Declan has experience of teaching across both the primary and secondary sector. Throughout his career he has held several senior roles. He was a headteacher for 14 years of a Church School. Declan has previously worked as a School Improvement Partner for two different Local Authorities and as such has vast experience of working with schools in a variety of contexts. Declan has been a section 48 inspector for Birmingham Diocese.
Declan has led many section 5 and section 8 inspections on behalf of Ofsted since 2009. He worked in a senior position for an inspection service provider for five years where he was responsible for training lead inspectors. As such Declan has vast knowledge of the Ofsted Inspection Framework. Currently Declan heads up the school improvement team for the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust having worked for the trust since 2015.