David Blunkett has been appointed as the new Chairman of one of the largest multi-academy trusts in the country, the David Ross Education Trust.
The Trust, which sponsors local schools Charles Read Academy and Ingoldsby Academy, was established to achieve high academic standards and broaden the horizons of children and young people across the East Midlands, East of England and Yorkshire and Humberside.
Sponsor David Ross said: “When I understood that an individual of David Blunkett’s calibre was keen to work in the academy sector, engaging him was an opportunity I felt that could not be missed.
“David brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise that will significantly enhance our already strong board. He has devoted his working career to public service, has been a former Secretary of State for Education and, as an MP, represented an area that faces many of the challenges that our academies’ own communities face.
“We are very fortunate to have secured the involvement of such an inspirational and important figure.”
David Blunkett was pleased to be elected to the position. On taking up the post he said: “Education has always played a vital part of my time in public office, and my involvement in the sector is something I wanted to focus on since standing down as an MP.
“In this role I have the opportunity to help shape policy and collaborative improvement and directly impact on the education of over 10,000 young people.”
David Ross added: “I will continue to play a key role in my education trust as sponsor. David Blunkett’s appointment will strengthen our ability to become the leading academy chain in the country.”
For more information about the trust, visit www.dret.co.uk