Mike Tomlinson, currently chief inspector, OFSTED, as chair-designate
of the body being established to deliver education services in
The appointment was made following a joint recruitment and selection
exercise with Hackney Council. Mr Tomlinson will take up his post on
1 August 2002, when the new body takes over responsibility for the
education services. Meanwhile, he will be kept informed of progress
and will be involved in key decisions in the period leading up to
establishment of the new body.
Stephen Timms said:
'I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Tomlinson to
this challenging role. His contribution as the chief inspector of
schools has helped us to raise standards nationally and I am sure
his passion for education means that the new body will provide the
high standards of service that children in Hackney deserve.
'We are supporting Hackney in establishing the new body and work on
this is progressing to plan. We look forward to seeing the hard work
being tackled by everyone involved, reflected in an improved
education service. I am confident that Mike will provide the
leadership and inspiration to make the substantial changes needed.'
This Press Notice applies to England.
1. The new body will operate under contract to Hackney LBC,
which will retain responsibility for over-arching strategic
decisions, in particular, the final shape of the Education
Development Plan and the budget. The new body will have its own board
of directors with an independent chair and the board will include
heads and a school governor.
2. Mike Tomlinson CBE is chief inspector of Schools at OFSTED.
Between 1965-77 he held various teaching posts in schools in
Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire before joining OFSTED in 1978. In
1992 he became deputy director of inspection and in 1995 director of
inspection. In the latter post he had responsibility for the new
inspection system including the Framework and its development,
monitoring of inspections, training and assessment of inspectors,
failing schools and schools with serious weaknesses, contracting,
inspection of local education authorities including best value and
the impact of inspection in improving schools. In 1997 he was awarded
a CBE. He took up the post of chief inspector on 1 December 2000.