Boss of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College to step down

The chief executive of one of London’s largest colleges has announced plans to leave at the end of the academic year to take up the same position at a much smaller college in the south west.

Garry Phillips will leave Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College in the summer in preparation for his move to City College Plymouth.

His decision is said to be for family reasons.

“I am sure you will join the board and myself in congratulating Garry and his family on their move to Plymouth,” chair of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, Anthony Alderman, told staff today.

He explained that the process for securing a new chief executive has started, and its HR team will “keep staff briefed on the process and it is important that this will involve students and staff”.

“The board has an ambitious programme for this college which we will see through and I acknowledge the hard work of staff under Garry’s leadership in contributing to our success,” he added.

Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, which has a £42.9 million turnover and ESFA contracts totalling £14 million this year, is one of the largest college’s in the capital.

It was supposed to merge with Kensington and Chelsea College but the controversial plans for this giant group were stopped in January amid outcry from Grenfell campaigners.

City College Plymouth has an annual turnover of £30.7 million and government skills contracts hitting just over £7 million in 2017/18.

Upon leaving, Mr Phillips told staff at the London college that he has “enjoyed” his time and the “many achievements we have made together as a team, not least achieving an Ofsted good”.

“I will continue to focus on our core business over the next few months and to ensure we grow and improve the college’s offer and provision,” he added.

“I would like to thank you all in advance for your support in what we have, and what we will continue, to achieve.”