Jon Coles is Chief
Executive of United Learning, a group of 86 academies and independent schools established
130 years ago.
Jon spent 15 years
at the Department for Education and its predecessors, the last four on its Board
as Director General for Schools and for Education Standards. He was previously
Director of 14-19, leading work to increase participation and attainment
post-16; and Director of London Challenge, developing and implementing the much-copied
strategy to improve schools in London.
He co-founded, for 10 years chaired and
is now Honorary President of Challenge Partners.