Paul Burger to step down as Chair of Governors of The BRIT School
After six years in the position, Paul Burger has decided to step down as Chair of Governors at The BRIT School. This will formally take effect at the end of his current term which coincides with the end of this academic year in July.
Paul was appointed a Governor of the School in 2011 and was elected Chair of the Governing Body in 2012. He is currently Chair of the Personnel Committee and is a member of the Finance & Audit and PR/Marketing Committees, as well as the Fundraising Steering Group. He will continue as a Governor.
As Chairman, he has overseen 2 OFSTED inspections – maintaining a Good rating, while in 2017 the School achieved the best set of vocational results in its 26-year history as well as one of its most impressive sets of academic results. At the same time, for the fifth year consecutively, 99% of its students went into further and higher education, employment or training.
The School has undergone extensive change in the time of his chairmanship including:
- expansion from 950 students to its current 1300
- the introduction of an entire new leadership team and structure
- the creation of an Interactive Digital Design course
- the creation of need-based travel bursaries to ensure all students can participate in international trips regardless of personal financial situation
- the evolution of the governing body to more closely reflect the diversity and gender demographics of the student body
- developing new revenue streams by expanding the BRIT Kids programme
Paul has also overseen the introduction of a fund-raising team that has currently raised over £1 million, and spearheaded the recruitment of a Communications Director responsible for marketing and all external liaison.
Paul Burger said, “When I was initially approached about taking on this important role, I had no idea how fulfilling and challenging a project this would be. Having overseen such a successful change in the School’s senior leadership team, adapting the curriculum offering and dealing with the School’s expansion, I feel it is time to allow fresh leadership to help take the School to the next level. I am delighted David Carter has agreed to take on this role and I know that, with Stuart Worden firmly at the helm as Principal, they will continue to face the myriad challenges ahead and I look forward to continuing to support this very special School. It is more important than ever that we continue to provide a well-balanced education for all our students so that we can continue to prepare the future stars of the performing, creative and digital arts world that will continue to drive our creative economy.”
His successor, David Carter, is currently Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee. A Chartered Accountant by profession, David was appointed a Governor of the School in 2010. He previously worked for ICI PLC and has sat on the Boards of the Almeida Theatre and Kingston University.
Stuart Worden, Principal, The BRIT School said,” Paul has been dedicated to the School and his approach mirrors what we expect from our students – hardworking, positive, innovative and fun. He has helped steer us over the last six years and the staff and students owe him much in terms of the direction in which he has taken us and the success we have achieved. I am really pleased that he will be staying on as a Governor as his ‘True BRIT’ approach will be part of our future success”.