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Jeff Chadd has been appointed assistant principal and head of sixth form at Barrow Sixth Form College, as it undergoes a merger with Furness College.

Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form College, in Cumbria, merged in August as a result of recent area reviews. They will form one partnership, but still retain their separate sites and identities.

There will also be a whole new executive structure, with Mr Chadd based at the Rating Lane campus in Barrow.

Mr Chadd has worked at the sixth form college for 22 years teaching languages, and is the former deputy principal.

The board of governors has also seen changes following the merger, with four governors from the sixth form moving to the new board – which will hold its first meeting in November.

Speaking of his appointment, Mr Chadd said: “Under a merged college we have the opportunity to expand the curriculum to keep pace with what students and employers are looking for.

“My aim will be to strengthen that offer to ensure we best meet the needs of young people, adults and employers through excellent education and skills training.”

Meanwhile, David Gallagher has been appointed as commercial director at training course provider, Babington Group.

Founded in 1974, the group provides training across a wide range of sectors, covering everything from accounting to hairdressing.

The company’s mission statement says it wants to inspire ‘everyone to realise their full potential by providing training and opportunities to improve quality of life, and thereby create a better future’.

Prior to his new role, Mr Gallagher was managing director of Employment and Skills Innovation Services, a consultancy business which he set up in 2012 – and now plans to sell. The business supports local enterprise partnerships, training organisations, employers and sector bodies to innovate within the education, employment and skills markets.
In his new role, Mr Gallagher will be leading on growth across the business, with an emphasis on the government’s apprenticeship reforms, and how these changes will impact the sector.

Speaking of his new appointment, he said: “Babington are real pioneers and have a genuine passion and belief in making that difference. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and to help build on the collaborations and knowledge that is already taking place.”

Specialist education and care provider the Aurora Group has appointed Kathryn Rudd OBE as its new managing director of adult services.

The Aurora Group is a provider of education and care services for children, young people and adults with special needs, and has adult care homes in both Cambridge and Bristol.

Prior to accepting her new position, Ms Rudd was at the National Star College in Cheltenham, where she worked for 16 years. In 2015, she and the rest of the senior leadership team at the college were the Association of Colleges Beacon Award Winners for Outstanding Leadership of Improvement.

She is also the chair of the National Association of Specialist Colleges.

In her new role, Ms Rudd will oversee the adult services team across the company’s growing group of schools, colleges, transition services and adult care homes.

Speaking of her new role, she said: “This was a real opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of thousands of young people and adults across the UK.

“We will be enabling people to build on their strengths and will be putting the individual, not the disability, first.”


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