Dr Kate Chhatwal Appointed Chief Executive of Challenge Partners

21 November 2017

Challenge Partners is delighted to announce that it has appointed Dr Kate Chhatwal as its Chief Executive to succeed Prof. Sir George Berwick.

A former senior civil servant at the DfE who led the delivery of the National Challenge initiative, Dr Chhatwal has extensive experience in education leadership, policy and practice. Her recent experience includes roles as Executive Director of the Southwark Teaching School Alliance, Chief Programme Officer at The Future Leaders Trust, chairing the National Ambition NPQ Alliance and lead governance consultant for Ambition School Leadership. She is a trustee of STEP Academy Trust.

Commenting on the appointment, Jon Coles, Chair of Trustees at Challenge Partners, said:

“Kate’s track record makes her the ideal choice to become Challenge Partners' Chief Executive. With over 500 member schools, Challenge Partners is a thriving network and Kate’s values, abilities and experience will take the organisation forward as we continue to grow”.

“We attracted candidates from across the sector for this role but Kate’s commitment to our values and goals and her relevant experience shone through.”

Dr Kate Chhatwal said:

“I feel privileged to have been appointed to lead an organisation whose mission of improving outcomes and reducing educational inequality is one I emphatically share. For six years, Challenge Partners has led the way in enhancing educational excellence and equity, by enabling practitioner-led upward convergence in school performance.

“I look forward to working with colleagues and partners across our network and beyond to further enhance the life chances of all children and young people, particularly the most disadvantaged.”