Director of Academies retires

Staff at the YPLA said a fond farewell to Neil Flint, Director of Academies, who retired on 31 January. Neil was one of the architects of the original Academies programme which he has worked on for the past 10 years.

At the YPLA he was a key figure in establishing our role with Academies, overseeing a huge increase in their number and a rapid build up in our staffing and systems to help us fulfil this vital part of our remit. We wish Neil a long and happy retirement.

Neilís successor is Sue Baldwin who took up her position on 16 January. Sue joined the YPLA in April 2011 as National Director for Young People.

Prior to that, Sue was Director for Young People's Funding in the Department for Education, where she was responsible for post-16 funding and learner support. Sue also continues in her role of setting up the Education Funding Agency as part of the Government's Arms Length Body reform programme, and in response to the 2010 Education White Paper.

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