Chair of Hull College Group resigns amid spending concerns and FE Commissioner visit

The chair of the troubled Hull College Group has resigned.

Daf Williams (pictured) has left the post just hours after FE Week revealed the college’s new interim chief executive had launched an investigation into a £240,000 rugby stadium naming deal.

The FE Commissioner was set to go into the college today as his intervention continues.

The college has seen a number of changes in recent times with new governors joining the board and four interim bosses since the last permanent chief executive left in 2019.

A statement from the college said: “This new era for the college is a good time for the current chair of the board (Daf Williams) to hand over the reins.

“Daf has worked tirelessly giving his time voluntarily to the role of chair during the last two years but the current pandemic pressures mean that finding the elusive balance of his professional and voluntary role as chair has proved increasingly difficult to achieve.”

Current interim chief executive Lowell Williams added: “On behalf of the college and the board our sincere thanks to Daf, I have only worked with Daf for a month, but rarely have I met such a committed individual to the success of the college and wider city of Hull.

“I know that Daf will continue to play a huge role in his professional capacity in the future of Hull and the Humber.”

Daf Williams has been chair of Hull College Group since December 2018. His day job is the head of policy, communications and economic development at the Associated British Ports (ABP) in the Humber.

He is a former leader of City of York Council with other political experience having previously worked for MPs and ministers in Whitehall.

Prior to joining ABP, Daf Williams was head of corporate affairs for Yorkshire Water.


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