Dr Elizabeth Sidwell is an educational strategist and consultant with over 30 years’ experience as an educationalist in both the private and state independent sectors. Appointed to the post of Schools Commissioner for England at the Department for Education by the Secretary of State in May 2011 for a fixed two-year term, Dr Sidwell’s task was to raise standards, tackle underperformance and champion the growth of Academies, Academy sponsors and Free Schools. A School Governor and Trustee, a Trustee of Chigwell Riding Trust (RDA), a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, in June 2009 Elizabeth Sidwell was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to local and national education. Dr Sidwell’s aim is to ensure every young person attends a ‘good’ school where they can fulfil their potential and follow a valued pathway into Higher or Further Education or Apprenticeship.