A permanent principal is to replace Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College interim boss Dr Elaine McMahon CBE.

Garry Phillips , currently principal at New College Telford, takes over from July.

Garry Phillips

Garry Phillips

“It is an exciting time for the college and the sector and I am looking forward to working with colleagues and stakeholders in the community, particularly as the college is known for being innovative, responsive, student-centered and highly supportive of students to achieve their ambitions,” he said.

Dr McMahon, a former principal of Hull College, Harlow College and Salford College, and an ex-157 Group chair, was given the interim post in January following the retirement of former principal Paula Whittle at the end of last year.

Mr Phillips has worked in FE for 20 years at five colleges in both rural and inner city locations. He is also a member of the Education and Training Foundation’s expert panel for leadership, management and governance and on the Association of Colleges’ 14 to 19 portfolio group.

“I am passionate about ensuring that students of all backgrounds have sufficient and appropriate access to education, training and skills, and to give the local and national pupil/student population the tools to effectively contribute to their commerce and community,” he said.

And in the North East, Derwentside College is under the new leadership of Karen Redhead.


Karen Redhead

She has taken over the reins following the retirement of Albert Croney after eight years at the helm.

Ms Redhead held a number of senior roles over the last 20 years before being appointed as the college’s director of curriculum and quality and deputy principal in 2010.

Karen said: “The college has an excellent and well-deserved reputation for getting people into good jobs and for helping

Albert Croney

Albert Croney

employers to up-skill their workforces.

“We have developed some key strategic partnerships that were judged to be outstanding by Ofsted in our most recent inspection.

“I am looking forward to working with the senior team and our strategic partners to build on the many successes achieved to date and to realise our ambitious and forward-thinking plans for the future.”