Speaker profile

Les Walton CBE

Visiting Professor
University of Sunderland,
Chair
Northern Education,
Chair
Association of Education Advisers (AoEA)

Les has vast experience as a headteacher, Director of Education and Chief Executive and Principal of an FE College.

He was appointed by Secretary of State to lead and establish the Young Peoples’ Learning Agency and to support the establishment of the Education Funding Agency. Les also conceived of and established Schools NorthEast.

He achieved Beacon status for a Metropolitan Authority with no ‘failing’ schools, led the merger of two FE Colleges which was judged as ‘exemplary’ by the DfE and transformed a failing school in an area of extreme deprivation into one that was recognised by the Secretary of State  as one of the top 200 schools in the country. The Deming UK Board described his school as ‘one of the best examples of total quality management in the UK’.

Les was identified by Who’s Who as one of ‘Britain’s Business Elite’. His approach to organisational improvement is based on the Kaizen Continuous Improvement approach.

Lord Nash has described Les Walton’s work as ‘a tale of great achievement but also of great governance’. The Yorkshire Post described him as a ‘jargon busting advocate of the shape of things to come’.

Agenda sessions

Day 1 - November 13, 2019

  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SUMMIT

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