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Steven Foden has been appointed vice principal of the Worthing College in West Sussex.
The college achieved an Ofsted rating of ‘good’ in its most recent 2016 inspection, following a ‘requires improvement’ rating.
Mr Foden has served as interim vice-principal at the college since 2016, and now takes it up on a permanent basis with immediate effect.
He will be working closely with the college’s principal Paul Riley, whom he says he “relishes the opportunity to work with”.
He continued: “I am thrilled and very excited to have been given the responsibility that comes with being the vice principal of Worthing College. I’m relishing the opportunity to work with our principal and all the staff and students to create an exciting and dynamic place to work and study.”
Paul Amoo, the college’s chair of governors, added: “This appointment means the leadership of the college, from a governance and management perspective, is now in a strong position to take the college forward to reach its goal of becoming an outstanding educational establishment.”
The principal and chief executive of Gateshead College, Judith Doyle, has been appointed to the North East LEP’s business growth board to represent the FE sector.
The board works with public, private and education sectors across Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland local authority areas, and aims to create more jobs for the local economy.
Doyle has been principal of Gateshead College for almost four years. She first joined as a director of teaching and learning and worked her way to assistant and then deputy principal before taking her current job.
She said: “I am delighted to join the board and welcome the opportunity to work with such a great team of people who all share a passion and drive to help businesses grow and thrive in our region.
“A strong infrastructure of education, training and skills aligned to the needs of industry is crucial if we are to achieve our collective ambitions.”
Mark Thompson, the LEP business growth board chair, said: “Judith’s nationally renowned knowledge of the FE sector and proven experience of managing a large business will prove to be an invaluable asset to our board.”
The vice-principal of Chichester College, Julie Kapsalis, has meanwhile been appointed to the Institute of Economic Development’s board of directors.
The IED is a professional body representing economic development professionals from both the private and public sectors.
Ms Kapsalis has been co-opted to the board until November 2017, and plans to help build links with Local Enterprise Partnerships, and use her knowledge of skills in the role.
“We have to train young people to give them the skills needed,” she said.
“The government’s focus on apprenticeships and the new apprenticeship levy is an opportunity to harness growth in this area, but it will mean that colleges and universities have to become more commercially minded and agile in supporting the ever-evolving skills needs of businesses.”
Ms Kapsalis has been vice-principal at Chichester College for almost three years, where she oversees commercial business. She is also chair of the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a board member of the Coast to Coast Local Enterprise Partnership.
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