After nine years of dedicated service to Walsall College as Governor, five of which were as Chair of the Corporation, Brian Lowe has stepped down from the post. During his term as Chair, he has overseen the most transformational period in the college’s history and was pivotal in the achievement of an Outstanding Ofsted inspection in February 2013.
Vice Chair, Allan Pinnegar has been appointed new Chair with a clear focus; to continue to take the leadership of the college from strength to strength.
Allan was born in Bristol and trained as an Architect at Birmingham School of Architecture where he qualified in 1981, becoming a partner in practice in 1983.
He set up Pinnegar Hayward Design in 1992, as founding partner, undertaking a mixture of architectural projects ranging from industrial, commercial, residential, and educational, and in particular work in the further education sector. It was this work which gave him an insight into the major impact further education can have on society that ignited his passion for the sector.
Allan has lived in Walsall for over thirty years with his wife and four children and has proudly adopted the Black Country town in his heart. One of his daughters also attended Walsall College.
With a keen desire to give something back to the community, Allan became an Associate Governor, before being appointed to Corporation in March 2011. In July 2014 he was elected Vice Chair of the Corporation.
Allan said: “On behalf of the Corporation, college staff, students and stakeholders, I wish Brian an enjoyable retirement and thank him for all he has done for the college. My mission is to take forward his legacy and ensure Walsall College continues to have an outstanding focus on the local community it serves and encourage more young people and adults to use education as a means to improve their lives.”
Allan’s general interests include going to the theatre, walking, playing golf and enjoying family life.