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Mark Blois

Head of Education, Browne Jacobson LLP
National Leader of Governance, National College for Teaching and Leadership

Mark is a Partner and Head of the Education team at Browne Jacobson, a leading national education law firm, personally having almost twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer.

He has been recommended as a Leader in his field in the industry bibles ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘Legal 500’ for more than ten years. In 2015 ‘Chambers UK’ dubbed him “an industry leader” and ‘Legal 500’ described him as “exceptional”.

He was named Lawyer of the Year at the Nottinghamshire Law Society Awards in 2012 and designated a National Leader of Governance by the NCTL in 2015.

He has previously served as a member of the Regional Council of the Learning and Skills Council, as a Director of the National Governors’ Association and on the Board of a 157 Group FE College. Mark is currently the Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a twelve school academy group in the Midlands and is also a long-standing Teach First mentor.

He regularly speaks at national conferences including those of the Association of School & College Leaders, National Association of Head teachers, National Association of School Business Management, National Governors’ Association and the National Association of Special Educational Needs and he has been interviewed by BBC Panorama, Radio Four and Sky News.

He has contributed over 100 papers, articles and book chapters to education literature on a variety of aspects of education law and has given oral evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee. Mark is married with twin daughters.