The trustees of New Schools Network today announced that Nick Timothy, former Special Adviser to the Home Secretary, has been appointed as Director of New Schools Network and will take up the role full-time later this summer.
Geoffrey Owen, New Schools Network Trustee said:
“We were very impressed with Nick’s strategic insight and passion for improving education. As the free school programme expands, he will bring wide operational and campaigning experience to the organisation, driving the creation of new schools to raise standards for thousands more students.”
Nick Timothy said:
“The opportunity to go to a good school changed my life, but not every child is so fortunate. That’s why free schools are so important: they are driving up standards and bringing diversity, competition and innovation to the education system.
“NSN has a hugely important role to play in the next five years, campaigning to make the case for free schools and helping to set up another 500 new schools. I can’t wait to get to work with the passionate parents, teachers, charities and community activists whose efforts have already delivered hundreds of free schools.”
The trustees also confirmed that, in light of her appointment to Number 10, NSN founder Rachel Wolf will be stepping down as Chair of Trustees. She said:
“I have been with NSN as its director and then chair since 2009. I am proud it has grown from an idea to an organisation delivering change across the country. I am sad to be stepping down, but delighted to see a superb new Director appointed before I go.”
Notes to editors
Nick Timothy 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.
Rachel Wolf founded New Schools Network in 2009 and was its director until 2013. She was previously an education policy adviser to Michael Gove. Most recently she was senior vice-president of content for Amplify Learning.