Ilse Howling appointed Chair of Trustees

Education Development Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Ilse Howling as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Ilse comes to Education Development Trust having been Chair of the Board of Trustees at Unicef UK, former chief executive at Freeview and lead of the BBC's public education programme about digital technology.

Patrick Brazier, Chief Executive at Education Development Trust: 'We are delighted to have found such an exceptional candidate for this key role. We have an ambitious strategy to build on our experience and reputation to become world-leading in the improvement of school systems at scale and the provision of employability and careers services. Ilse's own expertise, her impressive leadership skills and passionate belief in the power of education to transform lives mean that she will be a great asset to Education Development Trust at this important time for us as an organisation. I very much look forward to working with her.'

Supporting Education Development Trust's mission

Ilse adds: 'I am excited to be able to help Education Development Trust continue to make an impact on lives around the world. I am a passionate supporter of the organisation's mission; for the last 18 months I have led A-level teaching of world development at a sixth form college fulfilling a lifelong ambition to teach. This role at Education Development Trust is a fantastic opportunity for me to apply my wealth of expertise and experience alongside my fellow trustees and the very able leadership team.'

Ilse replaces Philip Graf who will stand down on 1 November 2018 having served 7 years as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Education Development Trust. Philip has expertly overseen significant change working with three chief executives as well as a name change from CfBT Education Trust to Education Development Trust. Patrick adds: 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank Philip, both personally and on behalf of the organisation. He truly excelled in his role as chair and demonstrated strong and supportive leadership throughout his tenure. His contribution to the organisation is significant and he is handing over a hugely positive legacy to Ilse.'