Head to Head with Adrian Leggett, Chair of Governors at Harwich and Dovercourt High School


Adrian Leggett

Your current title / role:

Project Manager/Consultant

Brief career background

I graduated with a BA in Economics in 1986 and an MSc in Information System in 1995. Following this, I worked in local government for four years as a Business Advisor before becoming a consultant in 2002. I initially specialised in the local government modernisation agenda before moving into Academy Project Management in 2008. Since then I have helped to convert over 60 schools to Academies, set up numerous MATs and more recently a few Free Schools.

What does a typical working day look like?

My working day varies depending on whether I am working from home responding to client queries, updating project plans and risks, preparing conversion reports/deliverables for client meetings, or whether I am out on site with clients attending project meetings, offering support, guidance and presenting reports. I usually have one or two evening meetings a week, either with clients and/or in my capacity as a Chair of Governors of a Secondary Academy. The only thing that stays the same every day is walking my two dogs!

What did you have for dinner last night?

Chili Con Carne

What was the last piece of music you listened to?

 ‘Johnny’s Band’ – the new single by a very old band, Deep Purple

What was your favourite and most hated subject when you were at school?

My favourite was Economics and most hated was French

What is the best thing about your job?

Meeting new people and helping them to realise their goals and plans

If you could change one thing about the current education system what would it be?

I would increase funding to all schools so that they can properly meet the challenges they now face – as well as plan for the future to fully prepare our young people for the world of work in the 21st century and thus the country for a post Brexit world!