Tuesday 14 March 2023
The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture has appointed an experienced educationalist as its second non-voting member of the Committee.
Diane Mitchell, who is a former Director of Education in both Bournemouth and Portsmouth, joins Advocate Jason Green as the Committee's two non-voting members. Non-voting members of States Committees participate fully in the work of the Committee, but do not have a vote.
Originally from Guernsey, Mrs Mitchell trained as a teacher and taught locally before relocating to the UK. There, she furthered her career and became a Headteacher before progressing to become the Director of Education in both Bournemouth and Portsmouth. Mrs Mitchell also has experience as an Ofsted Inspector.
Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, President of the Committeefor Education, Sport & Culture, said:
'We are thrilled to have appointed Diane as a non-voting member of the Committee. Diane has a wealth of experience in education at a very senior level, and her knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to provide governance oversight of our schools and settings in preparation for the introduction of a new education governance model which we are developing as part of the Education Law Review. Diane's experience as an Ofsted Inspector will bring a new dimension to the Committee as we further embed our local inspection framework, which is an intrinsic part of our Education Strategy. Diane's experience means she is ideally placed to support our strategic role, and she will have much to contribute to all areas of our mandate.'
Mrs Mitchell said:
'I am delighted to have been invited to join the Committee at this pivotal time for the re-organisation of secondary and post-16 education. I have been keenly following the Committee's exciting plans for the post-16 campus at Les Ozouets, and I am looking forward to making an active contribution in the finalisation of proposals for the new Education Law. Having grown up here, I feel passionately about our island so I am equally looking forward to supporting Education, Sport & Culture in the strategic oversight of the cultural aspects of its mandate, and learning more about the good work that is going on in sport, especially at a grass-roots level.'