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Education chief secretary is to leave post after just four months

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EDUCATION’S chief secretary Gus Paterson is leaving for a job in the private sector.

Gus Paterson took on the role of Education chief secretary in February. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 21700195)

He took on the role only in February.

Mr Paterson will leave the States in September to take up the role of chief executive officer at a private firm.

The confirmation comes just days after Education, Sport & Culture announced the new executive headteacher and director of education as it works on how to introduce a new secondary model.

An internal recruitment process is now under way for Mr Paterson’s replacement to be in post before he leaves.

‘I’ve really enjoyed my time supporting the new committee and believe we have made significant progress in a relatively short period – particularly with initial steps taken to reform the Education Office,’ he said.

‘This work hopefully stands the committee and my colleagues in good stead going forward. While my time as chief secretary was shorter than I expected, ultimately I was offered a role in the private sector that was too good an opportunity to miss.’

States chief executive Paul Whitfield said that Mr Paterson had made a big impact in a short amount of time.

‘We are all disappointed to see him go but understand that it is the nature of the beast that the States of Guernsey has to compete with the private sector for top staff.

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‘I wish Gus nothing but the best for his future career.

‘We will shortly begin the process of appointing a successor, and are looking to have the new appointee in post as soon as possible to ensure a quality handover can take place, with no resultant dip in the crucial work already under way.’

Mr Paterson was the director of civil aviation from 2014.

In December, it was confirmed that Economic Development chief secretary Chris Williams had left, having been appointed in June.

Nick Mann

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