition during this time he successfully managed the financial budget for the school ensuring a forecast three year deficit was avoided.

At Red Kite Learning Trust acted as Business Leader for the development and implementation of an IT vision and strategy, delivering a £1.2 million change programme for the centralisation of broadband services, IT Networks, IT Service Teams, telephony systems and MS365 tenancies in partnership with Dell Technologies and Nviron Ltd.


Aidan Sadgrove

CEO at Brigshaw Learning Partnership

July 2022


Dave did an excellent job helping the Brigshaw Trust as we move into our next phase. His work designing and helping implement a new Trust central structure to better serve our schools has been invaluable.


During his time with the Trust he also delivered significant projects, leading on the planning and implementation of our new MIS system, the Trust's new IT strategy, and supporting the procurement and delivery of our new payroll system. Dave also cohered and helped execute the Trust's Estates and SCA plans, ensuring best value for the Trust and our children.


In all the above, Dave's focus was on trying to provide the best possible service to Head Teachers and school staff so that, in turn, they are able to focus on achieving transformative outcomes in the classroom. I can't recommend Dave highly enough.


Adam Daly

Principal Crawshaw Academy

Executive IT Lead: Red Kite Learning Trust

October 2022


Dave was responsible for driving genuinely transformational change in the Red Kite Learning Trust I.T. Infrastructure project. Quite simply - he delivers solutions.


At the start of our I.T. journey, Dave would never have claimed to be an IT solutions specialist. Years of experience in business, project management and finance in a range of sectors have honed his skills. His real talents however, lie in building effective relationships, understanding what the client really wants or needs, identifying the best solution and then ensuring all stakeholders play their part to deliver. He became an expert – so much so that our industry partners in this project now want him working for them.


People like working for, and with, Dave. His humility, sense of humour and drive to deliver are a rare and valuable package in my experience.


Matthew Browne

Progress Leader at Red Kite Teacher Training 

April 2022


I was employed as headteacher of a new free school academy and Dave worked alongside me for several years to ensure this project was approved, completed on time and on budget. Dave was a key player in securing £12 million funding to build our school. 


The levels of project management on something like this are unimaginable. The amount of procurement and development of new systems and processes could scare anyone. Dave was what kept everything constant. He worked hard, carefully and intelligently to ensure we did all we set out to do. Without reservation he is the single most impressive and skilled colleague I have ever worked with.

Steve Howell

Chief Finance Officer at Red Kite Learning Trust

November 2021


Dave was a fantastic colleague with a great combination of skills and experience and an excellent approach to achieving results.

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