13 October 2016
Chris Kirk, a leading educationalist who has worked in several high-profile roles serving the sector over the course of more than 20 years, has been nominated for the post of ASCL General Secretary.
He has been selected by the association’s Nomination Committee following a rigorous and extensive executive search.
Chris has worked in leadership posts in professional services firm PwC, responsible for its education consulting services to schools, colleges and the UK government. In 2006, he was seconded to lead a project for the National College for School Leadership to address the leadership supply crisis in the sector. He has also worked as chief executive of GEMS Education Solutions, which provides education strategy, management and school improvement services around the world. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Department for Education, including as a senior planning officer at the Funding Agency for Schools.
ASCL President Sian Carr, who chaired the Nomination Committee, said: “We felt that Chris has the experience and skills to ensure that ASCL is able to play a key role in helping to shape future education policy and provide excellent representation for the association’s members.
“He will be able to provide the leadership which enables ASCL to take forward our vision of a school-led self-improving system that creates the conditions in which every child and young person can realise achievement, no matter what their social background.”
The nomination will now be submitted to ASCL’s full membership and any further nominations will be invited. If there are further nominations, an election will be held in December and January, and the result will be declared in February. No election is required if it is uncontested.
ASCL is currently led by Interim General Secretary Malcolm Trobe who will continue to serve in this role until the new General Secretary is appointed.