Education charity names three new trustees

24 September 2020

Services For Education has appointed three additional trustees as part of its bid to deliver a new, strategic plan by 2025.

The charity, which employs more than 200 people and uses learning and music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities, has appointed three well-known and well-connected figures to join its existing board of five.

The three new trustees are David Bolton, head of Tax and Treasury International for Cardtronics;  Paul Davies, the BAFTA nominated and Royal Television Society winning television and digital producer, and Clive Stone DL (pictured),  CEO of LCS Professional Services Ltd and former  chairman and CEO of a leading Midlands’ catering and events company.

Established in 2012, Services For Education is part-funded by the Arts Council, England, and includes the Music Service, one of the largest in the country that teaches music to 38,000 children in Birmingham, and the School Support Service which provides expert and professional training and development to teaching and support staff in 570 schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands. 

“These new appointments bring further extensive commercial and creative expertise to our board.

"Each of our new trustees shares a passion for seeing lives transformed through education and all have previously shown a real and committed interest in our work and in our future,” said Martin Chitty, a trustee and chair of Services For Education and a partner at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.

Sharon Bell, chief executive at Services For Education, said the recruitment process started prior to the pandemic but the new appointments were timely in supporting the organisation as it continues to respond to the significant changes to the environment in which it operates and the ‘new normal’.

“We have already implemented a programme to re-engineer our business model.

"Although much of our work in recent months has been to ensure that school children can still benefit from music lessons and take part in performances, and that teachers and support staff can participate virtually in our training courses, we are now implementing our ‘Emerging Stronger’ recovery plan. We look forward to our new trustees bringing their expertise to enable that recovery to continue,” said Sharon.

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