New Ofsted chair announced

Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson today (10 July 2020) announced the appointment of Dame Christine Ryan as next chair of Ofsted.

As former CEO and Chief Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, Dame Christine has significant experience in the education sector.

Dame Christine serves as:

  • Board member for Ofqual
  • Chair of TalentEd, an educational charity for disadvantaged young people

She replaces Professor Julius Weinberg and she will take up her new role at Ofsted from 1 August 2020.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“Dame Christine Ryan brings a wealth of experience in the education sector to her new role. I am confident that alongside Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, we have the right team to lead Ofsted in this crucial period as we work together to support schools, colleges, nurseries and local authorities to handle the impact of coronavirus.

“I am very grateful to the outgoing chair Professor Julius Weinberg for all his work over the past 3 and half years.”

Dame Christine Ryan said:

“I am truly privileged to be invited to serve as chair of Ofsted and recognise the great personal responsibility this role brings. I will work tirelessly to support Ofsted in its essential duty of improving education and care for all our children and young people.”

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