• How Evolve contributes to the system

Podcast with Dean Kelly (RealiseMe) and Claire-Marie Cuthbert (CEO Evolve Trust)

Another great COVID schools discussion, with the amazing Claire-Marie Cuthbert, CEO of the Evolve Trust MAT in Mansfield. As you’d expect from the EMWAs Female CEO of the year, Claire is straight talking, full of infectious energy and positivity, with a firm grip on the future for her schools.

Running a MAT in a disadvantaged area brings with it many social difficulties and issues, all of which have been augmented during lockdown. Hear how Claire and her team have kept steadfast during lockdown, with schools open and staff going the extra-mile. Even delivering food parcels and Easter eggs to the families in need. As Claire says, maybe it’s time we all reflected on what it is to be a good human. Enjoy!

The Brick In The Wall - Podcast with Claire-Marie Cuthbert

The duo are joined by Claire Cuthbert, CEO of Evolve Trust, to discuss the importance of culture in education and Claire discloses who her pedagogical crush is. We also discuss the Headteacher Institute for the Headteachers within her trust and Claire also recommends a book for everyone in education to read and that's The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek.

Don't miss Claire's Confessional and her baptism of fire as a CEO as one member of staff decides to appear on TV...........just not the sort of show you would expect!

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The Evolve Trust Exec Team - Simon Sinek on Tour!

The countdown has begun!  The Executive Team are really looking forward to seeing Simon Sinek live at The Palladium - Mindset

CEO in conversation with Forum Strategy


Head Swap!

How The Evolve Trust broke down barriers - Two headteachers and a director of school improvement in Nottinghamshire have swapped roles for two years. It’s a move that has nudged them out of their comfort zones . . .

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Evolve Trust events and achievements

Claire Marie Cuthbert contributes to this publication, A Sum Greater than its Parts?, which seeks to offer perspectives from those who have successfully led and developed groups, not only academy trusts but also commercial groups of colleges. It includes insights from headteachers who have become chief executives and from operations directors. Each essay will, I hope, serve as a useful guide to those currently considering or developing a group of schools and provide some advice on what to do and what to avoid!


The Evolve Trust present for the latest cohort of Executive Leaders at Ambition School Leadership

The Evolve Trust meet with Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills

This enabled The Trust Executive team to gain Andreas' views and thoughts on what a 21st Century education should look like based on the latest OECD research and evaluations.

Best practice visit to Pet-Xi

PET-Xi is a high-energy training specialist whose multi-award winning teams work tirelessly to make a difference to people’s lives, firing up their minds with engaging and positive learning experiences designed to help school students to achieve their target grades, jobseekers to get back into employment or those in business to up-skill and progress with their goals.

Lead, follow, or get out the way!

Claire-Marie Cuthbert shares her experiences of the journey to becoming a system leader with CEO's of the future at Buckinghamshire University

The Evolve Trust reaches the finals of the Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards

The Evolve Trust is nominated for a Chad Business Award

Evolve Trust CEO - Claire Marie Cuthbert part of Breaking The Mould event 

Evolve Trust features in the 2019 Capita SIMS Annual Conference

Skills for tomorrow's world - NGA Article

EMWA Award for Claire-Marie Cuthbert - Outstanding Woman in Education 2019

The prestigious East Midlands Women’s Awards (EMWA), which is now in its third year, was held at Nottingham’s stunning Colwick Hall and hosted by BBC Radio Leicester presenters Rupal Rajani and Dave Andrews, with special guest the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace in attendance who voiced his interest in increasing the number of women in senior roles.

The East Midlands Women’s Awards (EMWA) recognises and celebrates women from all sectors, backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and age, making it the region’s most inclusive event. Furthermore, it acknowledges the impact of women in society – from grass-roots levels to the top of the academic or corporate world.

The Evolve Trust awarded CPLD award for it's Professional Development Pathways

Forward Ladies National Award for Evolve Trust CEO

10% Braver - Women Ed

Featuring Claire-Marie Cuthbert

Vivenne Poritt visits Evolve to work with Executive Leaders on ensuring PLD makes a difference

Evolve CEO on the Inclusion Panel discussion at the Sheffield Festival of Education

Claire-Marie Cuthbert - CollectivED Fellow for Leeds Beckett University

Joining the Dots Award for The Evolve Trust

MP, Ben Bradley visits The Evolve Trust at The Bramble Academy and describes us as 'A model for what education should be.

The Evolve Trust commit to achieve Leeds Becket University Award

What are the Executive Team reading?


Champions do extra.
They sweep the sheds.
They follow the spearhead.
They keep a blue head.

The Evolve Trust Executive Team has just embarked on reading this latest book,  Legacy, in which best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world’s most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business.

Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success – sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you’re gone?

What will be your legacy?

An Everyone Culture

An Everyone Culture is a team effort based on three detailed organisational cases, identified as “deliberately developmental organisations” and describes their work environment, relationships and how they engage employees in both growth and the organisational agenda. These organisations create “a culture in which people see their mistakes not as vulnerabilities but as prime opportunities for growth.”

While deliberately development organisations are currently outliers, and the three cases have created different cultures, strategies and tactics, the book inspires coaches to experiment with novel and diverse paths that could cultivate personal, professional, and cultural growth. Just what we are good at!

Description from Harvard Business Review Press

A Radical New Model for Unleashing Your Company's Potential. In most organisations nearly everyone is doing a second job no one is paying them for--namely, covering their weaknesses, trying to look their best, and managing other people's impressions of them. There may be no greater waste of a company's resources. The ultimate cost: neither the organisation nor its people are able to realise their full potential. What if a company did everything in its power to create a culture in which everyone - not just select "high potentials"--could overcome their own internal barriers to change and use errors and vulnerabilities as prime opportunities for personal and company growth? Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey (and their collaborators) have found and studied such companies - Deliberately Developmental Organisations.

A DDO is organised around the simple but radical conviction that organisations will best prosper when they are more deeply aligned with people's strongest motive, which is to grow. This means going beyond consigning "people development" to high-potential programs, executive coaching, or once-a-year off-sites. It means fashioning an organisational culture in which support of people's development is woven into the daily fabric of working life and the company's regular operations, daily routines, and conversations. "An Everyone Culture" dives deep into the worlds of three leading companies that embody this breakthrough approach. It reveals the design principles, concrete practices, and underlying science at the heart of DDOs--from their disciplined approach to giving feedback, to how they use meetings, to the distinctive way that managers and leaders define their roles. The authors then show readers how to build this developmental culture in their own organisations. This book demonstrates a whole new way of being at work. It suggests that the culture you create is your strategy--and that the key to success is developing everyone.

Radical Candor - Kim Scott

If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all . . . right?

While this advice may work for home life, as Kim Scott has seen first hand, it is a disaster when adopted by managers in the work place.

Scott earned her stripes as a highly successful manager at Google before moving to Apple where she developed a class on optimal management. Radical Candor draws directly on her experiences at these cutting edge companies to reveal a new approach to effective management that delivers huge success by inspiring teams to work better together by embracing fierce conversations.

Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism – delivered to produce better results and help your employees develop their skills and increase success.

Great bosses have a strong relationship with their employees, and Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees: make it personal, get stuff done, and understand why it matters.

Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Drawing on years of first-hand experience, and distilled clearly to give practical advice to the reader, Radical Candor shows you how to be successful while retaining your integrity and humanity. Radical Candor is the perfect handbook for those who are looking to find meaning in their job and create an environment where people love both their work and their colleagues, and are motivated to strive to ever greater success.