Movers & Shakers, Politics

Movers & Shakers: Who’s new this week?

Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

Kim Walton, Principal, Astrea Academy Sheffield

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Principal, Moor End Academy
Interesting fact: Kim plays six musical instruments: clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, flute, saxophone and violin.


Alan Bird, Headteacher, City of London School

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Deputy head, Brighton College
Interesting fact: When Alan was younger, he benefited from a means-tested bursary to allow him to attend an independent boys’ day school in Guildford.


Ben Spinks, CEO, Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Local government market director, Capita Transformation
Interesting fact: The day after he had his interview for the role, Ben hopped on a plane to New York where he ran a marathon in three hours, 50 minutes and 14 seconds.


Gail Stonier, Headteacher, Ecclesfield School

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Principal, Future Tech Studio School
Interesting fact: Gail enjoys diving with sharks as an advanced PADI diver with a search and rescue qualification.


Des Bird, Headteacher, Workington Academy

Start date: April 2018
Previous job: Headteacher, Richard Rose Morton Academy
Interesting fact: Des is a keen follower of horseracing and likes to cook in his spare time.


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