Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield and former chairman of the House of Commons Education Committee, will chair a new Education Advisory Group, set up by the Sutton Trust to help shape their future research and programmes.

He will lead a group of twelve from across the education sphere, representing the Trust’s range of research and programme partners, including state and independent school and college heads, a university vice-chancellor, eminent academics, top civil servants, major graduate recruiters and an alumnus from a Sutton Trust summer school.

The Sutton Trust Education Advisory Group will meet twice a year to review the strategic plan for the Trust and use their experience to add suggestions on where it should improve and on issues or activities with which the Trust might engage.

Members of the Education Advisory Group are:

  • Joanna Bailey, principal of Stockton Sixth-Form College
  • Jon Beard, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Head of the Cambridge Admissions Office at University of Cambridge
  • Dame Yasmin Bevan, former Chief Executive and Executive Principal of the Chiltern Learning Trust and Headteacher of Denbigh High School in Luton
  • John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham
  • Jane Clark, Group Head of Graduate Resourcing and Graduate Development at Barclays
  • Naomi Eisenstadt, Senior Research Fellow at University of Oxford
  • Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
  • Dame Sue John, secondary Director of the London Leadership Strategy and former headteacher of the Lampton School in Hounslow
  • Ann Mroz, Editor of the Times Educational Supplement
  • Ricky Roy, an alumnus of the Sutton Trust Summer School
  • Peter Tymms, Professor of Education at the School of Education, Durham University Professor
  • Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge

Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation, said today:

I’m delighted that Barry Sheerman, as a distinguished chair of the Education Select Committee for nearly a decade, has agreed to chair our new advisory group. A champion of social mobility through education, his leadership and experience will be much valued by the Trust and the members of the group. As the Trust approaches its 20th anniversary in 2017, the new group will play an important role helping shape our future.

Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield, said today:

“The Sutton Trust, through their programmes, research and policy work, has pushed social mobility to the top of the political agenda, benefiting thousands of young people and shaping the education debate in the process. I’m looking forward to working with the 12 members of the group – their impressive and varied experiences will help make sure the work of the Trust remains as effective and important as ever.”

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  1. The Sutton Trust is a foundation set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education. It has published over 160 research studies and funded and evaluated programmes that have helped hundreds of thousands of young people of all ages, from early years through to access to the professions.
  2. Barry Sheerman is the MP for Huddersfield and a former Chair of the House of Commons Education Committee. He was the opposition spokesperson for Education and Employment from 1983-1988, served as Vice-chairman of the all-party group on universities and co-chairs the Policy Connect Skills Commission into further education and skills policy. Barry was a lecturer at University College of Wales, Swansea, for 13 years, and has been a governor of the London School of Economics since 1995.


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