Dialogue in the corridors of power
Each permanent secretary brings his own particular skills to the job, but there is no doubt that the education service owes Sir Tim Lankester a tremendous debt for opening up the corridors of dialogue, particularly with local education authorities.
During the period of Sir Tim's leadership, the style of the then Department for Education changed markedly - and most would argue for the better. The concept of partnership which Michael Bichard sees as the key to the future was well and truly reawakened by his predecessor.
Standing Conference of Chief Education Officers