By Steve Murrells, Co-op CEO
I’m delighted to inform you that Frank Norris, who has led the Co-op Academies Trust for the past six years, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
This award is fully deserved. Frank’s an outstanding leader who personifies Co-op values and acts as a fantastic role model, not only to his thousands of students but also his colleagues in the Trust and all of us across Co-op.
Frank’s passion for education and his support for young people from all backgrounds, coupled with his impressive leadership skills means that the Co-op Academies Trust is now recognised as one of the best in the country.
However, I know Frank would be the first to acknowledge that this honour is not just about him. It recognises the progress the academies are making and the commitment that individuals within the Trust demonstrate on a daily basis, ensuring every student achieves their full potential.
During his six years in charge, the Trust has grown from just six academies to 23, most recently with the addition of the Trust’s first special schools, and he’s established the foundations for its continued expansion and success.
Frank steps down from his leadership role at the Trust this summer after a distinguished career in education, so this award is most timely.
Well done Frank!
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