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Lizann Lowson has been appointed assistant principal for further education at City of Bristol College.
She joins from her previous role as head of young people at Hull College Group, where she lead the further education curriculum for 14 to 19-year-olds.
She brings a total of 13 years’ experience in FE to the role and speaking of her appointment, said: “I am pleased to have joined the college at such an exciting time and look forward to supporting my team to ensure student progress and progression remains a key priority.
“I am excited about working with colleagues and getting to know the teachers and employers who support our students to achieve their aspirations.”
Paul Graham has been appointed director of business and curriculum at Northern Skills Group, the apprenticeship and training arm of Middlesborough College.
Northern Skills Group work with over 1,000 businesses across the North East and Yorkshire, delivering training programmes and assisting with apprentice recruitment.
Formerly the director of business and education at the Yorkshire-based college, Mr Graham’s new role will involve building relationships with businesses across the north of England, and consulting about opportunities available through the apprenticeship levy.
Speaking of the levy, he said: “There are so many permutations of apprenticeships, including disciplines and how they’re structured. We want businesses to know the options available to them. It’s my job to listen to their needs and establish solutions that will ultimately help them grow.”
There have been two new appointments to the top-level management team at the Shropshire-based Telford college of Arts and Technology (TCAT).
Ian Clinton has been appointed interim principal at the college.
Mr Clinton, who has an OBE for services to further education, previously served as an interim principal at colleges in Stockport and Stafford. He will guide TCAT towards its merger with the neighbouring New College Telford.
In the role he says he has plans to regain the college’s reputation as “a good, strong and people-centred organisation, dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals and our employer partners”.
“We have a forward-looking and dynamic new board, our campus is modern and well equipped, and I have colleagues in both lecturing and support roles who are committed to ensuring that every student, employer and partner organisation receives the very best we can offer,” he said.
Paul Hinkins has been appointed chairman of the TCAT board.
He first joined the board in 2013, and will take up the role alongside his current position as chairman of the Marches Growth Hub’s Telford business board, which offers hot-desk facilities, meeting rooms for hire and space for business advisors to hold face-to-face meetings.
Mr Hinkins says he is “delighted to have taken over the college chairmanship at such an exciting time”, adding “We have the opportunity to make sure that our offer exceeds the needs of our students, parents and businesses.”
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