Stephen Crowne

CEO, The Bar Council


Stephen Crowne has been Chief Executive of The Bar Council since June 2013. He brought wide-ranging experience of public and private sector leadership.
Before joining The Bar Council he was Senior Director of Global Education at Cisco, the networking giant, supporting the transformation education systems around the world to meet the needs of 21st century. Stephen was responsible for developing education strategy and leading implementation.

Prior to that he was for five years Chief Executive of BECTA, the UK Government Agency charged with promoting technology in learning. He was responsible for advising the government on strategy, driving improvement across the system, establishing value-for-money procurement arrangements and executing innovative programs such as Home Access, which provided computers and connectivity to over 200,000 children in low income families.

Before Becta, Stephen was a senior civil servant in the UK Department for Education, working extensively on strategy and programs to raise school standards, and culminating with a spell as interim Director-General for Schools. In various roles he led on central government intervention in failing local authorities, the development and implementation of the innovative Building Schools for the Future Program, and overall schools funding strategy. He was also the first Chief Executive of FEDA, a body established to provide management development and curriculum support to further education colleges in England.

Stephen has a degree in Modern History from Cambridge University.

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