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11 May, 2010

Foundations Chief Executive to move on after nine years

The Citizenship Foundation announces that its Chief Executive, Dr Tony Breslin, is to step down this summer after nine years in the post. Tony has led the organisation through an exciting time that has seen citizenship established as part of the National Curriculum in secondary schools and the emergence of active citizenship and community engagement as major themes in public policy. During this period the organisation has undergone significant expansion, taking on the Giving Nation project from government, building the Go-Givers programme in primary schools and carrying through a successful merger with the Council for Education in World Citizenship. It is now delivering more education and participation projects than ever before.

Michael Maclay, Chair of Trustees at the Citizenship Foundation, said: ‘Tony has piloted the Foundation through a very successful period in its history. His originality, idealism and dedication have served us well, and we wish him every possible success in his future endeavours.'

Andrew Phillips, founding Chairman and now President of the Foundation, commented: ‘We are sorry to see Tony go, but it speaks for his achievement that he leaves such a strong team to take forward the Foundation's work at a time when connecting young citizens with the political process is more important than ever.'

Tony Breslin himself said: ‘It has been an honour to lead the Citizenship Foundation during such an interesting period. I am very proud of all that we have achieved over the past few years and I am sad to be leaving. But I am confident that, with the quality of its people and the importance of its agenda, the Foundation will go from strength to strength.'

Tony will leave the organisation in late August with a view to establishing a new public policy consultancy. The recruitment process for his successor will be launched in May.




Media contact:
Emma Doyle at the Citizenship Foundation, tel: 0207 566 4134; email: emma.doyle@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Notes to Editors:
About the Citizenship Foundation
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity (no 801360) that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society. Founded in 1989, our particular focus is on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding of the law, democracy and public life. We do this by championing civic participation, supporting teachers and schools with the delivery of citizenship education and by working with young people in community-settings on issues that concern them. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk


Tony Breslin
Dr. Tony Breslin has been Chief Executive at the Citizenship Foundation, since September 2001 and has spoken and published widely on a range of issues: the development of ‘citizenship-rich' schools and communities, the nature of citizenship as a school subject, the tensions between different conceptions of citizenship as process, identity and status, and the interplay between citizenship and national, faith and community identities. He was formerly General Adviser, 14-19 Education in the London Borough of Enfield. His new book, Teachers, Schools and Change (Trentham Books, 2010), is to be published in July.

A teacher by profession, a former Chief Examiner, a qualified OFSTED inspector and a past Chair of the Association for the Teaching of Social Sciences (ATSS), Tony is currently a Trustee of the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT), a non-executive director at SpeakersBank and ARC Theatre for Change, a member of the National Cohesion Panel and a Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. In his current role he works extensively with various government departments and agencies including the Ministry of Justice, DCSF, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Cabinet Office.









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