Ian Comfort

Ian Comfort began his career as a Maths teacher and youth worker.
Ian has over 20 years executive level experience in the leadership and direction of education services. Supporting a range of sponsors involved in the England academy programme. International experience in strategic education reform programmes.

Ian is a practising lawyer chairing regulatory tribunals. He is also an experienced non-executive director involved in start-ups and organisational reform.

Ian’s Specialties:
• Development and management of charities, schools and academies
• School improvement
• School reform programmes
• Education law and policy
• Regulatory law
• Governance
• Government liaison
• HR and employment law
• Union negotiation
• Infrastructure development

Ian’s wealth of experience includes:

• Member of Investigating Committee
Member of Committee responsible for investigating complaints and concerns about accountants in England and Wales.
• Chair – Cognus Limited
Chair and non-executive director of school services company managing all education services for the London Borough of Sutton.
• The Nursing and Midwifery Council
Chair – Investigating Committee
Independent chair of panel responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct or fitness to practise for nurses and midwives registered in the UK.

Chair Registration Appeals Committee
Independent Chair of Registration Appeals Panel responsible for hearing appeals against the decision of the NMC Registrar
• Chair – Fitness to Practice Tribunal – The Health Care Professionals Council
Independent chair of fitness to practise panel for the regulatory body responsible for arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists.
• Group Chief Executive – Academies Enterprise Trust
Group Chief Executive for a group of companies responsible for 67 schools in England with an annual turnover of over £250 million and employing around 7000 staff.
• Group Secretary and General Council – Academies Enterprise Trust
Responsible for legal services across AET group
• Managing Director – Latreille Ltd
Owner and Director of company providing advice, support and direction to a broad range of government programmes both UK and international
• Advisor – Mayor of London – Greater London Authority
Advice to GLA and Mayor of London on education and academies programme
• Programme Director – Trust Schools Malaysia
Advice and direction for school reform programme led by Khazanah Nasional for Malaysian Government
• Chief Executive – Edutrust Academy Trust
Responsible to the Board for the setting up, direction and leadership of a new company to manage a number of education initiatives and Academies.
• Chief Operating – Officer – Ark
A member of the senior management team responsible for the setting up of a new academy trust. Responsible for the oversight and delivery of all academy projects and for the corporate infrastructure in relation to key functions.
• Chief Education Officer – City of London
Responsible for the strategic and operational direction of education policy and services for the City of London. Advisor to the Lord Mayor of London and City livery companies. A member of senior strategy team responsible for economic development
• Director of Community Education – Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea