Edition 99: Anthony Bravo, Robin Ghurbhurun

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Basingstoke College of Technology principal Anthony Bravo is to become chief executive of the Bradford College Group.

Mr Bravo, previously principal of Crossways Academy and director of development (vice principal) for City and Islington College for almost six years and five years, respectively, is expected to take up the new post from September.

He said: “I am truly energised by this exciting opportunity.

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Anthony Bravo

“I will build on the strengths of the Bradford College Group and bring a level of vitality and visibility that will ensure that the Group continues on its successful journey, ensuring enhanced economic and social impact in the region.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle College Group (NCG) deputy principal since 2011 Robin Ghurbhurun  will be the new principal of Richmond upon Thames College from August.

“My first priority is to consolidate and grow the considerable strengths of the college while working with the staff to deliver outstanding quality and new provision,” he said.

“I am looking forward to establishing Richmond upon Thames College as a college for careers with an outstanding reputation for services to learners and employers.

“Our college will be synonymous with being a great place to learn, to work and to do business with.”

Mr Ghurbhurun started his FE career at Weald College (now Harrow College) in 1994 as a lecturer in computing. He left in 1997 for East Surrey College and then Carshalton College in 2000.

He joined Lewisham College in 2003 before moving to City College Norwich in 2007 as director of innovation. He joined Newcastle College as deputy principal 2011.

He said: “I leave NCG, Newcastle College, with a spring in my step.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to work with such dedicated staff, their contribution to the overall impact on students is truly remarkable.

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Robin Ghurbh

“Professionally, NCG has challenged me to think differently, think big and to be ambitious for our learners.

“The relentless focus on detail, rigour and responsiveness to stakeholders ensures that we do things right and do the right things for our learners.

“The achievement that provides me with greatest satisfaction is the stewardship of the college during a significant period of transition in leadership and management along with tackling external challenges while throughout maintaining a strong financial base and improving the quality of provision.”