Foundation Gets New Chairman

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BUSINESS leader and schools sponsor Sir Peter Vardy has appointed a new chairman to lead the next phase of growth for his educational foundation.

Sir Peter's elder brother, David Vardy, the Emmanuel Schools Foundation's project director, has agreed to become chairman.

Mr Vardy has led the development of Durham-based ESF's four schools to date beginning with Emmanuel College in Gateshead, which he took from concept to completion 20 years ago and is now the North East's top state secondary school for GCSEs.

He was involved in the early discussions with Middlesbrough Council and the then Department for Education and Skills over the development of The King's Academy in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, in 2003 and led a team of professionals in the design, construction of the building and the supply and fitting of equipment and teaching supplies. He held a similar role in the development of Trinity Academy at Thorne, near Doncaster, which opened in 2005.

Most recently he was project director of the pounds 45m Bede Academy, a unique concept for ESF as a 3-18 school on two sites in Blyth, Northumberland, which opened last September.

David also serves on the boards of a number of national and international Christian charities. Together with David Wootton, ESF's new chief executive who last month joined from Grace Foundation where he was executive principal of three Academies in the West Midlands, Sir Peter said a strong partnership was now in place to take the Foundation forward.

He said: "I am delighted that David has agreed to take over from me as chairman of the Foundation to lead our next phase of growth. …