Vice Chair of Governors
Professor René Koglbauer-Franklin is Dean of Lifelong Learning and Professional Practice at Newcastle University, the Executive Director of the Newcastle University North Leadership Centre and Professor of Professional Learning and Leadership. He joined Newcastle University as a member of the initial teacher training team in 2010 and has since held various leadership positions; including Acting Head of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (2015-2016). For his work and contribution to higher education, he was made Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017. René is an active member of the North East Teaching Schools Partnership (NETSP) board and is involved in the National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy.
Following his studies and first teaching experience in Austria and Hungary, René relocated to the Southeast of England nearly 20 years ago, where he started his career in secondary schools as language teacher, head of department and Head of Careers. During this time, René was also a lead practitioner for assessment for learning and languages in the Oxfordshire Local Authority.
Over the years, René has developed a particular interest in governance. Prior to joining CVEA’s governing body, René was Vice-Chair of a governing body and staff governor in schools in Oxfordshire. Following his presidency of the Association for Language Learning, he was invited to join the trustees of the association and is currently the chair of the board of trustees.
René, his wife and their two sons live in Sunderland and enjoy the cultural and culinary highlights in the region and beyond. René is a passionate traveller – a regular destination is Vienna to see family and ‘old’ friends.