Press release

Mike Cladingbowl to leave Ofsted National Director post

Ofsted’s National Director Mike Cladingbowl to leave the post of National Director of Inspection Reform on 1 January 2015.

Michael Cladingbowl will be leaving Ofsted to become the executive principal of a new multi-academy trust, Ofsted announced today.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said:

Mike has made a fantastic contribution to Ofsted for over 12 years. In that time, he has held a number of very senior positions within the organisation, including being one of the pioneering Regional Directors in the North-West. A man of ideas, Mike has played a key role in shaping the future operating model for inspection as well as the way the routine inspection of good schools will be organised from September 2015.

He will be much missed but I know how much he is looking forward to using the experience he has gained at Ofsted to lead an important multi-academy trust in the north-west of England to further success.

Mike will leave Ofsted at the end of December 2014 but will continue to work on the consultation arrangements for the new inspection frameworks. I would like to put on record my deep appreciation for the support he has given me in my time as Chief Inspector.

Michael Cladingbowl said:

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my national role with Ofsted and being able to make a real difference to education standards in England over the last 12 years. I will be leaving an organisation whose standing and influence under Sir Michael’s leadership has never been higher.

But this is the right time for me to be taking on a new challenge. I’m very excited to be returning to my roots in Cheshire and being more directly involved in making a difference in schools. Before that, I still have a big job to do steering through Ofsted’s forthcoming consultation on the future of education inspection.

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Published 25 September 2014