A NEW Principal has been appointed to take Warwickshire College forward.
The troubled college – with sites in Leamington, Warwick, Henley, Moreton Morrell, Rugby and Pershore – has endured a turbulent year and was already looking to make savings of £3 million before the shock departure of £230,000 a year former principal Marianne Cavalli in the summer.
Angela Joyce is set to take up the post of group principal and chief executive next April. The 40 year-old currently holds the same title at Peterborough Regional College where she is credited with having led a transformation of the Cambridgeshire college since her appointment four years ago.
She said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Warwickshire College. As one of the largest and most respected college groups in the UK Warwickshire has an outstanding reputation for teaching and learning and some amazing facilities that provide a first class experience for over 16,000 students each year.
“I am looking forward to working with the team during this challenging time for FE to take the college forward into the future.”
Chair of Governors, Steve Wood, was confident Ms Joyce would lead the college forward.
He added: “She has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout her career to date and we know that she will bring a new dimension to Warwickshire College, ensuring the college group has a strong and successful future.”
Sue Georgious, who stepped in as interim principal following the departure of Ms Cavalli, will be staying on at the college.
Warwickshire plans to remain part of the Gazelle group – which currently includes 22 other colleges and costs £35,000 a year in membership – at least for the time being.
The group, which aims to develop new learning models and links with business, was co-founded in 2011 by former principal Ms Cavalli, and under her leadership the college paid £500,000 to the Gazelle group of colleges.
A spokeswoman from the college said: “Warwickshire College Group will remain a member of Gazelle for the foreseeable future and plans to renew our membership will be confirmed by the governing board at our next meeting.”