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Chris Keates to step down from NASUWT leadership

TEACHING union NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates is to step down from her role after 15 years.

Ms Keates told staff in an email that it was a “difficult” decision for her to make, but felt that it “is the right time for the NASUWT to have a general secretary to take the union forward into the next chapter in its history.”

Union president Dave Kitchen said in a statement today: “After 15 years as NASUWT general secretary, and far longer as an NASUWT member of staff and union activist, Chris Keates has advised the national executive of her retirement plans and that she will not be standing again for re-election.

“The process of electing her successor has started and pending the outcome of that process, and in the interim, Chris remains in post, so for the present it is business as usual.

“At  the appropriate time, tribute will be paid to Chris for the work she has done and her years of service to the NASUWT and its members. Consequently, no further statements will be made at this time.”

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