Movers and Shakers: Edition 171

Movers and Shakers: Edition 171

George Trow has announced his retirement as principal of Doncaster College after more than six years at the helm.

He will leave at the end of the summer term.

Mr Trow moved to Doncaster College in May 2010 during a time of trouble.

The college had been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in 2008 and was on the brink of financial failure.

In its most recent Ofsted report Doncaster College was rated ‘good’.

Chair of the corporation, Paul Pascoe, said: “George is an inspirational leader who has led the college from a position of difficulty to one where the college has real belief in itself, able to deliver the very highest quality to its students who are always at the very heart of all the college does.

“The college is now in a much improved and strong position in the business and local community and is seen as a key player in Doncaster’s economic future.”

Mr Trow joined Doncaster College from his position as principal of Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.

He has worked in a range of colleges for more than 30 years.

Meanwhile, Ioan Morgan CBE has joined Farnborough College of Technology as interim principal following the retirement of Christine Slaymaker CBE.

Mr Morgan has been a principal for 25 years in a number of different colleges, latterly at the Warwickshire College Group.

He said: “I am very proud and excited to have this opportunity to lead Farnborough which has a fine national reputation for high quality and financial strength.

“Challenges for all colleges lie ahead, but I am confident Farnborough will be ahead of the game and will, as always, have learners at the heart of all it does.”

Ms Slaymaker retired after working at the college for nearly 15 years.

She said she had “enjoyed” all of her time at Farnborough and paid tribute to the “hard working, diligent and professional staff who have achieved so much in terms of national accolades and plaudits but also for each and every individual learner who studies with us.”

And the Association of Colleges (AoC) has announced Ian Ashman, principal of Hackney Community College, as its president-elect.

Mr Ashman will take over from current president John Widdowson on August 1.

Having begun his career in FE in 1993, Mr Ashman has held a range of college posts across London, and has been a principal for more than 13 years.

He has been chair of the AoC London region since 2010 and is also a member of the London Enterprise Panel – Skills and Employment Working Group.

Commenting on his new position, Mr Ashman said: “I want to help the AoC continue to make the strongest case for the sector during a period of change.

“We need to ensure that colleges have a powerful voice in the coming year, particularly given area reviews, delegation of skills funding and financial pressures, alongside the transition to a new chief executive.

“I am looking forward to travelling around the country to visit colleges while working closely with the AoC team, to influence decision makers, to secure the best outcomes for our students, communities and colleges.”

The Department for Education (DfE) also announced this week that Jonathan Slater would take over from Chris Wormald as the head of civil servant.

Mr Slater, currently director general and head of the economic and domestic affairs secretariat at the Cabinet Office, will take up the role of permanent secretary at the DfE on May 3.

The news follows the announcement in January that Mr Wormald, who has been the DfE’s permanent secretary since March 2012, would be moving to the same position at the Department of Health.