Press Release - Opportunity opens up at Naace with a change of leadership

Press Release - Opportunity opens up at Naace with a change of leadership

Embargoed until 12noon on Tuesday 10 April

Naace, The ICT Association, whose mission is to advance education through ICT, has today announced that it is seeking a new General Secretary to take the organisation through its next phase of development.  The announcement comes as Bernadette Brooks, who has been leading Naace since November 2007, has tendered her resignation and will leave Naace at the end of May 2012 to move on to pastures new. Naace is now looking for a dynamic new leader to build on Brooks’ work and guide it to the next level.
Brooks has played a leading role in steering the organisation through a period of substantial change affecting many stakeholder groups involved in ICT in education, in her four and a half years with Naace. She has been instrumental in positioning the association at the forefront of policy and practice in all aspects of the effective use of technology in schools.

Always passionate about delivering timely and relevant CPD for busy teachers, she was instrumental in working with the TDA and Naace colleagues to develop the very valuable site and the Masters Level Certified Naace Professional scheme.

Brooks worked closely with colleagues at Becta to raise the numbers of schools engaged in The ICT Mark and has become the public face of the scheme, applauding schools for their success in achieving the Mark at presentations around the country. She has been instrumental in leading the transfer of the Self-review Framework, from The Department for Education to Naace in recent weeks, bringing together this nationally adopted maturity model for schools to assess and develop their use of technology with the innovative 3rd Millennium Learning Award scheme, launched at BETT 2012.

Internationally Brooks has become a familiar face at conferences and exhibitions leading on the International Technology in Education Mark (ITEM),and working with organisations such as ECIS and CIS to support technology professionals in their formative work.

Most recently she has steered Naace to develop its own curriculum for ICT, and has been an advocate for a broad and balanced ICT curriculum including Computer Science, the very subject she taught in the classroom at the start of her career.

At this year’s much acclaimed Naace Conference, Brooks co-hosted the Naace ICT Impact Awards with Charles Clarke, former Secretary of State for Education. This annual event has become a focus for Naace’s extended community of practitioners and leading ICT suppliers, who are all passionate about ICT in education, to meet and share in inspirational and professional dialogue.

Naace is widely recognised as the independent voice for ICT in education and is looking forward to a new phase of growth which will build on the very firm foundations established by Brooks, with her much admired professional staff team and a considerable army of volunteers that are proud to be associated with the organisation and its simple endeavour.

Miles Berry, Chair of Naace, stated that ‘Bernadette Brooks has played a pivotal role in making Naace the vibrant, agile and forward looking association that it is today: her contribution at all levels of the education ecosystem from national strategy to many pupils’ learning has been immense. She will be a hard act to follow, but these are exciting times for the right person to take Naace forward from the strong position in which Bernadette leaves it.’

If you are interested in working with Naace as its new General Secretary please contact Miles Berry (0208 392 3241,  or Rachel Ager ( ) for an exploratory discussion in strict confidence. Full details of the recruitment process will be announced shortly.


Notes for Editors:

1.  Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT).
2.  Naace manages the accreditation of schools through the ICT Mark and the Self-review Framework, which originated as the NaaceMark. Over 2000 schools have been accredited with the ICT Mark – see
3.  Naace supports teachers, local authority staff and independent consultants in professional development through ictcpd4free and many other activities, and provides individuals with work-based accreditation through the Certified Naace Professional scheme.
4.  Naace works in partnership with subject associations, Headteachers' organisations, government organisations, the commercial sector and international organisations supporting the use of ICT in schools and many other groups.
5.  Membership of Naace is open to anyone concerned with advancing education through ICT. For further details see
Press queries contact: Bernadette Brooks at; Tel: 07753 911436

Press Release - Opportunity opens up at Naace with a change of leadership
Press Release - Opportunity opens up at Naace with a change of leadership