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Department of Education appoints Senior Adviser 28 November 2005

    Stuart Dobson has recently been appointed as Senior Adviser for the Department following Margaret Britton's promotion from this post to Deputy Director earlier this year.Stuart Dobson, Senior Adviser

    Stuart will probably be a familiar face around the Department's offices as he has visited the Island on a number of occasions as a consultant to the Island's schools since January 2005. Although he officially took up post on 21st of November he did manage to come to the Island on three occasions between getting the post and starting.

    Originally from Halifax in West Yorkshire, Stuart left school at 16 to train as an accountant working for Mackintosh's. 18 months and about a ton of 'Quality Street' later, he left to do accelerated A levels and to move into teacher training which he completed in 1974 with a teaching degree from Lancaster University.

    Stuart started teaching in Wakefield and found he really loved it. "We were never sure what - if anything - the Headteacher did but I realise with hindsight, that he was a superb manager, always ensuring that children were at the heart of all we did."

    He then moved to Leeds which was convenient as he was also doing a part-time Masters course at Leeds University.

    "This was during the period of the Miner's Strike so we sat through evening lectures with a very talented but rather long-winded lecturer shining a torch up his nose and around the group - many of whom appeared to be resting their eye lids", says Stuart.

    In 1980 life took a complete change, as Stuart became head of the English speaking part of an Islamic Foundation School in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. He then spent four years working and living abroad in Arabia and Germany with his wife Eileen (also a teacher). They returned to England just before their oldest son Gareth was born, shortly followed by Matthew, 17 months later. Both sons are now in university.

    Stuart has worked in two areas as an adviser, latterly working as a part-time adviser for Halton (Runcorn and Widnes). In the remainder of his time he worked as a consultant and as a Lead Inspector of Schools.

    Having lived in a very rural area for many years and just about sorted out the garden - Stuart and his wife are now house hunting on the Island for one with another garden to sort out. In terms of time spent, that is their main hobby.

    When asked about his thoughts for the future in his new post Stuart said "I have great aspirations for the new job and for the Island's schools and college. There is already so much which is worthy of celebration and I hope to make the further improvement of provision a real team effort. We have a great deal to share."

    28th November 2005

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