It’s with the cliche but nonetheless present mix of sadness and excitement that I can announce that I will be leaving the Education Department after 7 years.

On June 15th I will start a new role as Software Solutions Architect in corporate services, allowing me to work across all of the directorates. It’s not a million miles away from what I do now, but it comes with a larger team and some exciting challenges as the team is set to grow massively over the next 12 months.

I always try to look forward for the next challenge and this is it; I’ve been doing a pretty cross-cutting role for the last 12 months, and the thing I’m sure of is that software is going to play a huge part in protecting jobs and services, and I want to be in a position where I can do something about that every day.

My time in Education has shaped me in all sorts of ways, from setting up the Swansea Edunet learning platform as a developer to eventually running the show and branching out on a number of other projects. It’s been a great time for the most part, the education department really came alive with a new Chief Education Officer a couple of years ago and that transformation will go from strength to strength as the latest incumbent galvanises the team with quality leadership. I’ve been so lucky with managers through my time in education from start to finish I’ve been supported, nurtured, even defended on occasion.

The team I leave behind are in the shape of their lives, and we’ve never been in a stronger position to develop future digital services for schools in Swansea. They will continue to make a hugely positive impact for all those associated with schools in the future and I know they are going to go from strength to strength.