Former Secretary of State for Education David Blunkett has been appointed as chairman of an academy trust which runs a number of schools across Northamptonshire.
David Ross, owner of the David Ross Education Trust, which is responsible for the education of more than 10,000 young people across the UK, said the trust chose the former Labour MP because of his “calibre” and “wealth of expertise”.
He said: “When I understood that an individual of David Blunkett’s calibre was keen to work in the academy sector, engaging him was an opportunity I felt could not be missed.
“David brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise that will significantly enhance our already strong board.
“He has devoted his working career to public service, has been a former Secretary of State for Education and, as an MP, represented an area that faces many of the challenges that our academies’ own communities face.
“We are very fortunate to have secured the involvement of such an inspirational and important figure.”
The Sheffield-born politician has also acted as Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, since beginning his political career in 1970.
During his time as Secretary of State for Education and Employment he oversaw the introduction of SureStart, the Government scheme to provide specific services for families with pre-school children.
He stood down as an MP at the 2010 General Election.
Following his appointment with the David Ross trust, he said: “Education has always played a vital part of my time in public office, and my involvement in the sector is something I wanted to focus on since standing down as an MP.
“In this role I have the opportunity to help shape policy and collaborative improvement and directly impact on the education of over 10,000 young people.”
Mr Ross added: “I will continue to play a key role in my education trust as sponsor.
“David Blunkett’s appointment will strengthen our ability to become the leading academy chain in the country.”
For more information about the trust, visit www.dret.co.uk.