Independent Chair of Camden Learning appointed

Independent Chair of Camden Learning appointed

27 Sep 2016

Christine Gilbert CBE has been appointed as the independent Chair of the Board of Camden Learning.

Camden Learning

Christine Gilbert CBE has been appointed as the independent Chair of the Board of Camden Learning, a not-for-profit school improvement company formed by all the state-funded schools in the borough and the Council itself.

Martin Pratt, Executive Director of Supporting People, said: “Christine has a distinguished career in education, local and national government. She started her career as a history teacher, then a secondary head, before moving on to become Director of Education at Harrow Council, then Tower Hamlets Council.

“She became chief executive of Tower Hamlets Council before becoming her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted from 2006 - 2010. More recently, she has been working with schools and local authorities on a range of initiatives and projects.”

The Directors of Camden Learning will be elected by schools next month.

Ms Gilbert said in a message to schools: “I am delighted to be appointed as the first Chair of Camden Learning and look forward to working with you all to fulfil your ambitions for the success of all Camden’s pupils. Your collective work through the Camden schools-led partnership is impressive and I believe you have laid the foundations of an exciting, new kind of local, school-led education system in England.

“I shall be proud to be Chair of a partnership so focused on excellence and on continuing to develop a local system where children thrive and teachers enjoy teaching. I look forward to meeting with you all in the near future.”

Councillor Angela Mason CBE, Camden’s Cabinet Member for Children, said: “Christine Gilbert brings valuable years of school improvement and public policy experience to her role. I’m confident she will help Camden shape and deliver school- and Council- led activity that supports our ambitions to have the country’s best schools with no child left behind.”

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