Marcus Isman-Egal

Areas of Expertise/ Specialisms

Youth Work /Youth Justice Alternative Learning and Human Resource Management

Details of your last three roles


Doncaster Children’s Services Trust


Programme Manager EPIC Youth Crime Prevention Service


November 2015 – Current


  • As the Programme Manager, I successfully planned, design and implemented a service aimed at tackling the high levels of youth related AntiSocial Behaviour and crime across the borough. 
  • I have scoped and agreed the programmes, objectives, outcomes & benefits, including governance, roles & responsibilities, timescales, dependencies, change plan and financial plan.
  • I have led on the Service reduction in the number of young people entering the criminal justice system in our first year of operation by 49% 
  • I have advised the Trust Board on the technical details of appropriate programme management approach and ensure compliance for assurance purposes.
  • I have established governance structures, source resources, and ensure roles and responsibilities are in place to deliver programme which have been subject to external audit receiving a grade of substantially assurance.
  • I have agreed strategic collaboration required to deliver programme, including objectives, approach, scope, milestones, resources, dependencies, issues & risks


Right To Succeed


Doncaster Reach Programme Manager


July 2018 – Current


  • Ensure the delivery of a high quality programme
  • Work with internal stakeholders including delivery partners to ensure that the project is being set up for success in your area in terms of planning, timescales, partnerships, interventions, data Collection and measurement frameworks.
  • Provide direct support to the staff leading the project internally, building capacity within the school to adopt a research led approach.
  • Design and develop key processes that will ensure the smooth running of the programme in your area and provide clarity around accountability for programme targets and key areas of activity.
  • Oversee relationships with schools/education providers and delivery partners, ensuring that we have the right relationships in place and that these are managed to the highest levels of customer care.
  • Oversee the monitoring of performance and outcomes at a local level, ensuring that the programme is performing as expected and drive mid-stream adjustment to correct the course of travel where required.
  • Help shape the culture, infrastructure and systems within each school to inform the iterative development of the programme, including supporting the local governance infrastructure for the project.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practice and learning across the schools in your area.




Equality and Diversity Programme Lead


April 2015 – November 2015


  • As Programme Lead I lead on the development of a range of projects, focusing on inclusive leadership, to support equality and diversity and the culture change programme across the organisation. The project scope focused on all nine of the protected characteristics, developing, leading and delivering a range of specific intervention and activities to support and meet the organisation Public Sector Equality Duty along with the NHS workforce Change portfolio including rolling out initial equality standards on race, disability and LGBT.
  • Successfully carrying out wide ranging consultation with staff & Senior Management teams to ensure indepth analysis and extensive understanding of the main issues that affect staff engagement and influence an inclusive culture.
  • Managed the review and assessment of DBH leadership models and interventions, creating action plans for change and sharing experience with other Trusts.
  • Commissioned appropriate communications products to publicise progress and actively market the Trust.
  • Through the support of the NHS Leadership Academy, participated in benchmarking with other NHS organisations doing similar work and conduct comparative analysis of results to support the culture change programme at Doncaster & Bassetlaw.
  • Tracked trends and develop materials to explain and demonstrate key points to a wide range of audiences including community stakeholders.
  • Successfully collaborated with the HR Business Partners and management teams at all levels across DBH to take forward agreed action plans.
  • As Programme Lead identified potential problem areas and work with HR Business Partners/local managers in the development of creative solutions and counter-measures to address these.
  • Successfully facilitate the Trust response to workforce elements of the Equality Delivery System and our annual publication to meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

General Areas of Expertise to Support a Trust Board

Experience of working with colleagues in a wide range of settings including educational/youth justice/youth work and Health.

Have served as a Non-Executive Director with Health Watch North Lincolnshire and EXPECT Youth Doncaster.

I am currently an Advisory Board Member for Agencia a privately owned Company specialising in the field of Justice and Health. 

Education Improvement Specific Experience and Skills

Working with National Charity Right to Succeed in as Reach Doncaster Programme Manager. The Reach programme has been designed to support schools reduce the number of fixed and permanent school exclusions. 

Specific Leadership and Skills Experience

I have operated as a SLT in a number of organisation including local authorities and as a National Programme Manager at the Children’s Workforce Development Council. 

HR and Data Handling Specific Experience and Skills

With a MSc in HR Management I have significant post qualification experience in front line professional delivery in a variety of settings and specialism both operational and senior management. I currently have responsibility for strategic planning, policy development and significant human and resource management. 

I have a clear understanding and appreciation for the number of policies and legislation that direct and impact on best practice within the sector along with an awareness of current issues, developments and priorities within children’s’ social care.  

Finance Specific Experience and Skills

My roles have included managing corporate relationships, managing service level agreements, client accounts, recognizing and acting upon development opportunities. As  National Programme Lead at CWDC I was responsible for a multi-million pound transformational programme

I have also successfully secured external funding through bid writing to support and widen the scope of a range of projects aimed at improving or developing services for young people.  As service manager I was able to design, develop and lead a new educational support service which was purchased by 10 Secondary Schools/ Academies in North East Lincolnshire which led to significant business growth.

Furthermore I have over recent months submitted funding application on behalf of clients to several grant giving organisation including, Reaching Communities, SITA,WREN, Lottery Awards for All, Sports England, Children in Need Young Roots, Comic Relief, ESF,DWP and the Humber LEP. 

Brief comments on why your previous experience is relevant

I have managed multi-disciplinary teams and project’s from CIAG, Young People Centres, Youth Volunteers Programme, Children’s Centres, Streetbased Sports Programmes, Mobile Youth Work Teams, YISP & Youth Justice and Safer Neighbourhood projects which all included the design and implementation of informal educational learning opportunities. I believe my diverse range of experiences gives me a holistic view of young people and learning to support the development of the Trust. 


I have really enjoyed working the BFLP Trust and I wanted just share my view on why good school governance is important as we further build on the successes of the last three years.  Effective governance is a vital part of a good school it provides strategic leadership; it supports the drive for high quality teaching and learning, it provides oversight in managing the trust finances along with provide support and challenge to the CEO .


During my three years as a board member and Chair I feel I have been able to contribute extensively in a range of key areas and make e a positive difference to the quality of education for young people particularly as Chair working with all the board members and the executive team of Helen and Teresa and the wonderful Carole. I’ve learned so much and enhanced my understanding of school governance and would recommend the opportunity to my colleagues and peers. In summary Good Governance is one of the cornerstones of all well run organisation, and Multi Academy Trust/Schools are no exception.