Shrewsbury College Principal Returns to his Southern Roots

Shrewsbury College Principal Returns to his Southern RootsShrewsbury College Principal, Steve Wain, has announced that he will be taking on the new challenge of running Swindon College as Principal/CEO from August 2016.

“I have spent four enjoyable years leading Shrewsbury College,” comments Steve Wain. “During that time we have undergone a period of transformation which included the College’s best ever inspection grade and significant growth in student numbers.  Applications for next year are high, which underlines how far the College has progressed in recent years.

“I have loved working with a great team of kind, generous individuals who are passionate about educating and helping students of all ages. Deciding to leave has been a very difficult decision, particularly after having been asked to lead the two merged Shrewsbury Colleges. In the end the prospect of the new challenge at Swindon College was one I felt I had to take and I am relishing the opportunity to work with a new team of great colleagues at another high-performing college”.

Moving to Swindon will return Steve to the south of England where he will be closer to family, a significant factor in his decision.

“Shropshire is a wonderful county, however for me it was just a little far from my family and I spent a lot of my time travelling. It will be nice to be in the south again, where I have spent most of my life so far.”

Steve has made a significant contribution to Shropshire since joining the College in 2012. In addition to being Principal at the College, his external commitments also include being a Trustee for Shrewsbury Town Football Community Trust and a Board Member for both The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and The Shropshire Business Board.

Vice Chairman of Shrewsbury College, Michael Willmot adds: “It is with regret that the governors have accepted Steve’s resignation.  They have appreciated greatly his leadership over the past four years in which great strides have been made in developing the College’s links with external agencies such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, with local employers, with other education providers and with community groups.  In that time student recruitment has increased, Ofsted grading has improved, management information has been enhanced and the financial health of the College strengthened.  In all, the College’s reputation has been significantly raised and, with innovations such as the Agency, students better served.

“The governors thank Steve for all he has achieved during his time at the College and wish him well in his new role.”

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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