18 October 2016


Message from the Chairman

ISI Chairman, Peter Williamson, today announced that Christine Ryan has tendered her resignation as Chief Inspector. In her message, Christine said, “After more than eleven rewarding and fulfilling years, I have decided to step down from my role as Chief Inspector. I have thoroughly enjoyed working at ISI and am proud of what has been achieved but it is time for me to move on and try something new.” 

In making the announcement, Peter Williamson said, “After eleven successful years, our Chief inspector, Christine Ryan, has tendered her resignation. The educational landscape looked very different when Christine took over in 2005. The ‘first cycle’ had lasted a full six years and inspections continued to focus on school improvement alongside checking regulatory compliance. In the intervening years, the emphasis on regulatory compliance has been magnified and changing government requirements have necessitated the introduction of four new inspection frameworks. During this period, ISI has consolidated its position as a high quality and trusted inspectorate, demonstrated by the government transferring successively to ISI responsibility for the inspection of early years settings and boarding welfare, as well as commissioning ISI to set up and implement the educational oversight inspection of private further education colleges. This is a testament to the work not only of Christine but also of highly trained inspectors. I believe that under her leadership ISI has made a significant contribution to the improvement of standards of education and welfare in both the UK and internationally.