Edition 133: Bob Pattni, Dinah Caine, Stewart Till & Ivan Dunleavy

Edition 133: Bob Pattni, Dinah Caine, Stewart Till & Ivan Dunleavy

Cambridge Regional College has appointed a new deputy principal to head finance and corporate services.

Bob Pattni is a former chief operating officer at Birmingham Metropolitan College and qualified accountant with more than two decades’ experience in education.

He has been appointed to help lead and grow the college’s core business of vocational qualifications and apprenticeships as well as its commercial activity.

“I love working in education because it is so innovative, and this is a very forward-thinking college,” said Mr Pattni.

“It works closely with employers to enrich the lives of learners to provide an environment that is full of opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Creative Skillset, the creative industries’ skills body, has announced that chief executive Dinah Caine CBE will leave her post to become its board chair.

She will replace Stewart Till CBE who completes his five-year term as chair following his previous terms as vice chair.

Two further appointments in Pinewood Group chief executive Ivan Dunleavy and Endemol Shine Group chief executive Sophie Turner Laing have been made to the executive board, while the search for a new Creative Skillset chief is under way.

Mr Till, who will be replaced when Ms Caine’s replacement has been appointed, said: “I’m delighted that Dinah remains with Creative Skillset. She has led the organisation since it was a small scale operation and brought the importance of skills and public/private creative partnerships to the heart of Government thinking and industry practice.

“We’re delighted that she will continue to play a key role going forward.

“Our new board members, Ivan and Sophie bring huge expertise and experience from the top of the industry and will be a massive asset to Creative Skillset.”

Ms Caine, Creative Skillset chief executive since 1992, said: “What is wonderful about our Creative Industries is that they never stand still and constantly re-invent themselves. Creative Skillset is doing the same. I am delighted to have been asked to chair the Creative Skillset board, which is made up of such high calibre industry leaders. I am looking forward to continuing to work to strengthen our partnerships with Government and to supporting the new chief executive as they lead the organisation forward into the next exciting stage of its development.”

Mr Dunleavy said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be joining the board of Creative Skillset. The issues around skills and training have never been more important for our industries.”

Ms Turner Laing said: “The training and skills agenda plus promoting the diversity of our industries has always been vital to their growth and is a great interest of mine. I’m thrilled to be joining the board of Creative Skillset to support the great work that it does in this area”.