Chief exec redundant with end of federation

The chief executive of a two-college federation has been told his position has been made “redundant” with the break-up of the organisation after just over 12 months.

Mike Hopkins stepped down as principal of Middlesbrough College to became chief executive of the newly-formed federation of Middlesbrough and Gateshead colleges in September last year.
However, two months ago the board agreed to disband the organisation.

In a joint statement Gateshead chair Robin Mackie and Middlesbrough chair Bob Brady said: “Following the decision to dissolve the federation, the position of chief executive is now redundant and Mike Hopkins has been released from his contract.

“We recognise Mike’s contribution in developing and launching the federation and wish him every success in the future.”

Mr Hopkins will also step down from his role as chair of the Principals’ Professional Council (PPC) this month (December).

Nick Lewis, PPC general secretary, said: “PPC has been very fortunate to have benefited from Mike’s energy and his experience of FE and we wish him the best for the future.”

Mr Hopkins was not available to comment.