New members appointed to the School Teachers' Review Body

Department for Education

November 23
12:33 2015

Philippa Hird and Sir Robert Burgess have been appointed as members of the School Teachers Review Body and will be in post for 3 years. Peter Batley, who has already served 3 years as a member, has been reappointed to serve a further 3 years, following his successful application.

The STRB provides independent advice to the government on pay and conditions for teachers and school leaders in England and Wales.

Dr Patricia Rice, Chair of the STRB said:

I am delighted to welcome Philippa and Sir Robert to the review body and equally delighted that Peter will continue as a review body member. I am confident that all 3 members knowledge and experience will greatly benefit the review body in its important work in considering pay and conditions for teachers.

Appointment process

The appointment process was run in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments code of practice and was made on merit. All 3 members confirmed that they have no political activity to declare. Peter Batley and Sir Robert Burgess do not hold any other public appointments. Philippa Hird has confirmed that she is a member of the Cambridge Advisory Committee for the appointment of magistrates.


Peter Batley

Peter is a chartered engineer who worked for 30 years in the transportation/security industry, culminating in roles as vice-president of transportation and transformation at the aerospace, transport and defence company Thales.

Peter has been in semi-retirement from 2011 and has since pursued public sector, non-executive and charity work opportunities. He has been a committee member of the School Teachers Review Body since November 2012.

Philippa Hird

Philippa is a Director of Cambridge HR Strategy Consulting, a non-executive Director of the Remuneration Consulting Group and the independent member of the Remuneration Committee of the General Dental Council. Philippa was previously a non-executive Director of HMRC.

She currently performs voluntary roles in education as a council member of the Assessment Qualification Alliance and as a council member of City University in London where she chairs the Remuneration Committee. She is also a member of the Cambridge Advisory Committee for the appointment of magistrates. Until 2008, Philippa held a number of high profile posts within ITV, and the Granada Media Group.

Sir Robert Burgess

Sir Robert was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Leicester until September 2014. He previously held a number of roles at the University of Warwick, including Senior Pro Vice Chancellor, Founding Director of the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (a cross faculty research centre), and Professor of Sociology.

He has had experience on several national committees, including the Board of the British Library and the Higher Education Academy Board and was recently appointed as the Chair of GSM Londons Governing Body (GSM London provide industry led vocational business programmes). He was knighted in 2010 for services to higher education locally and nationally.

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