Jon Coles is the Chair of Trustees of Challenge Partners. Jon spent much of his career in the Department for Education, including four years on the Board as Director General for Schools and then Director General for Education Standards. He led work to raise participation post-16 and attainment at 19 and reduce NEET numbers. As Director of London Challenge, Jon was responsible for developing and implementing the strategy to improve secondary education in London, which also led to similar approaches in other parts of the country.
Jon has been responsible for various Green and White Papers and for taking the 2002 Education Act through Parliament.