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Bristol Education Boss Abi Gbago Leaves City for Newham In Autumn

Bristol is losing another top education boss, after the city’s newest Executive Director of the Children and Education announced a move to Newham this week.

Abi Gbago, who is responsible for children, families, safer communities, education and skills, lasted one academic year in Bristol. The new role was only created after a restructuring of directorates last year which saw the former Executive Director of People – Hugh Evans – take charge of Adult Social Care, Communities and Public Health, leaving behind education and skills.

Gbago’s recommendation for the job is still subject to approval by councillors at Newham’s Full Council next week. If it is approved, she will start in the Autumn of 2023.

Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz said of Abi and her 9 month tenure in Bristol: “The appointment of Abi Gbago as the Council’s permanent Chief Executive brings an exceptional leader to Newham with a strong record of accomplishment in driving excellence in public service delivery and for the public good. Her career in local government includes currently the Executive Director of Children and Education at Bristol City Council with responsibilities including community safety and employment, skills and learning. Working closely with Mayor of Bristol, cabinet members and the senior leadership team in one of the largest Core City Councils in the UK, she has been instrumental in developing and implementing a transformation programme to deliver improved services and a sustainable budget over the next five years.”

Bristol Education Boss Abi Gbago Leaves City for Newham

Abi Gbago said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive for Newham Council, joining Mayor Fiaz and her administration who are committed to transforming the borough to benefit every resident. I share their vision and ambition for improving the opportunities available to residents in Newham while tackling the inequalities and barriers that exist. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Council in delivering excellence for our residents and the borough as a whole.”

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