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New interim Chief Executive for Bell

22 January 2010

Bell Educational Trust has today announced the appointment of Sam Younger CBE as interim Chief Executive. The appointment comes following the resignation last year of current Chief Executive David Pottinger, who leaves Bell at the end of January to take up a new leadership role with Obeikan Education, Bell’s strategic partner in Saudi Arabia.

Sam, a former interim Chief Executive of Shelter, Director General of the Red Cross and Managing Director of the BBC World Service, brings with him an impressive background within international not-for-profit organisations - together with substantial experience in the educational sector - and will provide leadership and guidance for the Trust until the appointment of a new permanent Chief Executive is confirmed.

Sam will take up his new role on 1 February, reporting to the Chairman of the Board Governors, Ellen Fleming. Announcing the appointment, Ellen said: “We are delighted to welcome Sam Younger to Bell. The next few months will be an important time for the Trust and it is essential that we maintain momentum as we push forward with our Strategic Plan. Sam has considerable experience in managing organisations through transitional periods such as these and this will prove invaluable as we conclude our search for a permanent successor to David Pottinger.”

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About Bell

Bell is a leading educational charity and one of the largest British-owned providers of English language education services. Each year, Bell helps over 100,000 students, from more than 120 countries through one of its 37 worldwide teaching centres and e-channels, primarily to learn English and other languages. Bell operates 9 centres in the UK, including a boarding school for international students.

The organisation also provides teacher training, educational management, consultancy and project services to international organisations, universities and governments.

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Sam Younger (Interim Chief Executive for The Bell Educational Trust