College gets a new man at the top

Stuart Cutforth
Stuart Cutforth
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NORTHUMBERLAND College has appointed Stuart Cutforth as its new Principal and Chief Executive.

He has a wealth of experience in the further education sector and his previous post was Deputy Principal at South and City College in Birmingham.

Mr Cutforth started his working life as an electrical apprentice with the National Coal Board, but has had a 33-year career in further education, working in seven colleges in positions ranging from Lecturer to Principal.

His first post was teaching electrical engineering at North Nottinghamshire College for nine years, before joining Halton College as a Senior Lecturer in microelectronics, where he was a key player in developing employer links and forged partnerships with major companies including ICI, Shell, Ford Motor Company, Bass Breweries and North West Water.

Mr Cutforth said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Principal of Northumberland College and I’m looking forward to working with its very talented staff.

“My role is to enable quality teaching and learning so that the needs of students are consistently met. I hope to build on the college’s many strengths to develop a culture of high standards, where performance and achievement flourish.

“This college has the capacity to grow and working in partnership with other local organisations, it can become everything that Northumberland and its communities deserve.”

Chairman of Governors Jacqui Henderson said: “We are delighted that Stuart has joined as Principal and Chief Executive. The wealth of skills, experience and knowledge that he has in the further education sector will help us forge new partnerships and strategic alliances.

“It is an exciting time to join the college and build on the very successful year we have had and as we embark on the Pathfinder process, we are looking forward to Stuart leading the college to deliver our vision.”