Edition 118: Mark Pendlington, Nikos Savvas, Jacquie Mutter, David Hall, Ray Snowdon and Louise Morritt

West Suffolk College principal Dr Nikos Savvas has been appointed to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (Lep) board.

Dr Savvas, who has led the college since September last year, will be the voice of FE colleges across Norfolk and Suffolk on the board. He is also a board member for University Campus Suffolk, ACER — the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region and chair of the New Anglia Colleges group.

“The New Anglia Lep for Suffolk and Norfolk is one of the most active, successful and forward-looking in the country,” he said.

“Its commitment to education is outstanding and I am honoured to have been appointed to the board.”

Mark Pendlington, chair of New Anglia Lep, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Nikos to the Board. This recognises that our FE colleges are fundamental to the success of our economy, to improving skills and to inspiring young adults to work in the world leading sectors and companies based here.”

Meanwhile, Jacquie Mutter has gone from acting chief executive of a year to the permanent role at awarding organisation (AO) OCN London, where she has worked since 1995.

“I look forward to the opportunity to build on our social agenda, maximise the opportunities that technology offers in supporting the delivery of our qualifications and enhance the partnerships we have built with our centres during the 25 years since we approved our first access course,” she said.

Further AO sector change has taken place at Country Durham-based One Awards with the appointment of David Hall as new chair of the trustees’ board.

He replaces Ray Snowdon, who has been a trustee since 2006 and led the board from 2011.

One Awards chief executive Louise Morritt said: “David is a very inspiring leaderwith passionate ideals and beliefs in education that closely match our own, along with a wonderful, can-do attitude. We are immensely pleased to have him as our new chair.”

She added: “Ray has provided consistent support to me throughout his time at One Awards and has been a resounding success with all of the staff. Despite his own work commitments he made an effort to get to know the staff team and become a very valued member. His contribution over eight years has been impressive, leading with enthusiasm, passion and importantly a sense of humour. He will be missed by all at One Awards.”