Les works at a strategic level supporting the establishment and development of education corporations. He works with multi-academy trust boards, school governing bodies and local education authorities, in a non-executive or mentoring role, advising on change management and board effectiveness.
Les has vast experience as a headteacher, director of education and chief executive and principal of an FE College. He has been asked to lead major change programmes, including the reorganisation of a school system within a metropolitan borough, the outsourcing of an education service within a large district council, the merger of further education colleges and the establishment of a large multi-academy trust. He initiated and founded Schools NorthEast.
He has also operated at a national level, appointed by Secretary of State, Ed Balls, to lead and establish the Young People’s Learning Agency and then subsequently asked by Secretary of State, Michael Gove, to support the establishment of the Education Funding Agency. He currently chairs the National Chairs Advisory Group, Northern Education Trust and the Association of Education Advisers.
Lord Nash has described Les Walton’s work as a ‘tale of great achievement, but also of great governance.’