In July 2002, Ofsted published its report on Westminster LEA and stated:
'The first inspection, in May 2000, judged the LEA to have more weaknesses than strengths. This has been reversed and the authority...is improving rapidly... Significant progress in the school improvement strategy, corporate leadership and support for school improvement has been made in less than two years...The director of education has made brave and difficult decisions to focus the authority on the correct improvement strategy.'
John's leadership was identified as a key strength of the LEA in both the 2000 and 2002 inspections.
Ian Harrison, managing director of Capita SES said: 'We are delighted that John is joining us. This will bring the number of former directors and acting directors in our team to seven and will enhance our capacity to provide high level support to LEAs.'
Peter Rogers, chief executive of Westminster City Council, said: 'John has made a tremendous impact in Westminster. His leadership skills and hard work have left Westminster in a much stronger position so that we are now seen as an education employer of choice.'