Les has vast experience, having a unique record of being a successful leader and innovator within most education sectors. The list of his roles is remarkable.
Norham Community Technology College was identified by HMI as ‘one of the most successful urban schools in the country’.
In his time as Director of Education, North Tyneside achieved Beacon Status for ‘tackling school failure’. All schools were deemed successful by Ofsted.
As CEO of Tyne Metropolitan College, Les led the merger of two FE Colleges, which was described as ‘exemplary’ by the DfE. The success rates moved from bottom to top quartile during the merger period.
Les was appointed by Secretary of State, Ed Balls, to lead and establish the Young People’s Learning Agency. Secretary of State, Michael Gove, then asked Les to support the establishment of the Education Funding Agency and chair the Advisory Group. Both Boards have been widely recognised as setting high standards for governance and effectiveness.
Les continues to radically influence the education system. He has a track record of education innovation. He was the founding Chair of the Northern Education Trust, which reflected his unwavering commitment to improving some of the country’s most challenging schools. He also conceived of and led the establishment of Schools NorthEast. His most recent venture is the Association of Education Advisers.
He is Visiting Professor at Sunderland University.
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