Trevor Clay has been revealed as the new principal and chief executive of Chesterfield College.

“With over 1 million young people unemployed it is more important than ever that we give people the skills they need to gain employment,” he said.

“As such, I’m excited about taking the college forward as we look to our mission of equipping all of our students with the skills and knowledge for progression and employment.”

Mr Clay began his career at Ashfield District Council and spent the next 16 years in a variety of local government roles including; responsibility for the day to day cash flow of Nottinghamshire County Council, working in the Finance department of Nottinghamshire Police, preparing budgets at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic and then Principal Finance and Administration Officer at Derby City Council’s Leisure Services, even taking charge of Derby’s Cemeteries and Crematorium.

He joined Arnold and Carlton College in 1991 as the Director of Finance and became Head of College when it merged with New College Nottingham. He then moved to Chesterfield College in August 2000 as Director of Corporate Services and became Deputy Principal in 2008.

Mr Clay added: “We have a great team here at College and everyone will do their best to help people realise their potential, whether that be through apprenticeships, vocational training all the way up to degree level and beyond or via our comprehensive A level programme.”

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