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Sir Michael Wilshaw

(Elected 2018)

Sir Michael was the chief inspector of schools in England in his role as head of Ofsted – the body which oversees the standard of schools – from 2012 to 2016.

While working as a teacher at various schools in London, he studied part-time for a degree in History and Politics at Birkbeck, graduating in 1972. Sir Michael secured his first head teacher role at the age of 39, displaying a flair for turning around the fortunes of a once failing school, St Bonaventure's in Forest Gate, which went on to become an outstanding institution. After an 18-year association with St Bon's, he became principal of Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, transforming it from what was seen as Britain's worst-performing school to one of the best, putting many pupils on track to Oxbridge. Additionally, between 1998 and 2009 he was appointed executive principal of three London schools to revitalise them after they were put in 'special measures'.

Prior to his role in charge of Ofsted, Sir Michael was also director of education at ARK Schools, a large multi-academy trust. He is a Freeman of the City of London and was knighted for services to education in 2000.