The current vice-principal of City College Brighton and Hove will be the next Principal of Highlands College. Steve Lewis will take up the post on 1st September this year.
Mr Lewis (58) is a graduate of Middlesex University and a post graduate of Exeter University, who has extensive experience as a lecturer in performing arts, as well as a strong track record at management level in further and higher education and at Pearson/Edexcel, the international exam board.
Mr Lewis, who has links with Jersey and has been a regular visitor for the past 30 years, said: ‘In many respects, the Island economy, the employer profile and the college in Jersey are very similar to Brighton and Hove, but the one significant difference is the relative autonomy Jersey has in setting its own education policy and determining its own approach to the skills agenda.
‘A key aspect of my role as Principal of Highlands College will be that of an architect setting out the blueprint for the future of the organisation in response to the training and skills needs of the Island community and then inspiring others to achieve that vision.’
In his current role in Brighton, Mr Lewis is responsible for monitoring the strategic direction of the college and planning all aspects of the curriculum, which includes a wide range of vocational qualifications and University of Brighton degrees. He is also responsible for planning the 16-19 curriculum in conjunction with other post-16 providers in Brighton, the adult and community learning provision in partnership with the city council and community based providers and he is chair of the city’s 16-19 Partnership.
The chair of Highlands Board of Governors, Paul Harding, said: ‘The recent economic pressures and national changes in education mean that Highlands’ role in Jersey is more important than ever. Stephen Lewis brings significant experience to the college at a crucial phase of its development and we look forward to working with him as he builds on the strong foundations already in place.
‘He has had a very successful tenure at City College Brighton and Hove, during which period Ofsted rated their leadership and management as “Outstanding”. I very much look forward, with Highlands Governors, to Stephen Lewis bringing his inspirational and visionary leadership to Highlands, benefitting our local students over coming years.’