The Manchester College is set for a new principal next month.

Lisa O’Loughlin takes over from Jack Carney having joined the college in July last year as a vice principal, from Blackburn College, where she was deputy principal.

She starts in the post from November 1 and will work alongside Mr Carney until his retirement on December 19.

John Thornhill, group chief executive of The Manchester College, said: “The combination of Lisa’s leadership style, her experience, knowledge and track record in the sector and her passion for quality and the success of all learners, makes Lisa the ideal successor to lead the college forward on the next stage of our exciting development plans.”

Sue Murphy, governors’ board chair, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa O’Loughlin as principal of The Manchester College.

“On behalf of The Manchester College’s board of governors, I’d like to congratulate Lisa on her new role and I look forward to working with her. This is an important and exciting appointment which I believe will be exactly what is needed to take the college forward at this point. Lisa shares the board’s passion for the college’s continued success and dedication to its mission.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jack Carney, for his long service and contribution to the college. He has worked tirelessly to raise aspirations, improve lives and support learners from all backgrounds to achieve.”

Meanwhile, the man charged with unifying Ofsted’s FE and skills inspection regime with all other education sectors is to step down from the education watchdog at the end of the year.

Mike Cladingbowl, national director of inspection reform, will be leaving his post on January 1 to become executive principal of a new multi-academy trust in North West England.

It is understood that until then he will continue working on proposals to merge all education inspections under a single framework from September next year, just three years after the current FE and skills common inspection framework (CIF) was introduced.

He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my national role with Ofsted and being able to make a real difference to education standards in England over the last 12 years.”

He added: “This is the right time for me to be taking on a new challenge. I’m very excited to be returning to my roots in Cheshire and being more directly involved in making a difference in schools. Before that, I still have a big job to do steering through Ofsted’s forthcoming consultation on the future of education inspection.”