West Midlands RSC Christine Quinn to retire

Christine Quinn, the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands, is to retire at the end of this year, after just over two years in the role.

Announcing her departure plans on twitter Today, Quinn said the privilege of serving as RSC for the region as her last full time role is “one I could not have foreseen or imagined”, and said she had “enjoyed it and learned a great deal”.

A former English teacher, head and later chief executive of the Ninestiles Academy Trust, Quinn was appointed to the RSC role on October 3, 2016. She replaced Pank Patel, who left to become the principal of an academy in his patch.

“I feel the RSC WM team and I have built on the work started by Pank and his much smaller band, and improved the service to our MATs (multi-academy trusts), academies and schools, to the benefit of pupils and students in the west midlands,” said Quinn.

She said she had “worked hard” to strengthen the Department for Education’s relationship with other stakeholders, specifically local authorities and dioceses.

“I have tried to bring an honest to the recognition of our different roles in the system, alongside an acknowledgement of our desire to achieve similar outcomes. There is still much to do, but I am confident the next RSC will be starting from a strong position.”