Robert Barr CPFA

I am a widely-respected public sector professional with a broad track record, spread over 30 years, of success at senior level that includes work in education, corporate governance and housing. My work has encompassed service improvement; counter-fraud management and policy development; procurement and outsourcing; inspection, audit and regulation; and the development of corporate management arrangements. This experience provides me with a unique insight into strategic, financial and operational management across public services, especially education. I am aware of the imperative for multi-disciplinary team-building and I have demonstrated an ability to facilitate productive working relationships between different agencies and across different sectors. I have established a track record of seizing opportunities in a time of major organisational change and of devising and implementing systematic alternatives to crisis management.

My achievements include:

  • establishing a strategic financial planning process at Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form;
  • Piloting the Elliot Foundation Academies Trust from start-up to a thriving, 17-school £30m enterprise
  • securing £5m outstanding grant and £500k savings in the successful transformation of Oasis Community Learning;
  • leading successful anti-fraud strategies at two London Councils including effective application of personnel policy and procedure; and
  • being the first finance professional to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (HMI).

Looking to the future I recognise the progress already made and I am motivated by the challenge of building on the what has already been achieved; I want to contribute to building a resilient and skilled management team to lead the deliver of Chapel Street’s mission and I am looking forward to working with all Chapel Street schools.