A new CEO is in place at The Education People (TEP), ready for the company’s launch in September.
James Roberts comes with considerable experience as a teacher, head teacher and senior business manager and is looking forward to building TEP into the first port of call for professional education services.
Mr Roberts, 46, said: “I am delighted to be joining The Education People and leading the new company as we launch in September 2018. We have an expert team of dedicated, passionate professionals, who have an outstanding track record of success in improving educational outcomes for young people across Kent.
“Our aim is to become one of the leading providers of education services across the United Kingdom within five years; developing our service offer in partnership with schools and education providers so that we are dynamic and responsive to their needs.
“The surplus revenue generated through this traded activity will be reinvested to further refine and develop our services on offer to Kent schools. This is what drives us to achieve our aims – improving the life chances of all children and young people in Kent, and I have the utmost confidence in my team to deliver on this goal. I am eagerly anticipating sharing our successes with you in the near future, as we endeavour to make The Education People the first port of call for professional education services, support and products across the country.”
Before leaving to join TEP, Mr Roberts was the Director of Standards at Innoventures Education in Dubai, which manages six schools and nurseries with more than 7,700 pupils from all around the world, ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years. While in the role he raised professional standards and succeeded in expanding the business in a very competitive market place.
Prior to that role the father of five was Principal of a large vocational centre in Abu Dhabi, providing training, qualifications and the guarantee of a full-time job to all graduating students. He developed robust partnerships with local, national and multinational companies, tailoring the educational offer to meet the needs of the workforce and signing numerous memoranda of understanding in the process.
The interview panel that appointed Mr Roberts to the role was impressed with his knowledge of current developments and priorities in education in the UK and in particular in Kent.
Patrick Leeson, Chair of the Board of The Education People, said: “I am very pleased that James Roberts has now joined The Education People as the new CEO. He has a passion for education and wide experience of delivering top quality education services in a commercial context. He and his team will provide the ambitious leadership that the company needs for its success. Schools will welcome his commitment to working in partnership to continue the improvement journey in Kent.”
The Education People intends to become the first port of call for professional education services, supporting the full age range from Early Years to young adults.
More than 400 Kent County Council staff will be transferring over to TEP in time for its launch in September, which will coincide with the start of the new school year.
The website is already up and running and can be viewed here: https://www.theeducationpeople.org/