About Us

Peter Lacey is Founder and Managing Director of ECARDA Ltd.

peter laceyAfter teaching in three schools for sixteen years Peter worked as an education adviser in three different LEAs. Between times, he worked at Newcastle and Sunderland Universities co-ordinating a Government-funded raising achievement research project. He was a lead professional officer at the National Curriculum Council, and a member of the professional officer team at the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, where he shared a responsibility for revising the National Curriculum, setting of end of key stage tests and core skills specifications. Peter published many articles and papers and a book on learning and teaching numeracy. He worked with teacher groups across this country and abroad and was education consultant to a series of TV broadcasts. Between 1993 and 2005 he was a qualified school OFSTED inspector and was twice elected Chair of the General Council of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

Peter’s last local government appointment was as Deputy Director of Education. His strongly held principle of “putting the learner first” guided effective school improvement services and internal workforce remodelling and development. Securing over £80m for educational capital projects, Peter led on the reorganisation of schools across the area.

Working with ECARDA, an independent education consultancy, Peter has developed a range of tools to help settings, schools and colleges analyse, evaluate and manage their performance towards improved outcomes for young people. His work on standards and their exemplification provide frameworks for personal and institutional development. Engagement with national bodies has taken this work to a national level.
Peter has provided education consultancy services and project management to over twenty academy projects all of which have been delivered on time and within cost.

Peter remains actively engaged in research, evaluation and development at local, regional and national levels across all phases of education. His latest published papers on edumetrics examine quantitative approaches to evaluating educational outputs.

In 2013, Peter was elected as governor onto the Humber NHS Foundation Trust.



Diane Bennett is the Principal Consultant of ECARDA Ltd

diane bennettDiane brings to her role as Principal Consultant extensive experience of Business Administration and Management from both the private and public sectors. Her experience has been developed working at management level within the National Health Service; successfully operating her own small business within the sports and leisure industry; and most recently in a School Business Management role within an academy trust.

Following on from her Diploma in Business Studies, she completed the Certificate in School Business Management, through the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. With highly developed IT skills Diane is well placed to undertake analyses of data and produce statistics and reports that support schools’ self evaluations. Operating in a friendly and amenable manner, Diane offers clients a systematic approach to all School Administration Systems; in particular Financial Management and Budgeting in which she specialises.

Within ECARDA, Diane has the role of client services manager.



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Client feedback

Thank you ECARDA for publishing your model vision for the school of the future on your web-site. It has prompted our own thinking as a school and I am strongly recommending it to my colleagues. (Governor)

Your publication “2020 Vision” on the ECARDA web-site challenged us to deliver that vision now. Not only did we receive government grant funding to help us but also the evaluation of our work has been published in a national journal. Thank you ECARDA. (Principal)

ECARDA support services have provided me with efficient back-office functions that have allowed me to get on with leading the school. (Headteacher)

The ECARDA audit of our self-evaluation, evidence analysis and management planning has brought a new rigour to our performance improvement strategy. If you want to stay in your comfort zone then give ECARDA a wide berth. If you are serious about organisational improvement then get in touch with them now. (Headteacher)




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