A fond farewell to our Chairman Brian Rigby MBE

Brian Rigby MBE – Chairman of The Dean Trust

Councillor Brian Rigby MBE

Councillor Brian Rigby MBE

Following 28 years of dedicated service to the children and staff within our Trust, Brian Rigby MBE has decided to retire from his position of Chairman of The Dean Trust.

This is a momentous occasion for the Trust as Brian has been responsible for leading all of the key initiatives that have brought our Trust (and schools) to the position we have today as a very well respected organisation both locally and nationally. The Dean Trust was in fact named after Brian due to his devotion to the schools (Brian Dean Rigby)

Brian was initially the Chairman of Governors at Ashton on Mersey School leading the school to unbelievable success, by only ever receiving ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted outcomes which continues through to today. He led and supported our work with our partners, notably Manchester United and encouraged the school to bid for specialist status.

In 2006, Brian brokered an arrangement with the local authority to support Broadoak School. The rest is history as Broadoak School is now a thriving and successful school. The DfE, who encouraged us to take on other schools to support them to improve standards in what is now ‘The Dean Trust’ way, recognised this foresight.

To date there are nine schools in the Trust with a brand new school planned next year. Through our Board, led by Brian, we continue to be in great demand to take on schools across the region.

This exceptional work within education alongside Brian’s other roles was recognised by the Honours Committee, when Brian was awarded an MBE for Services to Education in 2005. In addition, Brian has also been a National Leader of Governance for a number of years sharing his expertise and knowledge to support other governing bodies and schools that are in difficulty. Brian remains heavily involved in this area of work.

Brian has already received many congratulations from our school communities and this will continue. We all wish him well in the next phase of his journey and I am sure that many of you who read this will also do the same.

Congratulations Brian.