Frances Wadsworth is set to be appointed as the interim FE Commissioner, FE Week can reveal.

The former college principal and one of six current deputy FE Commissioners will take over from Richard Atkins at midnight until his permanent successor is in post.

The government said this afternoon that an announcement on the new full-time FE Commissioner will be made “shortly”.

Wadsworth currently sits on the board of Ofqual and has worked in further education for over 20 years.

Her previous roles include principal of Croydon College, as well as principal of East Surrey College.

She became a deputy FE Commissioner in May 2018.

Today is Atkins’ last day as FE Commissioner after more than four years in post. You can read his final interview as commissioner here.

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