Brian Lightman was General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) from 2010 to 2016. He served as president of the association in 2007-08.
Brian was educated at Westminster City School and the University of Southampton where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in German. He also has an MA in Education from the Open University. He taught modern foreign languages for 16 years in three comprehensive schools in the South East of England before becoming headteacher of Llantwit Major School in 1995 and then headteacher of St Cyres School, a large, mixed 11-18 comprehensive in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, from 1999-2010.

Brian is acknowledged as an authority on the English and Welsh education systems. As an invited speaker he regularly contributes to seminars and conferences on education, leadership and governance and frequently appears in the media. Broad experience within the English and Welsh education systems includes extensive representation on UK and Welsh Assembly Government committees, being an external examiner and an Estyn inspector. Brian is a Patron of the National Citizen Service and serves on the boards of the Careers and Enterprise company and the PiXLEdge charity.

Brian was included in the January 2014 Debrett’s list of the 500 most inspiring and influential people in Britain today.

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