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2015 Jersey Debate - the future of our health and education

2015 Jersey Debate - the future of our health and education

Panellists have been announced for this year's IoD Jersey Debate on the future of our health and education.

The head of the body that regulates examinations and qualifications across England and a former medical director at Bupa have been announced as part of an initial ten-strong line-up of local and visiting health and education expert panellists for this year’s Jersey Institute of Directors (IoD) Annual Debate.

Entitled ‘Health and Education: time for a big re-think?’, the event, sponsored by law firm Carey Olsen, will take place on Thursday 17th September from 4.45pm at the RJA&HS and is set to examine productivity, efficiency and innovation in Jersey’s health and education sectors.

Split into two sections, the event will explore whether Jersey needs to adapt its health and education models, whether they currently mirror the UK too closely, and whether Jersey’s approach is sufficiently innovative to ensure a positive future for islanders and local businesses.

Sitting on the ‘Education Panel’, analysing issues such as the role of education in supporting economic growth and how education models in other jurisdictions might be applied in Jersey, will be Deputy Rod Bryans, Minister of Education, Justin Donovan, Jersey’s Director of Education, Amanda Spielman, Chair of Ofqual, Ann Haydon, Principal of Surbiton High School, and Bob Cook, Education Consultant and former Headmaster of Victoria College.

Meanwhile, confirmed so far for the ‘Health Panel’, which will discuss issues including plans for a new hospital in Jersey and the opportunities within e-Health presented by technological advancements, are Senator Andrew Green, Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Garbutt, CEO of Jersey’s Health Department, Helen O'Shea, Jersey Hospital Managing Director, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, Chairman of the Private Healthcare Information Network and former Group Medical Director for Bupa, and Paul White, senior consultant and former CEO of BT Health London, Barts and the London NHS Trust.

The event will once again be moderated by news broadcaster Alastair Stewart OBE, presenter of a range of news and current affairs programmes including the ITV Evening News, Lunchtime News and News at Ten. Having moderated the event for a number of years now, Alastair is familiar with the issues facing the local economy and islanders.

IoD Jersey Chairman Wendy Dorman, said:

"This is an ambitious Debate this year, getting right to the heart of two areas that are of key importance to businesses and local residents, so I’m delighted that we have managed to assemble such a stellar line-up of experts to guide our discussions. Their collective experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we discuss whether and how Jersey should be bolder and more creative in its approach to two areas that featured so prominently in the Medium Term Financial Plan, education and healthcare.”

Alex Ohlsson, Managing Partner of sponsor Carey Olsen, added:

“The Debate has a long tradition of attracting key personnel who can guide discussions and inform local opinion, and the individuals taking part as panellists this year, who are thought leaders in their areas, maintains that tradition very strongly indeed. There’s no doubt that Jersey’s needs in both the health and education sectors are changing rapidly and it is important we are open to new and alternative ideas as we plan for the long term.”

The Jersey IoD Annual Debate, which ordinarily attracts an audience of over 500 people, takes place on Thursday 17 September 2015 at the RJA&HS from 4.45pm – 9.45pm and is open to all islanders, including IoD members, non-members and politicians. Places cost £80 per person, including a supper, whilst a table of 12 can also be booked via the IoD Jersey Branch Officer on 610799 or Further information is available at, the IoD Group on LinkedIn and by following @iodjersey on Twitter.