Press release

New members appointed to the School Teachers’ Review Body

Peter Batley, Debbie Meech and Jonathan Crossley-Holland have been appointed to serve as members of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) for three years from 1 November 2012.

Peter Batley, Debbie Meech and Jonathan Crossley-Holland have been appointed to serve as members of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) for three years from 1 November 2012.

The STRB provides independent advice to the government on pay and conditions for just under half-a-million teachers and school leaders in England and Wales.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said:

I am pleased to announce these appointments to the School Teachers’ Review Body. I hope they will make a valuable contribution to the work of the STRB.

Dame Patricia Hodgson, Chair of the STRB, said:

I am delighted to welcome Peter, Debbie and Jonathan to the Review Body. Together, they bring a wide breadth of knowledge and experience that will assist the Review Body in its important work considering teachers’ pay and conditions.

Notes for editors

  1. This press notice relates to England and Wales.

  2. The appointment process was run in accordance with the code of practice issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) and was made on merit: political activity played no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations and the code of practice, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared), and other information, to be made public.

Name Term of office Political activity declared Remuneration Other public appointments
Peter Batley Three years None £300 per day approximately 25 days per year None
Debbie Meech Three years None £300 per day, approximately 25 days per year None
Jonathan Crossley-Holland Three years None £300 per day approximately 25 days per year None
  1. The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) considers aspects of teachers’ pay and conditions for just under half a million teachers and school leaders in England and Wales. Its work has a direct impact on teachers and head teachers and through them on the education of children. The STRB was established under the terms of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Act 1991 (as replaced by the Education Act 2002). It is a statutory independent advisory body. Its function is to consider matters referred to it by the Secretary of State for Education in relation to the remuneration, professional duties or working time of school teachers and to report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State.

  2. Biographies of the new members:

  • Peter Batley graduated in Computer Engineering from Manchester University in 1982 and has worked in the transportation and security industry for 30 years. For the past ten years, Peter has held senior executive positions in several businesses. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Railway Signalling.

  • Debbie Meech graduated from Exeter University with a BA in Law & Sociology. She went on to Bath University to gain a MSc in Industrial Relations where she researched and wrote her thesis on equal pay. Debbie has over 28 years experience in reward and human resources management. From 1998 to 2004 she was the HR Director for Freeserve plc, the first FTSE 100 internet company, where she developed their award winning innovative remuneration strategy. Until March 2012, she was the Group People Director for Cable & Wireless Worldwide.

  • Jonathan Crossley-Holland was Director of Children’s Services for Sheffield City Council, from 1996 for 12 years; eight years with responsibility for education and in the latter four years with responsibility for all the Council’s Children and Young People’s Services. From 2008, he was the Director of Strategy for Tribal’s Children’s Services. Since June 2011, Jonathan has been an independent consultant to the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) as well as individual local authorities and other groups in developing a self-sustaining whole system school improvement.

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