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Ken Dickens Resigning

It was announced at the end of April, that Ken Dickens had notified the board of his intention to resign as principal of the National Institute for Christian Education at the end of this year. This is a significant change to CEN and the National Institute after Ken’s 16 years of leadership and vision; both being instrumental to the shaping and growing of our organisation. Ken’s passion to lead teachers, young and old, towards deeper thinking and a transformed perspective is something we deeply treasure and respect. Although we are thrilled that Ken will continue to enlighten us and challenge us through his affiliation with the Institute, we are challenged by the change this new day brings. Please pray for the task force that is behind the recruitment of a new person for the National Institute to a newly developed role of Director of the National Institute for Christian Education.

Following is the communication from the CEN board to CEN members about Ken’s retirement:


Dear members of the CEN community,

We are writing on behalf of the National Board of CEN to advise you of some of the changes underway at CEN. It is with sadness and a sense of expectation that we announce the resignation of Ken Dickens as the Principal of the National Institute for Christian Education. Ken will conclude this role at the end of 2016, but we are thrilled that he will continue contributing to the CEN movement as an adjunct lecturer with the National Institute.  We will have the opportunity to farewell Ken appropriately at the AGM in 2017.

The Board of CEN and the National Institute have conducted a thorough review of the way in which NICE has been operating to ensure its long term future. As a result of the review, the Board has made the decision to appoint a full time Institute Director.  This person will be appointed to lead the Institute and develop and immediately implement a strategic plan for its long term sustainability in providing the rigorous intellectual stimulus that has helped our community of schools fulfil our vision and mission.

We envisage that this role will be filled by no later than January 2017. 

Gerry Beimers
CEN President

Michelle Dempsey

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