A NEW head has been appointed to take the helm at Northumberland College.
The college, which includes a campus at Kirkley Hall near Ponteland, has appointed Laurel Penrose as Principal and Chief Executive.
Ms Penrose is currently Vice-Principal of Curriculum and Quality at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, where she has helped it gain an Oustanding rating from Ofsted, improve its success rates and secure a position in the top ten per cent of performance for GFE colleges.
Previously, she was Director of Learner Achievement at Stephenson College in Leicestershire and has held various lecturing posts.
She has a first class Honours Degree in Law and a Post Graduate Certificate of Management.
Ms Penrose said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Principal of Northumberland College.
“The current changes in the further education landscape offer great opportunities for FE colleges and I am looking forward to exploring these opportunities to lead Northumberland College to excellence.
“Northumberland College will work in partnership with the local community to ensure we deliver an excellent service, which meets the needs of all stakeholders.”
Chairman of Governors Robin Casson said: “Laurel brings with her a wealth of experience in the FE sector and a proven track record of excellence, which will support Northumberland College’s aim to become an outstanding college that meets the needs of the local community.”
Ms Penrose will take up her new post in May.