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Welcome to our new Director of Education

A very warm welcome to Sue Riley who joins the ESU team this month as Director of Education, following an initial period as ESU oracy consultant. Sue brings over 20 years’ experience in senior charity roles (including 15 as a CEO within education) and of working in membership organisations. Coupled with time as an independent consultant, public affairs and communications lead she has brought a wide range of educational services to schools.

Speaking of her appointment Sue said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the team at the ESU. It is a critical time for education and our charity has a pivotal role to play in helping young people find their voice. Our focus in the coming months will be to strengthen our school offer, ensuring that it “meets schools where they are now” all the while building on the strength of our existing debating and public speaking programmes and extending their reach to more communities. I am very much looking forward to working with our volunteers, branches and alumni who play such a key role in our programmes, and of extending meaningful partnerships with other charities and organisations.’

‘The ESU is delighted to welcome Sue Riley as its Director of Education,’ says Jane Easton, Director-General. ‘The access to oracy education that the ESU can offer will be strengthened further by Sue’s deep understanding of the needs of schools and teachers, and her commitment to partnership working.’


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