Des worked as a senior adviser for ten years for Northamptonshire Inspection and Advisory Service (NIAS). UK. He was team leader of schools. He moved into central government roles at Ofqual (QCA) as
Principal Officer for Science and as National Director for Science (DfES, UK government, 2000 – 2004). He has significant inspection experience, in secondary (including sixth form), primary and special schools, in both mainstream and independent sectors since 1992 and is currently a Reporting/Lead Inspector across all ages and phases of education, including special educational needs. Des has a particular interest in providing intervention guidance and support for schools in challenging circumstances, by helping them to improve teaching and learning, with the consequential rise in standards, across all phases and subjects.