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

John Widdowson, chair, Workers’ Educational Association

Start date: July 2018
Previous job: Principal, New College Durham
Interesting fact: John had his heart set on a career in law. He fell into education by accident, after taking a teaching job at a college to earn some extra cash – and was hooked immediately


Karen Heaney, chief operating officer, NCG

Start date: September 2018
Previous job: Director of regeneration, Home Group
Interesting fact: Karen has more hobbies than you can count including playing the violin and digital piano, crochet, yoga, watercolour painting, golf and horse riding


Marion Plant, deputy chair, WorldSkills UK

Start date: September 2018
Previous job: Principal, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (she remains in post)
Interesting fact: Marion grew up in Zambia and is a qualified midwife who loves cross-country skiing


Mike Wilmot, chief finance officer, NCG

Start date: September 2018
Previous job: Director of finance, Parkdean Resorts
Interesting fact: Mike has been musical director for numerous musicals over many years working with both youth and adult groups

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