THE PRINCIPAL of Warwickshire College is quitting just weeks after the college was accused of the ‘lavish spending of taxpayers money’.
Mariane Cavalli, who was also chief executive at the college, recently received a £50,000 pay rise and soon after announced she was taking a temporary leave of absence for undisclosed reasons.
The college – which has around 16,000 students – came under scrutiny from The University and College Union (UCU) after they discovered the hefty pay rise and found more than £500,000 had been given to the Gazelle Colleges Group – a group which Ms Cavalli co-founded in 2011.
It has not been confirmed whether the college will remain a member of the Gazelle group after its membership – costing £35,000 annually – expires at the end of this year.
A £3million shortfall in funding was recently announced by the college, leaving nearly 100 jobs at risk at college sites in Leamington, Warwick, Henley, Moreton Morrell, Rugby and Pershore.
A spokeswoman from the College said: “The principal and chief executive of Warwickshire College, Mariane Cavalli, is leaving her role at the end of August after nearly four years with the College rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
“Under her leadership, Warwickshire College became one of five founder colleges of the Gazelle Colleges Group, a growing group of leading colleges from across the country, committed to developing an entrepreneurial mindset in their students.”
Ms Cavalli will officially leave at the end of August although no reasons for her departure have been given.
The colleges former chair of governors Sue Georgious has been appointed as interim principal until a replacement is found later this year.