States Appoint DG For Children

13th June 2018

The former head of Birmingham City Council has been appointed temporary leader of Jersey Education.

Mark Rogers replaces Justin Donovan, in a new role of Director General for Children, Young People, Education and Skills.

A former headteacher, Mr Rogers has more recently been in charge of Birmingham City Council.

He led the local authority while it was facing budget overspends and criticism it was still failing to do enough to protect vulnerable children. He left that reported £180,000 a year job last February.

Today, it has been announced Mr Rogers has been hired to head up Jersey’s new department responsible for children’s welfare.

States Chief Executive Charlie Parker says he will work on speeding up the process of implementing the Care Inquiry recommendations:

“Mark Rogers has a wealth of experience of children’s education and welfare across more than three decades, and I’m delighted that he has agreed to join the urgent effort to transform children’s services in Jersey.

“His combination of teaching, children’s services and local government leadership expertise make him uniquely placed to support our drive to make a step change in how we care for, support and develop all children in our island.”

Mr Rogers will work alongside outgoing Education Director Justin Donovan until his immiment retirement.

“As Chief Executive of Solihull Borough and Birmingham City councils, I have tackled some of the toughest issues in local government, but it is the nurturing, protection and development of children, over more than 30 years, that continues to inspire me.

“I’m excited to be joining Jersey at this critical time, when I can use my experience to press forward with the reforms that are needed to children’s services and with the education and skills agenda, to help children and young people to fulfil their potential.”

But statement indicates his appointment is only until a permanent Director General is recruited.

It’s the 9th senior appointment to Charlie Parker’s new-look public service.

Several other roles are still to be filled, including DG of Health following the announcement last week that Julie Garbutt is leaving office.

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