Sam takes on schools role for diocese

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A Clitheroe man has been appointed the new deputy director for the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education.

Sam Johnson brings a wealth of knowledge and skill from his current post to this role and will have a specific brief for the school buildings in the diocese as well as a shared strategic overview of the Board of Education’s work in all areas.

His appointment has been welcomed by the Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson and the Director of Education, Stephen Whittaker.

For 12 years Sam has worked at the University of Cumbria, or a predecessor institution, in Strategic Planning, Policy and Performance.

He is currently the chairman of the Association of Managers in Higher Education and has been a primary school governor for the past seven years.

Sam (pictured above) is also part of the Ministry team of St James in Clitheroe, having been a Licensed Lay Reader for three years. He also served on the PCC for seven years.

Married to Judi, who together have two children, Isaac (12) and Reuben (11), Sam will start work on April 11th.

Sam said: “I am delighted to have been appointed the Deputy Director of Education for the diocese. This is an exciting time to become involved in the work of the Board of Education, and the diocese as a whole, as we work towards implementing Vision 2026: Healthy Churches Transforming Communities.

“I am really looking forward to starting in April, to meeting the team and getting to know everyone, and to begin working with our schools and churches.

“I want to try and meet as many people as possible, as early as possible, to better understand how I, and the Board of Education as a whole, can best support the great work which already takes place across the diocese.”

Bishop Julian said: “Sam’s range of experience makes him ideal to be the Deputy Director of our excellent Board of Education as it serves the parishes, Anglican and Methodist schools in our area. I look forward to working with him.”