Wendy Casson is an excellent collaborative leader. Her team are also skilled in collaborating with a significant range of colleagues – head teachers, governing boards, local authority officers, parents and carers, social workers, educational psychologists, teachers , and a significant range of challenging pupils.
As Chair of the Blackpool Challenge, I have gained much from meeting the leadership and teaching staff at Diversity, the enormity of their task is not seen as a challenge too far. They approach each activity, challenge or need as a team, utilising their considerable collective knowledge and expertise.
The Blackpool Challenge Board has recently agreed funding the Diversity Leadership team to implement and evaluate a collaborative project involving five schools from the most deprived area of Blackpool. The Board were unanimous in their support for the project.
Wendy is a leader who exemplifies the best of educators – a strong vision underpinned by a strong moral purpose; excellent, clear and coherent vision and strategic thinking; very strong communication skills; dedication and commitment to every child and young person succeeding, whatever it takes.
Professor Sonia Blandford
Chair Blackpool Challenge, CEO Achievement for All, Professor of Education and Social Enterprise UCL IOE