MidKent College acting principal Simon Cook is to continue in the role until August next year following the death this summer of Sue McLeod, it has been announced.

Mr Cook was appointed acting principal in July after the death of mum-of-one Ms Mcleod at the age of 53.

College governors have ruled that he will remain in the post until next summer to “allow the college the space and time to settle after losing Sue.”

Ms Mcleod, who joined the college as a travel and tourism lecturer in 1993 before climbing the ranks to deputy principal and then principal, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour the month before her death.

Mr Grix’s contract as part-time chief executive and the College’s chief accountable officer will also be extended to August 2016. It is planned to advertise for a permanent principal at Easter next year.

Governors’ chair Sheila Potipher said:
“We feel that this option will allow the college the space and time to settle after losing Sue and is the best strategy for ensuring our
future success.

“With our highest-ever enrolments this September, we are looking forward to a bright positive year ahead for our students and staff.”

A restructure of the executive and senior management teams at Abingdon-based independent learning provider Qube Learning has resulted in Joe Crossley’s appointment as commercial director.

Mr Crossley said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to work for Qube. I’ve been involved with them in several capacities over the last three years and look forward to working with the rest of the executive and the management team to support the business to achieve its goals in
the future.”

Debbie Gardiner, chief executive at Qube Learning, which was rated as good by Ofsted at its last inspection, in 2010, said: “I’ve known Joe for some time and am absolutely delighted that has decided to join Qube.”

She added: “Joe will work closely with me and the other directors to bring about change and continuous improvement across the organisation.”