The Gov is on the hunt for a permanent Chief Executive Officer to lead the Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC).

Earlier this week, the DESC dropped its controversial Education Bill. It comes after former CEO Prof Ronald Barr left shortly after the arrival of Dr Alex Allinson as Minister.

The Department is looking for an inspirational leader with outstanding communications skills, who is capable of overseeing a period of transformation for the Education Service.

The successful candidate will lead a dedicated workforce and work closely with key stakeholders to deliver educational, sport and cultural services that directly impact the people of the Isle of Man. 

The Department has a budget of £115m and is responsible for:

  • 37 schools primary schools

  • 5 secondary schools

  • University College Isle of Man

  • Manx Sport and Recreation service

  • Gaiety Theatre and Villa Marina

  • The Isle of Man Arts Council

  • Manx Youth Service


Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘It is an exciting time for the Department as we continue to reset relationships with the teaching profession and deliver the best education, sport and cultural opportunities.

‘The successful candidate play a huge part in our transformation and make the Isle of Man an even better place to live, work and be educated.

‘We want to appoint an inspirational leader, who is capable of setting a vision for the department, and bring people together to deliver it for the benefit of all Island residents, and in particular our children and young people.’