14th June 2019
On Thursday 13 June 2019 the British Union Conference (BUC) Executive Committee, met for their quartly meeting. Amongst the many items on the agenda were two significant ones pertaining to the role of BUC Education director to replace Kathleen Hanson and to review and appoint the Mission Officers.
The BUC Education director plays an important role in overseeing the Adventist institutions within the BUC, working on educational policy and strategy, staff and governors’ training to name a few, and the committee voted to appoint Gina Abbequaye as the replacement. Speaking of her appointment John Surridge BUC Executive Secretary said, “Mrs Abbequaye has many years of experience as the headteacher at Hyland House School and also currently serves as the SEC Education director. We very much look forward to working with her at the BUC office.”
Kathleen, whose present role continues until 24 June, has worked within Adventist Education for 24 years in various capacities which have included that of Teacher, Deputy and Head Teacher. She has a great passion and vision for the work and has achieved much during her time as Education Director. All who work with Kathleen will testify to her professionalism and commitment to excellence. Speaking of Kathleen’s time in office, BUC President Ian Sweeney said, “I would like to thank Kathleen for her high quality of leadership and dedication. She has gone beyond the call of duty in her work and has raised the bar in establishing firm educational policies within the BUC.” John Surridge expressed his appreciation, by saying, “Kathleen’s work ethic in the office has been an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.”
Speaking of her new appointment Gina said,
“The education of our children plays an important role in the future of our Church. As parents, we have been given the privilege of being stewards of our children’s lives for a very short time, but the teaching and training we provide is eternal.” Gina shared a statement of her vision of Adventist education: