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LSIS chief steps aside for a sector champion

Roger McClure stepped down as chief executive of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) yesterday.

LSIS was formed in October last year through the transfer of assets from the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) and the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA). As a sector-led organisation, it focuses on the development of the further education and skills sector.

In the face of anticipated funding cuts from 2010-11, Mr McClure and the LSIS Board felt the organisation needed to be "led by someone from the sector, steeped in current professional practice" as it undertakes the next phase of its development.

"The Board is very grateful to Roger for finalising the complex LSIS merger, for his part in establishing its future strategic direction, and for his hard work and commitment to ensuring that LSIS met its demanding financial and performance targets during its first year. We wish him well for the future," said Dame Ruth Silver, LSIS Chair.

Mr McClure commented: "The creation of LSIS provided challenges for all concerned. The achievements of its first year reflect the remarkable hard work and determination of its staff to forge together a significant force for development in the learning and skills sector.

"I wish all my colleagues every success with the changes ahead while ensuring that LSIS meets the needs of our very important sector."

Last week, LSIS announced the first of its sector-led Council elections. Thirty new members will be elected from within the constituent members of The Single Voice, which represents the sector in regulatory matters with the Government.

The new Council will also take part in a performance review panel to evaluate LSIS on a quarterly basis. Nominated candidates for each constituent member of The Single Voice will be posted on the LSIS web site tomorrow.

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