New Deputy Principal joins Warwickshire College Group

New Deputy Principal joins Warwickshire College GroupWarwickshire College Group have welcomed Andrew Cropley to the college group as their new Group Deputy Principal (Curriculum) this week.

Andrew, aged 49, was most recently the Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development at The Sheffield College and Chair of the UTC Sheffield Governing Body and Academy Trust.

As the Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development at The Sheffield College, Andrew led the college’s response to policy changes and challenges, developed new streams of income, achieved rapid and sustainable growth in apprenticeships, managed the college’s reputation with stakeholders and positioned the college as a “thought leader” in response to developing Government policy.

Andrew led on the opening of a new, employer led university technical college (UTC) for 14-19 year olds in Sheffield in partnership with businesses and universities – which is the first in Yorkshire and the Humber, and is sponsored by The Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

This greatly enhanced employer engagement with The Sheffield College has earned Andrew a national reputation, often being invited to speak on a national stage. He also led on the development of a second UTC in Sheffield at the Olympic Legacy Park, which will open in September 2016.

Prior to his most recent role, Andrew was Local College Principal and Executive Director at The Sheffield College for three years. In this role he managed a large team dispersed across two sites in addition to managing Student Services across the whole college. During his time Andrew oversaw a 6% improvement in success rates, and amongst other achievements, improved retention through the introduction of a professionalised tutorial team.

Speaking this week Andrew Cropley said: “I’m thrilled to have joined Warwickshire College Group this week as their new Deputy Principal. Warwickshire College Group has an outstanding reputation for teaching and learning and some amazing facilities that provide a first class experience for thousands of students and apprentices each year across Warwickshire and Worcestershire. I am looking forward to working with the team to ensure that the Group is well placed to meet the challenges faced by the further education sector.”

Group Principal and Chief Executive, Angela Joyce, said: “We are delighted that Andrew has joined us. He brings much experience and will be a great addition to the team here at Warwickshire College Group.”

Before joining The Sheffield College Andrew served for 21 years in the Royal Navy in a variety of roles. These included Commanding Officer at the Defence School of Languages, Staff Officer for Personnel Development at Fleet Headquarters and Requirements Commander at the Directorate of Naval Training and Education. Andrew was also Chair of Don Valley UTC Academy Trust and Governor Sheffield Inclusion Centre. Andrew is married and has two children.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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