New Education Commissioner appointed

Birmingham News

Birmingham News

Chief Executive Mark Rogers has welcomed the appointment of Sir Mike Tomlinson as Education Commissioner for Birmingham.

The appointment, made by the Education Secretary, was announced on 24th of September.

Sir Mike has had a distinguished career in a wide range of education roles, including holding the office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools (Ofsted) and chairing the Hackney Education Trust. In this new role, which reports jointly to the Secretary of State for Education and the City Council’s Chief Executive, he will have oversight of the delivery of recommendations arising from the various investigations into the Trojan Horse affair.

The Education Commissioner will attend the fortnightly meetings of the ‘quartet’ – consisting of Leader of the Council Sir Albert Bore, Chief Executive Mark Rogers, Cabinet Member for children and family services Brigid Jones, and Strategic Director for People Peter Hay – the team already driving through the improvements to children’s services.

Mark Rogers said: “The Education Secretary’s appointment of Sir Mike Tomlinson is a good decision for Birmingham. His experience and reputation give us confidence that we will be constructively supported and challenged in our efforts to move forward at pace from the recent controversies.

“We have already had a positive experience of working with our Safeguarding Commissioner Lord Warner, and we look forward to an equally productive relationship with Sir Mike in his new role.”