New Chair appointed for the board of Advantage Schools


One of the country’s most experienced and high-profile executive leaders has joined the board of Advantage Schools as Chair.

Dr Ian Campbell, currently Interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK – which takes a leading role in driving the UK’s technology and innovation strategy, will serve as the chair of the board of the Bedford-based schools group from this week.

Dr Campbell has more than 20 years of experience of executive leadership, including extensive entrepreneurial and business experience in the healthcare sector.

Dr Campbell said: “Advantage Schools is one of the country’s most innovative trusts, and I have already been impressed by both the skills and dedication of the staff, its schools and the determination of the Board to grow and keep improving.

“The Trust’s schools are the best they have ever been, and I am passionate about helping the Trust deliver a high-quality, academic and inclusive education for all children in the region.”

Advantage Schools chief executive Stuart Lock said: “Ian has had an incredibly broad range of exceptional experiences, meaning our excellent board of Trustees has been further strengthened. As the trust expands, I know that he will enhance the leadership of our Trust so that we can maintain the incredible standards at our schools and the new ones that join our family”

“Ian has particular interest in ensuring that children receive an excellent education regardless of their background – something that is central to our vision of ensuring that all children are able to acquire the knowledge that educated people take for granted – and I know he will be a strong and challenging voice in ensuring our schools exceed their obligations in this regard.”

Advantage Schools is a family of primary and secondary schools based in Bedford. This year its schools have received Good and Outstanding ratings from Ofsted, and it runs the area’s most successful secondary school.