Since November 2012, Steve Munby has been Chief Executive of Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Education Trust). Education Development Trust is an education charity working in over 40 different countries.
It works extensively in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as in the UK.
Steve began his career as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham, later moving to the North East of England where he worked as a teacher and then as a senior lecturer.
In 1987 he became a consultant on assessment, working for the nine North East Local Education Authorities. In 1989 he became a school Inspector within the Education Department at Oldham Borough Council. He managed the School Improvement Service in Oldham before moving to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as Assistant Director in 1997. Whilst at Blackburn with Darwen, the Local Education Authority was awarded Beacon Council status for school improvement. From 2000 to March 2005, he was Director of Education and Lifelong Learning in Knowsley, Merseyside. The work in Knowsley under his leadership has been documented in books by Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink (Sustainable Leadership) and by Michael Fullan (Leadership and Sustainability) and (The New Meaning of Educational Change).
Steve was Chief Executive of England’s National College for School Leadership from March 2005 until November 2012. As CEO, he had overall responsibility for the training and development of school principals in all 21,000 state maintained schools in England and also for the training and development of Directors of Children’s Services in all 150 Local Authorities. Whilst at the National College, Steve led the work on the identification and development of National Leaders of Education, the development of Teaching Schools in England and the review of the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Steve is in much demand as a keynote speaker, especially on issues to do with school leadership and system-wide reform of education, and has spoken at conferences all over the world, including the UK, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America and Norway.