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Colin Diamond appointed interim Birmingham council education director

Colin Diamond appointed interim Birmingham council education director

🕔21.Apr 2015

Birmingham city council has appointed a new education director in another top-job shake up at the local authority.

Colin Diamond will become the interim post-holder with immediate effect and replaces Sally Taylor whose departure was announced in March.

The appointment is the latest example of change at the top of the council organisation since Sarah Homer became interim service delivery director in January with a remit to deliver reforms demanded in the Kerslake Review.

Mr Diamond was deputy education commissioner at the city council, working under Sir Mike Tomlinson who remains education commissioner with a remit to improve Birmingham schools following the Trojan Horse affair.

In a statement released today the council said:

Following the announcement of Sally Taylor’s decision to leave the Council at the end of this term, we are able to announce today that we have been able to secure an interim service contract with Colin Diamond.

Colin will become interim executive director education with immediate effect and will work with the Council until a substantive post holder is appointed. Our plan at the moment is to advertise in October.

Alongside Colin’s substantial experience in education, the agreement reached with Colin is also based on his time here as Deputy Commissioner. Colin is obviously very familiar with the issues facing the City and the progress made on our action plan.

Part of Colin’s role meant that he has been providing support to the academies at the heart of the Trojan Horse claims. The DfE have agreed to appoint the council as its agent so that Colin can continue to provide this support.

We are delighted to have Colin working with us and are confident that he will support the continued improvement of the council and its services to children. The improvement plan that cabinet agreed has assumed savings from that review which are vital to our stability.

Colin and Sally will start the handover of schools work this week as Sally is going to provide the necessary support and senior leadership to the early years review which was approved by the cabinet yesterday.

Mr Diamond is a former director of children and young people’s services at North Somerset council and was head of academy education advisers at the Department for Education from 2011 to 2014.

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