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New trustee for Inspiration

Published on 14/12/18

One of the country's most experienced education leaders has joined the board of the Inspiration Trust.

Professor Colin Diamond, currently professor of educational leadership at the University of Birmingham, will serve as a trustee of the Norwich-based schools group from today.

Prof Diamond has more than 40 years of educational experience, including as director of education in Somerset and Birmingham, and as head education adviser for the Department for Education. 

His dedication to education was recognised in 2016, being made a CBE in the Queen's 90th birthday honours.

Prof Diamond said: "The Inspiration Trust is one of the country's leading trusts, and I have already been impressed by both the skills and dedication of its staff in schools and the determination of the board to keep improving.

"The Trust has schools in both urban and rural areas, including some of the most deprived wards in the country, and I am passionate about helping it deliver a really inclusive education for all children in East Anglia."

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "Colin has an impressively broad range of experience, from working in maintained schools and local authorities to ensuring high quality in the early waves of free schools and academies.

"He has particular interest in ensuring that children receive an excellent education regardless of their background - a central belief for the Inspiration Trust - and I know he will be a strong and challenging voice in ensuring our schools exceed their obligations around inclusion."

Prof Diamond replaces John Hodgson, who is stepping down as a trustee after four years on the board. 

The Inspiration Trust is a family of 13 schools across Norfolk and north Suffolk, ranging from nursery to sixth form. It has twice been ranked the country's top comprehensive schools group for pupil progress to GCSE.