South Essex College of Further and Higher Education has appointed Angela O’Donoghue as its new principal and chief executive.

Ms O’Donoghue, currently principal of Sunderland College, is expected to begin her new role in August, ready for the start of the next academic year.

South Essex College is the largest college in the eastern region and has campuses across Basildon, Southend and Thurrock and offers everything from entry level courses to degrees and apprenticeships to its 17,000 students.

With nearly 30 years in education, prior to being principal of Sunderland College, a role which she has held for seven years, Ms O’Donoghue was previously the principal of Bsix Sixth Form College Brooke House, in Hackney.

Chair of the college’s corporation Richard Launder said: “The appointment comes at a time of considerable investment in new facilities, development of new courses and planned expansion.

“Angela’s significant experience and skills complement those of the excellent staff, and her appointment will be pivotal to these developments as we move forward as a lifelong learning education provider.”

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