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Tony McArdle

Chair, SEND System Leadership Board - Advisor, SEND Review

Tony chairs the SEND Leadership Board for DfE and leads on the Department’s negotiations with Councils with the most financially challenged systems. He was an independent adviser to the SEND review.

He is a Director of the UK Health Security Agency and was involved in managing the interface with local government in respect of Covid outbreak response.

Tony chairs the Improvement Panel for the London Borough of Croydon, being previously the government’s Lead Commissioner for Northamptonshire County Council.

He was a Council Chief Executive for over twenty years, and served as an officer in the Army Reserve for 22 years.