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UK: Jo Johnson appointed non-executive chairman of Tes Global

Digital education services business Tes Global announced today that former Conservative minister Jo Johnson has been appointed as its non-executive chairman, effective 4 December.

Johnson was until recently the UK’s minister of state for universities, science, research and innovation and he is brother to British prime minister Boris Johnson. He stood down from Parliament as he disagrees with Boris about Brexit.

Johnson held a range of ministerial posts under three successive prime ministers. His previous ministerial roles included minister of state in the Cabinet Office and head of the No10 Downing Street Policy Unit. Before entering Parliament in 2010, he worked for 13 years at the Financial Times in a number of roles, including associate editor.

He is a Privy Councillor, a governor of the Ditchley Foundation, and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Tes Global said Johnson has been a prominent figure in policymaking and a champion for UK education exports for many years.

Johnson said: “The UK’s extraordinary strengths in education will be its calling card on the world stage post-Brexit and I’m delighted to be joining Tes at this exciting time in its development as a global technology platform. The world needs more, and better, teachers. Tes is a leader in helping teachers to find work, train, and be supported in the classroom, and is perfectly placed to help schools around the world to realise their ambitions. I look forward to playing a part in leading that expansion.”

Tes chief executive Rob Grimshaw added: “We’re delighted to welcome Jo to the board of Tes. As we continue our transformation into an international provider of software enabled services to schools and teachers, Jo’s insight and expertise will help us pursue our mission and commercial goals. His international perspective and experience across publishing, education and government will be an invaluable asset.”

Posted on: 29/11/2019

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