Girls' schools chief 'sacked' weeks after being awarded a peerage

4th October 2016 at 13:37
Charlotte Vere, executive director of the Girls' Schools Association, was made Baroness Vere of Norbiton this summer

The executive director of the Girls’ Schools Association has been asked to leave her role with immediate effect, TES understands.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Charlotte Vere) left the organisation on Saturday, it is understood. Her departure comes two months after she was nominated for the life peerage by David Cameron in his resignation honours list.

The GSA represents the most prestigious private girls' schools across the country, including Cheltenham Ladies' College and Roedean School.

Baroness Vere has been at the GSA since December 2012. According to the GSA’s website, she was responsible for “the leadership, vision and strategic direction of the association, for directing the work of the secretariat, all external relations with key stakeholders and for representing, communicating and promoting the values of GSA and its members”.

She also served as executive director of the "Conservatives In” campaign, supporting a remain vote in the European Union referendum. She stood for the Conservative Party in the 2010 General Election in Brighton and is engaged to the party’s head of fundraising, Mike Chattey, which was announced in an advertisement in The Daily Telegraph on 20 September.

'This is an internal matter'

Baroness Vere also temporarily fulfilled the role of acting general secretary of the Independent Schools Council for seven months from October 2014 to April 2015.

She is a trustee of the the Fatherhood Institute and the National Youth Arts Trust, is a member of the development board of the mindfulness centre at Oxford University and is a governor of a large state primary school.

In 2011, she set up a campaign group called "Women On..." to highlight issues facing women in the workplace and in public life. She was previously the finance director of the "No to AV" campaign for the referendum on an alternative vote electoral system.

Prior to becoming involved in politics, she headed an online mental health therapies provider, and was the finance director of a digital recruitment company.

A GSA spokeswoman neither confirmed nor denied that Baroness Vere had left the association or been sacked, or that this was related to her Conservative Party peerage.

She said: “This is an internal matter that has not yet been concluded and, as such, we’re unable to say any more at this stage.”

Baroness Vere declined to comment on the story.

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