Who We Are

Christine Gilbert was Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) at Ofsted from 2006 until 2011.  She was appointed in October 2006 to create a new inspectorate in April 2007 for children’s services, education and skills.  During her time as HMCI, all inspection frameworks were revised to ensure a much closer focus on what was happening on the ground, be that in classrooms or in children’s homes, for example.  By 2011 the costs of regulation and inspection had been reduced by over a third and satisfaction with inspections was running at over 90%.  During her time as HMCI, a number of important subject and thematic reports were produced which had considerable impact on practice.  She also published five Annual HMCI Reports which presented an important evaluation of quality and standards in England.

Before coming to Ofsted, Christine was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets where she was previously Corporate Director (Education).   Tower Hamlets is one of the most challenging and fast improving local authorities in the country.  Before that, she was Director of Education in the London Borough of Harrow.

Christine spent 18 years teaching in comprehensive schools, eight of them as the headteacher of a large comprehensive school. She received a CBE in 2006 for services to education and local government.

In 2006/7, Christine chaired a national review, commissioned by the then Secretary of State, on personalising learning and teaching.  2020 Vision: Report of the Teaching and Learning Review Group was published in 2007.  Click here to download.

Christine is currently undertaking a number of interesting projects including the role of Adjudicator for the National College.  The latter involves her in a range of programmes and initiatives such as Teaching Schools, NLEs and LLEs and Licensing.  Christine is also a Visiting Professor of the Institute of Education.

Christine’s associates in the company are hand-picked experts in education and children’s services with an unrivalled depth of knowledge, expertise and experience.  They have experience as Ofsted inspectors, as HMI, as headteachers and include specialists in a range of issues such as special educational needs.  They are all passionate about making a difference for children, young people and adult learners and know that good and outstanding services raise standards and improve lives.  They are committed to sharing their expertise as widely as possible and aim to leave every organisation or service stronger as a result of their visit.  All associates have an enhanced CRB disclosure.

The breadth of knowledge, expertise and experience amongst our associates means we can help you find practical solutions to the most complex challenges.