Leading charity sector figure to lead London’s largest college group

A leading figure from the charity sector will take the reins at London’s largest college group.

Roy O’Shaughnessy, who is currently chief executive officer of the Shaw Trust, will start his new role at the Capital City College Group next term. 

Outgoing boss Andy Wilson is retiring, but will stay on for the time being “to facilitate a smooth handover”.

The Shaw Trust is a national charity that helps transform the lives of young people and adults.

Shaw Trust provides specialist services to help young people and adults gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives. He has been The Shaw Trust’s CEO for the past six years, helping the charity to grow and diversify into a £250 million organisation with over 3,500 staff.

I am excited to be joining one of the UK’s largest college groups and look forward to meeting staff

“I am excited to be joining one of the UK’s largest college groups and look forward to meeting staff across the Group and its colleges,” Mr O’Shaughnessy, who is aged 62, said.

“I am sad to be leaving  Shaw Trust after a decade, but pleased that I leave it in great shape and on track to achieve its ambition of helping transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year by 2022.”

Alastair Da Costa, Chair of the Capital City College Group spoke of his delight at the announcement.

“Roy was the outstanding candidate during our extensive selection process,” he said.

“He has great leadership presence, is values-driven and has an ambitious and visionary sense” of how CCCG should develop its ambition.”

“It is an exciting time for CCCG, its staff, students and many stakeholders.

“I would like to thank our current CEO, Andy Wilson, for his role in leading the Group through its first two years.”

The Capital City College Group formed in August 2016 when City and Islington College merged with Westminster Kingsway College, rated grade one and two respectively. It also includes Capital City College Training, which was launched by CCCG earlier this year and provides around 100 apprenticeship programmes to organisations located in London.

The group has expanded again today, merging with the grade two-rated College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London.

Mr Wilson said he was “tremendously proud” of all the CCCG senior team, staff and governors and looks “forward to passing it in to such capable hands when Roy takes over the CEO role in September”.