Sir Kevan Collins to step down as Chief Executive at the Education Endowment Foundation

Sir Kevan Collins has announced his intention to step down as the EEF’s Chief Executive. 

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After eight years leading the EEF and more than 15 years occupying significant leadership roles across the English education system, Kevan has decided to stop working full time. He will remain in the post full-time until August, and then move to a part time basis to support the transition to a new Chief Executive.

Sir Peter Lampl, the Chairman of the Sutton Trust and EEF said: 

“Under Kevan’s leadership, the EEF has become a widely respected and influential organisation within the UK and globally. Not only has it funded and evaluated high potential programmes that have reached hundreds of thousands of young people, it has also put evidence firmly on the agenda of teachers, headteachers and policy makers. 

"The EEF is in a great position for a new CEO to take it forward and Kevan will help with that important transition. We wish Kevan the very best for his future projects – and some well-deserved time off.”

Sir Kevan Collins said:

"I leave the EEF with a strong sense of pride and gratitude. I’m proud of what we have achieved and that we are making a significant difference by bringing evidence to inform and support teachers and school leaders as they strive to deliver the very best education for all children in our schools.

"I will always be grateful for the trust Sir Peter and the EEF Board placed in me when they asked me to lead the EEF, and for their support and guidance over the last eight years. It’s been my good fortune to work with a team of brilliant and dedicated people. Together we have built an organisation that is trusted, well regarded and strategically well-positioned to continue its vital work.

"There is much more to do to tackle the educational disadvantage that scars our education system and denies the potential of so many children. However, through the work of the EEF we have helped to illuminate the issue and identify approaches that make a real difference.

"I have every confidence that the organisation will continue to thrive in the coming years. I leave to pursue a range of education related interests and plan to continue working with early years practitioners, teachers and school leaders around the world. I am particularly excited about using evidence to develop the potential of technology to transform learning and teaching."