CORE Education Trust CEO awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

An education chief who has been at the heart of developing and leading some of the most pioneering and innovative schools in Britain has been honoured by the Queen.

Adrian Packer, CEO of CORE Education Trust, has been awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017.

Mr Packer has a proven track record as being an exceptional leader in the field of education and his expertise is valued nation-wide. 

Together with a team of passionate and like-minded trustees, Mr Packer founded CORE Education Trust in March 2015.  The Trust sponsors Nansen Primary School and Rockwood Academy in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

Both schools were removed from special measures in March 2016 and were graded by Ofsted as ‘Good’ in a dramatic turnaround achieved in under two years.

Previous to his current role, Mr Packer was the founding Principal of Everton Free School, the first free school set up by a Premier League football club.

Prior to that, Mr Packer was an Executive Director and part of the founding team of Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), an arts academy partnered with The BRIT School in London.

Mr Packer was a senior Artistic Director at The BRIT School for 12 years and taught some of the country’s highest profile, award-winning talent in the music, theatre and television industries including Amy Winehouse and Jessie J.

Mr Packer is a member of the Council of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and director and governor of the LIPA Sixth Form College. He is governor of the City of Birmingham School and also an independent non-executive director of the not-for-profit body ukactive, as well as a member of the UK Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation.

Mr Packer said: “I am both delighted and humbled to receive this honour. For my work to be acknowledged in this way provides an opportunity to highlight that my whole career has been enriched and inspired in so many ways by so many others.

I have been incredibly lucky to have collaborated with a number of amazingly talented, gifted and dedicated people working with me on different projects across the UK.

We have all been united by one common endeavour; to provide the best possible opportunities and experiences to children and young people, irrespective of their backgrounds. 

I am very proud of everything that has been achieved by the incredible teams at CORE Education Trust and our schools.

I also value the ongoing support and inspiration I receive from some exceptional people in those organisations and institutions at which I volunteer my time in a non-executive capacity. 

Above all, it remains my greatest privilege to serve the needs of children and young people. It is always a joy to meet, teach and learn from them.

Mark Featherstone-Witty RNOM OBE, Founding Principal and Chief Executive of LIPA and creator of The BRIT School, said: “I have three words to describe my favourite colleague and friend Adrian Packer: inventive, devoted and fun. I wish I’d met him a lot sooner in my life.

Ammo Talwar MBE, Chairman of CORE Education Trust, said: “Adrian Packer is truly an inspirational leader whose passion and dedication to providing excellent educational opportunities and outcomes to children and young people is not only limitless but also infectious.

On behalf of everyone at CORE Education Trust we want to offer him our sincerest congratulations for this much-deserved award.