New Director for Education makes welcome return to Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire’s new Service Director for Education has shared his vision for the county’s schools as he begins his new role in the county. 

Jonathan Lewis will work in a shared role for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council after taking over from Director of Learning Keith Grimwade, who retired at the end of 2017 after 37 years in education.

Mr Lewis makes a welcome return to local government having previously worked for the Department of Education as the Deputy Director for the East of England’s Regional Schools Commissioner after a short stint as the Assistant Director of Learning Skills and Education at Northamptonshire County Council in 2015.

He is also is a well-known face at Peterborough City Council where he worked in a number of roles from 2007-2015 including Service Director for Education and before that spent seven years at Cambridgeshire County Council working on education issues.

Mr Lewis said: “I am very pleased to be returning to local government and am looking forward to injecting my ideas, pace, energy and enthusiasm into driving forward improvement in our schools. I am keen to be part of the journey to improve education for all children and young people.

“I want to bring schools together and help develop a clear vision for how we improve standards across our schools. We need a strong school-led system which is responsive to changes in Education and in meeting the needs of children and young people in our schools. Having grown my career here, I am passionate about Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and want to make sure every child has a great education.”

Jonathan Lewis, Cambridgeshire’s new Service Director for Education