Cathal has worked in education for over 25 years, holding numerous senior positions in mainstream schools before becoming the founding headteacher of an independent SEBD primary school. He subsequently became Director of Education for a wider group of SEND schools before taking the role of national Director of Day Schools.
He has co founded a Multi academy trust as COO and is currently the Strategic Director for Leadership and School Improvement for a Birmingham based MAT.
His multidisciplinary evidence based approach to school improvement has combined health and education to improve outcomes for pupils. This has contributed to his wealth of practical experience in what works to successfully engage disaffected learners, including those with complex social emotional and mental health needs. This has been reflected in numerous successful OFSTED outcomes.
Cathal regularly gets invited to speak at regional and national conferences, deliver training as an educational consultant and contribute articles to a range of educational publications . He is an associate education expert for The Key website for school leaders and has collaborated with many organisations including English Heritage to produce a staff training video on working with SEND pupils. He has experience in a wide range of governance roles including as part of an IEB and Chair of multiple Governing bodies.
Cathal is a founding member of the WMids SEND forum and is an active participant in the W Mids SEMH schools group. He is particularly interest in using mental health and well being to underpin school improvement, disseminating best practice by drawing on health education and social care protocols to drive systemic improvements for all.