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Karen Wespieser appointed interim Managing Director

Centre for Education Economics (CfEE) appoints Karen Wespieser of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to the role of interim managing director.
Karen is seconded on a part-time basis from the NFER to direct the day-to-day activities of CfEE and take forward its plans for development over the next six months, including the recruitment of a full-time director.
Karen has led research in the education sector for over fifteen years and has extensive knowledge and experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has worked at all levels of research – conducting fieldwork, managing research teams, commissioning and quality assuring agencies and producing research for policy.
Karen began her career at NFER and worked at the Foundation for four years before taking a year-long sabbatical to undertake research in Indonesia for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).
From 2008 to 2012, she was the Research Manager at CfBT Education Trust where she was involved in the Strategic Forum for Research in Education, the Educational Evidence Portal, and the Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe, the Coalition for Evidence Based Education, and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Foreign Languages. From 2012-14, she worked as a Research Manager at BBC Media Action (the BBC’s international development charity) where she contributed to large scale multi-country longitudinal quantitative research, specialising in the Middle East and North Africa.
In 2014 Karen returned to the NFER as Senior Research Manager, later to become Head of Impact. Her recent published research includes Capacity for collaboration? Analysis of school-to-school support in EnglandThe Performance of Partially Selective Schools in England and School Choice: the Parent View.
Speaking of Karen's appointment, CfEE Chair James Croft, said:
"On behalf of the Board I am very pleased to welcome Karen to her new role. Karen has been an engaged supporter of our development over several years and will bring considerable expertise and experience to our research and development. NFER have been an invaluable event partner to CfEE over the past year. We are immensely grateful to them for seconding her to this interim role. We look forward to working with Karen as CfEE opens a new chapter."