Trevor Cristin, currently head teacher of St. Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, Hove, has been appointed as the new Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Chichester.
Mr Cristin, who has been a head teacher for 16 years and a teacher all his working life, will now oversee the work of the Diocese with its 157 Church schools and academies.
The Board of Education, based at Church House, Hove, works closely with Church schools which currently educate more than 37,000 children across Sussex.
The Board is committed to nurturing the Christian ethos whilst extending a warm welcome to all.
Mr Cristin will head a team of experts in particular fields and is keen to stress the importance of partnership across a range of disciplines in providing the best possible education for children.
He said today: “Moving on, from my role as a head teacher and my school community at St Andrew’s, will bring some sadness at leaving so many valued friends. However, as Christians, we will only find true fulfilment when we go where God calls us.
“Coming to serve as the new Director of Education will be an exciting challenge and I feel it is where I have been called to be.
“I greatly look forward to getting to know as many schools across the diocese as I can and together, in a spirit of partnership and hope, we will make our schools places of true joy.”
The Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, who chairs the Diocesan Board of Education, welcomed the appointment today. He said: “I am delighted that Mr Trevor Cristin is to be Chichester’s new Diocesan Director of Education. He comes to this role with many years of experience as a head teacher and we are fortunate that he is ready to bring all of that to inform his work with the family of schools and academies associated with the Diocese.
“Mr Cristin follows Canon Dr Ann Holt, who is retiring from the post this autumn, and who has led our Education Team with characteristic energy and confidence and, like her, understands the role as a working out of his Christian Vocation in the service of our communities.”
Mr Cristin will begin his duties in September.