nasen announce new Chair of Trustees

News - 03 Jun 2019

We are extremely delighted to announce the appointment of Elaine Simpson as our new Chair of Trustees.

With over 30 years’ experience in UK education and children’s services, Elaine is an influential figure who has achieved positive change in how regional and national education is delivered, managed and perceived. Her career has spanned public, private and third sectors, with her last executive role being at Serco. 

Prior to joining Serco Elaine spent many years in Local Government culminating in being Chief Education Officer for Sefton in North West England. She joined Serco to run the, then failing, Walsall education services and led a dramatic turnaround in the quality of services delivered. 

Since leaving her executive roles Elaine has held a portfolio of Board roles including chairing Minerva Education, Chairing the National Children's Bureau, being Non-Executive Director for Acorn Care and Education, Non-Executive Director of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a Governor at Staffordshire University. She has also held Non-Executive roles with Orbis Education and at the request of the Secretary of State for Education established and chaired Slough Children’s Services Trust. 

Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of nasen, said: “We are delighted to welcome Elaine as Chair of Trustees here at nasen.

All our trustees play a crucial role in the leadership and governance of the charity, and I am certain that Elaine will lead and work with colleagues to ensure that nasen continues to provide effective and crucial support to education professionals everywhere.

Speaking about her new role, Elaine said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to take up the position of Chair of Trustees for nasen. The work they do not only makes a huge difference to the education sector but also helps to ensure that all children and young people with SEND can go on to develop and reach their full potential”.


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