Dr. Paul Gray
Exeter Diocesan Education Network

Paul was Deputy Chief Education Officer for Devon between 1990 and 1996. He went on to be CEO and Director of Children’s services for Surrey for the following decade. Surrey set up the UK’s first integrated children’s service and also the first public/private partnership for school support services. Paul had many national roles including Chair of the influential QCA Curriculum Committee. He was Lord Dearing’s personal adviser on Education and Social Care.

In 2006 he was invited to be part of the then Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and led interventions in underperforming Councils.

He is a senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has been a Visiting Professor and in 2004 was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London for services to education. Prior to that he was a senior officer in Cambridgeshire and developed the Local Management of Schools. Previously he was an academic,
teacher and college Vice-Principal.

He is mostly retired and devotes himself to voluntary and charitable work. Amongst other things he is
Chair of the Exeter Council for Voluntary Service.


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