Marcus Isman-Egal, MSc

Areas of Expertise/ Specialisms

I have really enjoyed working the BFLP Trust over the last three years and as I step down as Chair at the end of my tenure 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 a positive difference to the quality of education for young people, particularly as Chair, working with all the board members and the executive team with Helen and Teresa along with 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.

Areas of expertise and specialisms include:

  • Youth work
  • Youth Justice
  • Alternative Learning
  • Human Resource Management

Details of your last current role


City of Doncaster Council


Service Manager: Young People’s Service and Innovation


April 2022 – current


  • Leading and managing a range of Young People’s Services including the Alternative Learning and Crime Prevention Service, Streetbased Youth Sports Programme, Early Intervention, Equality and Diversity, Team Around the Schools, Youth Work projects, Young People’s Housing and Accommodation Services  and Children’s Rights Services.
  • I have scoped and agreed the programmes, objectives, outcomes and benefits, including governance, roles and responsibilities, timescales, dependencies, change plan and financial plan.
  • I have led on a South Yorkshire Child Exploitation offer which has developed an innovative and immersive Virtual Reality programme which is being rolled out acros schools in South Yorkshire and has garnered National Interest. 
  • 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 and risks

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 and also sit on the Board of TEDx Doncaster.

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 applications on behalf of clients to several grant-giving organisations, 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 and 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 Brighter Future Learning Partnership Trust.