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Executive principal announced four months behind schedule

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Jacki Hughes has been appointed as the executive principal of The Guernsey Institute for the next two years.

The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture announce that Jacki Hughes has been appointed as the new Executive Principal of The Guernsey Institute.. (25519868)

The committee had initially expected to make an announcement about the position in March and then later said the post would be confirmed by 1 July.

She was the principal and CEO of Guildford College Group.

'I am looking forward to my new challenge in leading The Guernsey Institute, working closely with the existing leaders and their teams to create this new entity,' she said.

'I bring an absolute commitment to maintaining and further developing the highest standards of education and training, and the range of offering on the island. This commitment extends to the development and support of all staff as The Guernsey Institute evolves.'

The Guernsey Institute will integrate the three existing providers: the College of Further Education, the Institute of Health & Social Care Studies and the GTA University Centre, with plans to move into purpose built facilities and secure University College status.

The States' further and higher education providers will be integrated under The Guernsey Institute banner. Left to right, Guernsey College of Further Education, Institute of Health and Social Care and the GTA University Centre. (25519824)

Mrs Hughes has over 30 years teaching in the post 16 sector, as well as senior leadership roles in Further and Higher Education. She has also spent more than10 years as an Ofsted inspector covering early years, apprenticeships, sixth form and FE colleges.

Education, Sport & Culture vice-president Deputy Richard Graham said: 'This is great news not only for the future of The Guernsey Institute and all those who will be either teaching or learning within its faculties, but also for the many Guernsey employers who look to The Guernsey Institute as the source of future employees with appropriate knowledge and skills.

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Education, Sport and Culture vice-president Richard Graham. (25519686)

'It has taken the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture a little longer than we had hoped to find an executive principal of Mrs Hughes’ experience and qualities, but it has been well worth the wait.'

David Leafe, member of the shadow board of governors at The Guernsey Institute, said: 'I am very pleased that it has been possible to recruit someone with the extensive relevant knowledge and experience that Mrs Hughes will bring to the role. I am sure she will provide excellent leadership and work effectively with the management teams and staff of the three organisations to ensure that the best aspects of each of them are preserved and enhanced as they come together to form The Guernsey Institute.

'Her past record demonstrates her commitment to post-16 education and the development of further opportunities for students, employees and employers who will benefit from the success of the Institute.'

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The shadow board of governors for the Guernsey Institute. Left to right: Robin Fuller, David Oxburgh, Sandra James, Ken Gibbs, Tim Walters, Julian Winser, Louise Hall, David Leafe and Peter Sherbourne. (25519699)

Under ESC's new leadership structure, the executive principal reports to the Director of Education.

Last week it was announced that Laurie Ann Baker, who had been appointed to the director role, would no longer be taking up the post.

Nick Mann

By Nick Mann
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