The Trustees at New Schools Network (NSN) today announce that Luke Tryl will be leaving as Director. Luke will be replaced as Director by Unity Howard, who is currently Deputy Director at NSN.

The Trustees are grateful for Luke’s work to date and wish him well in his future endeavours.  The news comes as Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, has indicated that free schools are one of his top three priorities for this Government.

Unity Howard, incoming Director at NSN, said: 

“I am delighted to take up this role. Having been at NSN for several years I’m honoured to have the opportunity to step into the driving seat and lead NSN’s fantastic team. I have seen the impact that free schools have made over the past decade and I am looking forward to building on that success. 

“With the Education Secretary making clear that free schools are a top priority for this Government, this really is the perfect time to be taking on this role and I can’t wait to get started.”

Luke Tryl, outgoing Director at NSN, said:

“It has been a real privilege to work at NSN. Free schools have the power to be a truly transformative force in the education landscape and I am looking forward to seeing the work of NSN under Unity’s leadership.  

“I am delighted to be passing on the mantle as free schools look set once again to play an important part of the domestic agenda – and with their proven track record I know that NSN will be integral to making sure this outstanding programme continues to go from strength to strength over the coming months and years.”

David Ross, Chair of Trustees at NSN, said:

“We are grateful to Luke for his work, in particular his input into our ongoing strategy which resulted in our recent publication, Free schools: the next 10 years. 

“Unity has been an integral part of NSN and the Senior Leadership Team for many years and I am personally delighted to see her take up this role. She has played a leading role in advising free school groups and has the Board’s full confidence to lead the organisation as we deliver our strategy.” 

Luke will leave NSN on 7th August.

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