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Wates chief executive Paul Drechsler to become chairman of Teach First

Outgoing Wates Group chief executive Paul Drechsler has been appointed chairman of charity Teach First from January 2014.

James Wates replaced Mr Drechsler as Wates Group chairman in April, and it was announced last month that BAE Systems’ Andrew Davies will become its new chief executive when Mr Drechsler steps down at the end of 2013.

Mr Drechsler will support the growth of Teach First, which recruits university graduates to work as teachers in schools in challenging areas.

Mr Drechsler said: “I truly believe that everyone deserves an excellent education. For this reason, I am both honoured and delighted to be taking on this important role at Teach First, a charity whose vision and values I strongly believe in.”

He will take over from Dame Julia Cleverdon, who has led the charity for the past seven years.

Mr Drechsler added: “Following in her footsteps will be a challenge to say the least, but with a charity that makes such an impact on young people on a daily basis, it is a challenge that I look forward to with great enthusiasm and excitement.

“I am also looking forward to meeting the wonderful people that make the charity what it is – Teach First teachers, ambassadors and employees.”

Teach First said Mr Drechsler would bring a wealth of experience to the role.

Mr Drechsler is chairman of the Business in the Community education leadership team and chairman of The Prince’s Trust’s Get into Construction committee.

He is also a member of the Trinity College Dublin Business School advisory board, senior independent director of Essentra, and is a member of the board of the CBI and Business in the Community.

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