Prof Gus John

Born in Grenada, Gus John has been involved in education, schooling and political activism in Britain’s inner cities since the 1960s. In 1989 he was appointed Director of Education in Hackney, the first black Director of Education in the UK. When the two departments were amalgamated he became Hackney’s first Director of Education and Leisure Services.

Since leaving Hackney in 1996, Gus John has been working as an education consultant in Britain, Europe and Africa and is a Visiting Faculty Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Education, University of London. He was co-ordinator of the Black Parents Movement in Manchester, founded the Education for Liberation book service and helped to organise the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books in Manchester, London and Bradford.

Gus John was a member of the Macdonald Inquiry into Racism and Racial Violence in Manchester Schools and co-authored the Burnage Report Murder in the Playground. He is currently Chair of Parents and Students Empowerment (PaSE) an organisation devoted to empowering students and parents in schooling and education, and President of Ujima, an alliance of community organisations in Manchester committed to tackling gun crime and gang violence in African communities.

Gus John is also the author of numerous works, including Taking A Stand, published in 2006 and Emancipate Yourself … Choose Life, published in 2007. He is co-author of the National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) Charter on Raising the Achievement of Black Caribbean Boys and Chair of the NUT Round-table.