28 January 2016
Brian Lightman is to step down as General Secretary of ASCL with immediate effect to pursue other professional interests.
He will be succeeded by Malcolm Trobe, the current Deputy General Secretary, who will take over as Interim General Secretary prior to the Association appointing a permanent successor.
Mr Lightman has been ASCL General Secretary since 2010. Mr Trobe paid tribute to Mr Lightman’s contribution. “Throughout his period as General Secretary, Brian has shown unwavering commitment to championing and supporting the work done by ASCL members in ensuring that the job of school and college leadership continues to be fulfilling and worthwhile.”
Mr Trobe said Mr Lightman had worked tirelessly with ministers, top civil servants and other key influencers to shape and influence the education policy of successive governments.
“Brian led the ASCL Great Education Debate in 2014, which energised many members behind a compelling view of a school-led, self-improving system,” he added. “It paved the way for ASCL’s Blueprint and vision, which is now widely understood and supported by education practitioners and policy makers.”
Mr Lightman plans to pursue other professional interests and said he hoped to add benefit to the lives of educators and young people by bringing his considerable knowledge and expertise to alternative professional pursuits.