New LEA Governor Appointed

Ben Julian with his wife Zoe

The Council has appointed a new, Off-Island Governor to the Local Education Authority.

Ben Julian from St Martin’s was voted into the role, which became vacant following the resignation of former Governor, Jon May.

Ben is co-owner of the successful Scent from the Islands flower business at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s and has two children aged 10 and 8.

In recommending him for the role, Councillor Chris Savill said he would “bring significant experience and knowledge to the Governing Body, particularly in the areas of finance and communication.”

The other candidate, Amy Langdon of Bryher, was highly commended by Councillors, with Richard McCarthy saying it was a tough choice between two very good candidates.

Councillor McCarthy said it was a shame both candidates couldn’t be appointed as the Off-Islands had been under-represented on the Governing Board in recent years.

Ben told ScillyToday he was delighted to have been elected to the role. He said it was “essential” to get Off-Island representation on the Board as around 25% of the Five Islands School population came from there.

He added he was looking forward to taking up the role and getting to grips with the issues facing the Governing Body.

Chris Savill thanked Jon May, the outgoing LEA Governor, for his valuable contribution to the Board over several years.