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The chief executive of City College Brighton and Hove, Nick Juba, has been appointed as CEO designate following a proposed merger with Northbrook college.

Mr Juba will take on the role in addition to his responsibilities as CEO of City College, while decisions regarding whether the merger will happen are finalised; the ultimate decision will be made in December.

As CEO designate, he will oversee planning in the pre-merger phase, and at the point of merging will become CEO of the newly combined organisation.

In his new role, Mr Juba plans to develop a five-year strategy for the new organisation, alongside building a culture and set of values to unify the new college, which will span five different campuses.

Speaking of his appointment, he said: “I’m not sure we do enough in FE in terms of innovating with our curriculum.

“There’s a real opportunity for us to do something that provides a genuine alternative to the traditional A-level and university route and that’s something that I’m really excited about doing.”

Prior to taking up his role as CEO of City College, Mr Juba held a number of director-level roles across the higher and further education sectors, and served as a senior civil servant in the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.


Rob Kleiser has joined Learning Curve Group (LCG) as an executive director.

The training provider based in County Durham specialises in education and training for FE providers, employers and learners.

Mr Kleiser takes up the role from his previous position as vice principal for business development at Newcastle college, a role he has held since 2012.

During his time as vice-principal, he led on developing external relationships to positively position the college with employers and stakeholders.

Prior to this, he was head of curriculum at North Hertfordshire college, and held responsibility for strategic planning and implementation of provision.

In his new role he hopes to “capitalise on the upcoming opportunities around adult skills”, with a particular focus on supporting levy-paying organisations and exploring opportunities to use their apprenticeship levy to deliver effective workforce solutions.

He will also focus on “driving additional business growth” across the company’s training division and for its FE partners.


Jessica Herbert has joined Askham Bryan college in York as the new head of horticulture.

The college is the largest provider of specialist land-based further education in England, and opened in 1948 as the Yorkshire Institute of Agriculture.

Before her new role, Ms Herbert was programme co-ordinator at a Northamptonshire college for nine years. In the role, she oversaw a number of disciplines, including agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture and general education.

She says she is most looking forward to “developing the college’s horticulture courses further” and working with other departments to improve the college’s environmental credentials.

Speaking of the new role, she said: “I want our students to have the absolutely best horticultural training there is, and to feel proud to have trained at Askham Bryan College.

“We will focus not only on the quality of the courses but also on making the most of the college’s resources.”

Ms Herbert began her career in education after gaining a National Diploma in Horticulture with Arboriculture at distinction as a mature student. She then worked as an arborist before being persuaded to teach at the college where she trained.

Outside of work, she has represented the UK in the World and European Tree Climbing Championships, and plans to use her contacts gained through this to help her students find work abroad.


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