Dick has been a Headteacher of two large secondary comprehensive schools in the East Midlands for 16 years. Dick has been a LLE for 10 years and as such has been involved in a wide range of school improvement activity in a range of different schools. In 2016 Dick became CEO of newly formed Two Counties Trust. In 2016 The Two Counties Trust comprised 3 Good secondary schools and has expanded to 8 secondary schools. All schools are located in close proximity along the M1 corridor and have similar contexts: ex-mining areas, white working class areas with levels of disadvantage above the national average.