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Birmingham charity appoints new CEO

Martyn Collin will succeed Charles Elvin as Chief Executive of 'Services for Education'

Posted by Hannah Vickers | September 05, 2017 | People, policy, politics

Services for Education’, the Birmingham-based charity that delivers the Music Service and Schools Support in Birmingham, has appointed Martyn Collin, a career educator in Birmingham, to succeed the current chief executive Charles Elvin. Elvin is to take up a new position later in the year as CEO at the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  

Collin is currently Deputy CEO and Executive Principal of Ninestiles Academy Trust and has recently overseen its merger with The Sixth Form College Solihull. He is also former acting head of the Schools Support service within Services for Education and is currently a trustee of Services for Education.  

The charity, which was established in 2012 and is part-funded by the Arts Council, England, comprises the former Birmingham City Council owned Health Education Service, the Learning and Assessment Service and the well-established Music Service. It provides training and development to teaching and support staff in more than 550 schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Its Music Service, which is celebrating its 50th year, works across 384 of the city’s schools, teaching music to 38,000 children and providing 27,000 musical instruments free-of-charge.   

Martyn brings a clear understanding of the pressures faced by our service users, their needs and requirements. Together with the current management team, he will lead the further development of Services for Education - Martin Chitty, Chair of Trustees at Services for Education

Martin Chitty, Chair of Trustees at Services for Education, said: “Martyn brings a clear understanding of the pressures faced by our service users, their needs and requirements. Together with the current management team, he will lead the further development of Services for Education. 

“With some 30 years' experience as an educator in Birmingham, Martyn has led schools in the primary and secondary sectors and was a Principal Adviser for Birmingham local authority schools and a Senior Regional Director for the Department for Education and Skills National Strategies.  

“We are fortunate that Martyn will continue the excellent work and achievements of Charles, who has accomplished a great deal during his period of leadership. 

"Despite the challenging times for all those in the education sector, Charles leaves the charity with a stronger organisational and financial base and we are grateful to him for his unstinting support. The Trustees wish him well in his new role."

Collin will work alongside Elvin on a transitional basis prior to his departure in autumn 2017.

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