A LEADING headteacher has been appointed chief executive and director of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, writes Warwick Mansell,
Mary Marsh, who made the first short-list for director of the new National College for School Leadership, is leaving Holland Park comprehensive in west London to take up the high-profile post in September.
Ms Marsh, 53, is to spearhead the charity's pound;250 million "Full Stop" fundraising drive, a 15-year campaign to cut child abuse by educating parents, extending the charity's child protection helpline and recruiting counsellors to offer advice in schools.
Ms Marsh said she was "very fortunate" to be given this opportunity. She has a wealth of experience advising Government on issues ranging from social inclusion to informtion and communications technology.
Ms Marsh is a former member of the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, a governor of the Commonwealth Institute, chairs the alumni public-sector group at the London Business School and has been a regular TES contributor.
Last week, The TES reported how a full-time social worker is being employed at Holland Park in a forerunner of plans for one-stop centres incorporating schools, health centres and social services.
Ms Marsh's new job was a "significant promotion", she said. The post was advertised as a "six figure package".
She made the short-list for the leadership college directorship last autumn, but the Government failed to make an appointment. She said she did not apply when the job was re-advertised.