Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

John McNamara, Interim CEO, the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Start date: December 2017
Previous job: Managing director, Innovate Awarding
Interesting fact: John was a qualified pilot in the RAFVR at university, three years before he took his driving test.


Bill Meredith, Acting principal and CEO, Bishop Burton College

Start date: October 2017
Previous job: Deputy principal, Bishop Burton College
Interesting fact: Bill is an avid collector of early 20th century commercial poster art.


Daniel Sydes, Principal designate, North East Futures UTC

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Vice principal, UTC Reading
Interesting fact: Daniel first got into computer science aged 11 – designing his own stickman version of the Legend of Zelda game in Quickbasic on his step-dad’s MS-DOS PC.


Angela Foulkes, Acting chief executive and accounting officer, the Sheffield College

Start date: November 2017
Previous job: Principal, the Sheffield College
Interesting fact: Angela’s hobbies include baking – she made seven Christmas puddings in one go last weekend.


David Clasen, Finance director, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Executive director, Clasen+Co.
Interesting fact: David is fluent in French and is also a semi-professional singer.


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