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New Executive Principal of The Guernsey Institute announced

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Thursday 15 August 2019

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

Mrs Hughes will work with the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, the newly appointed Shadow Board of Governors and senior leaders for the next two years to lead and oversee the significant transformation required to create The Guernsey Institute.

Mrs Hughes has extensive and diverse experience across many phases of education, with over 30 years teaching in the post 16 sector, as well as senior leadership roles in Further and Higher Education. Alongside her successful career to date, she has also spent over 10 years as an Ofsted Inspector covering early years, apprenticeships, sixth form and FE colleges.

She joins The Guernsey Institute having carried out her most recent assignment as Principal and CEO of Guildford College Group. During this period of time she successfully sourced the right merger partner to secure the future of the three colleges through their integration into a larger provider. In order to secure the merger, Jacki was able to access significant amounts of transitional funding from the UK government.

Jacki Hughes, Executive Principal of The Guernsey Institute, said:

"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. 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."

Deputy Richard Graham, Vice-President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, 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. 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."

The appointment represents another major step forward in the Committee's transformation plans for Further and Higher Education. Jacki will lead colleagues at The Guernsey Institute to shape the vision of the newly formed organisation and to support the integration process of the three existing providers: the College of Further Education, the Institute of Health & Social Care Studies and the GTA University Centre, including plans to move into purpose built, high quality facilities and to begin the process of securing University College status.

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