Richard Whitburn began his teaching career in Hackney in the 70s as a teacher, Advisor and Inspector in the then Inner London Education Authority. In 1983 he was appointed to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Schools (HMI). In HMI he was involved in changes in examinations, the implementation of the National Curriculum and LEA advisory and inspection services. Latterly in OFSTED, he was involved in the establishment, training and monitoring of the inspection service consequent upon the 1992 Education (Schools) Act.
He left HMI to join Tribal Education in 2001 as Professional Director of Inspection services. In Tribal he worked with colleagues on inspection, providing professional support and advice to inspectors, leading in-service courses and directing training. During that period Tribal became the largest Inspection Company undertaking over 70 inspections a week across Southern England.
He is currently a Governor at Clifton High School and is an honorary member of the Advisory Board of Whitefields Delhi Public School in Bangalore and travels to India regularly.
From 2001 until 2011 he was a trustee and, for 5 years, Chair of the Council of Management of the Bristol Drugs project.
He is married to a Consultant Paediatrician and has two daughters, both doctors.