FORMER Borders director of education Ian Dutton has a new hat to wear for the next year – that of Moderator of the Presbytery of Jedburgh.
An elder at Kelso North and Ednam Parish Church, where he has been a member for 20 years, Mr Dutton, was installed as moderator last week in a ceremony that took place at St Mary’s and Old Parish Church in Hawick.
Mr Dutton, who takes over from Marina Brown, was the last director of education for Borders Regional Council before it became Scottish Borders Council in 1996.
A native of Morpeth who worked for Northumberland County Council for 20 years before his move to the Borders, Mr Dutton now runs an educational consultancy from his home in Stichill, where he lives with his wife Margaret, helping recruit teachers from eastern Canada for the UK labour market.
The main function of his new role as moderator will be to chair meetings of the presbytery, which, as well as those in Jedburgh, also covers churches in Kelso and Hawick.
“The presbytery streches from Teviothead in the west to as far as Hume in the north-east and down to Yetholm,” Mr Dutton told TheSouthern.
“The position of moderator lasts for one year,” he added.
Mr Dutton said he was honoured to be invited to take on the role of moderator. “I didn’t seek this position, but if people feel I can be of assistance doing this, then I am happy to do it if it helps out.”
On his educational recruitment interests, Mr Dutton explained that, while there is not a shortage of teachers in Scotland at the moment, the south of England is in a different position.
“There is a considerable shortage of primary teachers in the south of England.
“Teachers in Canada are very well trained and fit in well over here,” he told us.