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New Schools Network seeks new Director

As Nick Timothy moves into Number 10, free schools organisation launches search for new appointment

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 20, 2016 | People, policy, politics

Nick Timothy, Director of New Schools Network (NSN), has returned to Number 10 as joint chief of staff with fellow former aide, Fiona Hill, having been released from his post at New Schools Network with immediate effect to take up the new role. 

Timothy was previously a policy adviser for Theresa May at the Home Office, and has been heading up the New Schools Network, a charity that champions quality education through free schools, since 2015. 

David Ross, Chair of Trustees at New Schools Network, said: “We would like to thank Nick for his leadership over the last year during which he has led an expansion of NSN with the opening of our northern office and shaped a new strategy for the organisation. We wish him all the best for his next role. 

“NSN will be launching the search for a new Director with immediate effect. It is an exciting time for free schools and NSN is working with a record number of groups who will be vying to be among the 500 new schools planned by Government. Over the coming months we will continue our work to identify new, innovative school providers that can help raise the standard of education across England.” 

Nick Timothy said: “It has been a great privilege to see first-hand the extraordinary hard work of free school applicants who work so tirelessly to improve education in their communities. I have every confidence that the free school programme will continue to grow and flourish, ably assisted by the brilliant team at New Schools Network.” 

Sarah Pearson, Director of Campaigns & External Relations will act as Interim Director while the search for the new Director takes place. Anyone interested in applying for the Director’s position at New Schools Network should register their interest with Natalia Gomolka (nataliagomolka@newschoolsnetwork.org).

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