Tory ‘superhead’ is struck off over SECRET £160,000 second salary

Tory ‘superhead’ lauded by David Cameron is struck off over secret second salary totalling £160,000 on top of his £120,000 annual pay

  • Liam Nolan, of Birmingham, found guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’
  • He was paid £160,000 over two years through his own company LiamNolan Ltd
  • Investigation found payments breached rules as cash were made outside payroll
  • The 50-year-old praised by Tories for his support of greater financial freedom

A headteacher of a multi-academy trust lauded by David Cameron and Michael Gove has been banned from teaching over a secret ‘second salary’ worth £160,000.

Liam Nolan, who was chief executive of the Perry Beeches trust in Birmingham, was found guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’ at a hearing on Monday.

The 50-year-old was paid £160,000 over two years through his own company LiamNolan Ltd, on top of his annual head teacher salary of £120,000.

The payments were made by procurement firm Nexus Schools Ltd, which paid almost £1.3million into the now-defunct trust without following proper procedures.

Liam Nolan was one of the ‘superheads’ praised by the Conservatives and he even spoke at the party’s conference in 2012 (pictured) about giving schools more financial freedom

Mr Nolan’s trust was lauded by ex-education secretaries Nicky Morgan and Michael Gove, and former prime minister David Cameron visited the Perry Beeches school in 2013 (shown)

Mr Nolan was one of the ‘superheads’ praised by the Conservatives and he even spoke at the party’s conference in 2012 about giving schools more financial freedom.

His trust was lauded by ex-education secretaries Nicky Morgan and Michael Gove, and former prime minister David Cameron visited the Perry Beeches school in 2013.

An investigation by the Teaching Regulation Agency found the payments breached rules as the cash were made outside the trust’s payroll, The Times reported.


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Its report stated: ‘Mr Nolan stated in his evidence that he was under pressure in developing the Perry Beeches schools and that it was against this background that he made what he described as mistakes.

‘However, the panel was not convinced this justified his lack of integrity in managing public finances.

‘Although Mr Nolan apologised for some of his failings as accounting officer, there did not appear to be sufficient insight into the seriousness of those failings or his responsibility in that post.

Liam Nolan, who was chief executive of Perry Beeches School in Birmingham (pictured), was found guilty of ‘unacceptable professional conduct’ at a hearing on Monday

‘In particular, the panel was concerned that he blamed the trustees, accountants and others for the remuneration arrangements that are at the heart of this case.’ 

Perry Beeches academy trust has since handed all of its five schools to new sponsors and it was wound up earlier this year.

Mr Nolan narrowly avoided losing his job in 2008 after he was convicted of outraging public decency at a beauty spot.

The openly gay teacher was caught with another man at Sandwell Valley, but Perry Beeches governors stood by him and kept him in his £64,000-a-year post.

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