Brian Edwards is a former Director of Education in Gateshead and Northumberland and is a past Chair of the Association of Chief Education Officers. He is now retired, having had a long career teaching in disadvantaged inner-city secondary schools in the West Midlands, then moving into education management in local government.

He was a Regional Children’s Services Advisor for the Department for Education, being very much involved in the introduction and development of Children’s Services nationally and in the North East. He is an Associate Member of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and Director of Educare Consultancy Services Limited.

He is a very active grandparent, with direct experience of providing childcare, and is committed to improving the life chances of children through collaboration and teamwork.