Richard Yeates is currently Regional Director for United Learning, a large group of academies and independent schools. Until July 2017 he was the long-standing Head of Ashford Prep School where he oversaw the successful merger of two very different schools. The school achieved ‘Outstanding/Excellent‘ in all categories in its latest inspection and subsequently achieved its current Teaching School status.
Richard is an experienced facilitator and trainer of senior and middle leaders and has worked with many schools in and out of the group to help develop strategy, leadership and school effectiveness in a broad range of aspects, including working with a local University Technology College. He has been a school governor and has worked as a team inspector for fifteen years. He enjoys coaching and mentoring both new and experienced leaders.
He has worked in Primary and Secondary education in a variety of roles including Head, Deputy, Director of Music, Director of Marketing and Housemaster. He has a particular interest in bringing the best out of people and in developing leadership in others; three of his deputies have gone on to take up their own headships.