Liz is a career civil servant and has been working in the Department for Education for almost ten years, based in their offices in Manchester. Prior to that Liz was a European Civil Servant, working a on a variety of topics, including international trade negotiations.
Liz’s current role is as Head of Delivery for the Blackpool and Oldham Opportunity Areas. This is an exciting programme which aims to promote social mobility in twelve of the most deprived areas of England. In this role, she manages two teams split over four sites and a budget of approximately £15 million pounds. One of the attractions of the role is that it covers the entire span of the Department for Education’s remit, from early years and children’s social care to post-16 provision. The focus is on using evidence-based practice to help the most disadvantaged children and young people to achieve their full potential.
Before joining the Opportunity Area Programme, Liz worked as Head of Office for the Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire. This gave me her an in depth insight into the academies programme, including DfE’s oversight of academies.
Prior to that Liz managed teams within the department’s Free Schools Programme.