THE DIOCESE of Chichester this week welcomed a new director of education.
Dr Ann Holt, currently the lay canon of Bristol Cathedral, will take on the position in September.
Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner said: “I am absolutely delighted by the appointment of Dr Ann Holt as Chichester’s new diocesan director of education and look forward to welcoming her and her husband, canon Douglas Holt, to life and work in Sussex.
“Ann is a nationally recognised leader in the field of education. She is experienced in the classroom, imaginative, inspirational and demanding of high standards as a team leader, and a persuasive advocate for the invaluable contribution that Christianity makes to the educational and social needs of children, young people and their families.
“Chichester has 159 church schools, providing free education to 35,000 students. Under her leadership, their future will be in good hands.”
Dr Holt added: “I am looking forward to serving the whole school community and working with the diocesan education team who I know are dedicated to the Christian mission in all its schools.”
She has previously worked at the Department for Education and has been governor of a number of schools, including nurseries, primaries and secondaries.
She has also been a national trainer and consultant to local education authorities, the DfE, and independent schools.
She is executive director at the Bible Society.
In 2004, she was awarded an OBE for services to education.