New Chair of Governors For The Sheffield College

12th June 2013

A leading business expert has been appointed as the new Chair of Governors at The Sheffield College.

Richard Wright MBE takes up the position at the start of the new academic year in September. Richard is Chief Executive of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has held a variety of other high profile business roles including Managing Director at ATI Allvac between 2002 and 2007. He said: -Our ambition is to be one of the best city regions in the world and that relies on a steady stream of the right people with the right skills and the right work ethic. I am really impressed by the recognition of this within the College, and their increasing alignment to the region's needs. -The College has a massive responsibility to deliver the bulk of the employees in the city in the future, but we are up to that challenge. One role that the College does not get as much recognition for is its work with young people who have had a poor start in life, for example those not in education, employment or training who do not have any skills. -We get them back onto the ladder of life and equip them to succeed and contribute. This is challenging but really satisfying because it really tackles both social and cost issues at the same time. In business terms this is a return on investment activity. There are really good staff at the College and, because of that, its performance is improving all the time. We have solid plans to continue that. These will ensure that we will continue to be a college that the region is proud of. The Sheffield College delivers academic and vocational courses to approximately 20,000 students a year at five campuses around the city, contributing to workforce skills and supporting the region's economy. Richard's appointment coincides with an invitation from the College for expressions of interest from individuals wishing to join the Governing Body. Members' involvement, contribution and contacts will help the organisation to succeed in its mission of becoming an outstanding college following a positive Ofsted inspection report published last week. Richard takes over from David Waxman, who has spent his professional career within education and has served on the Governing Body for eight years. David has been Chair for the last two years and milestones achieved during that time include the College achieving a 'good' Ofsted grading last week, a significant jump in the overall student success rates and the forging of stronger employer and stakeholder partnerships in the city. David said: "It has been a great privilege to serve as Chair of Governors for the last two years when the College has become more dynamic, and made great strides forward as a major player within the city and the region. This has clearly been recognised in the recent positive Ofsted report." He added: "I'd like to encourage more volunteers to put themselves forward as potential Governors. It's a great time to become involved with the College, and further education in general. The Sheffield College is a very interesting institution to support because of its breadth of activity and the fact that it is always looking to be innovative. I wish staff and students there all the very best for the future, and am very confident that The Sheffield College will continue to go from strength to strength." Heather MacDonald, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: "I'd like to thank David for his dedication and support, and wish him well for the future. Governors' insight, skills, experience and ideas widen the College's strategic perspective and shape our future development. I am delighted to welcome Richard as Chair of the Governing Body. His business expertise will enable us to further build our students' knowledge and skills, and meet the future needs of businesses and areas for growth." Applications for the Governing Body are welcome from people in the private, public, vocational and voluntary sectors. Applicants should have a strong interest in education and the long term success of Sheffield and the Sheffield City Region, and in strengthening the College's role in the region. For more information about this voluntary role or to request a copy of the expression of interest form, contact Val Struggles, Clerk to the Corporation, on 0114 2602620 or email val.struggles@sheffcol.ac.uk. Applications should be returned as soon as possible as interviews are planned for early July. For more information about The Sheffield College go to www.sheffcol.ac.uk or call the hotline on 0114 2602600.

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