The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has announced that Caroline Wright. is to be its new director. Wright replaces Ray Barker, who is retiring from BESA after twelve years, but Barker will continue to act as an adviser and commentator on industry, technology and literacy issues.
Wright has spent much of the last 15 years working in senior positions within Government and the public sector. From an early career in journalism Wright moved on to public sector PR and communications roles at The Post Office, The Department of Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Office.
An interest in education resulted in her spending more than 10 years leading education communications at Ofsted, Partnerships for Schools and, as Director of Communications and executive board member at the Department for Education. In March 2011 Wright left the Civil Service to run her own communications consultancy specialising in the youth and social care sectors. She is also an NHS Non-Executive Director at the country’s largest acute NHS hospital trust, Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS University Trust.