The trustees of New Schools Network today announced that David Ross, who co-founded the Carphone Warehouse and is the sponsor of an academy trust that has 33 schools in its network, has been appointed as Chair of Trustees at New Schools Network.
David Ross said:
“I am very proud to have been appointed Chair of Trustees at New Schools Network. I feel passionately that improving education is the single most powerful way we can invest in the future of our country.
“NSN has a crucial role to play in helping to drive up educational standards by bringing new and innovative school founders into the system. I am particularly interested in trying to increase the role entrepreneurs and business people like myself can play in shaping and supporting new schools and sponsoring academies.”
Geoffrey Owen, Acting Chair of Trustees said:
“We were very impressed with David’s commitment to improving education. Not only has he directly led an academy trust but his wide-ranging business expertise will be hugely beneficially as NSN grows and expands in the coming years.
Notes to editors
David Ross qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. He co-founded The Carphone Warehouse Group plc in 1991 and has also been involved in leading many other public and private companies. David is passionate about developing educational opportunities for young people and established the David Ross Foundation, which currently sponsors 33 academies in Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and the Humber Region. David is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and on the Board of the British Olympic Association.
New Schools Network is a charity that works to improve the quality of education in England by helping to get more free schools set up. NSN has worked with more than seventy per cent of the free schools that have opened or been approved. We want to help any group with a clear vision, a coherent education plan, a strong team and support from local parents to set up a free school. In particular, we want to help people to get up free schools in parts of the country where the quality of existing local schools is not good enough. NSN’s director is Nick Timothy. Nick is a former special adviser to the Home Secretary, Theresa May. Prior to that he was Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department and a Policy Adviser at the Association of British Insurers. He is a trustee of PACT (Parents and Abducted Children Together) and for the last few years he has mentored young students in his spare time.