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Furness College Governors

Merged college board of governors combines wealth of experience

Published on: Wednesday 18th January 2017
Categorised under: Learn , College, Education, Furness, Furness College, Stay

A college that recently merged to become the largest provider of education and skills training in Cumbria takes a step into the New Year with an experienced board of governors in place.

Furness College merged with Barrow Sixth Form College in August to offer an unrivalled subject choice for young learners with a commitment to high-quality provision for the local community.

The merger has seen the two colleges form one partnership but operate across the two campuses – Channelside and Rating Lane – with both retaining their separate sites and identities.

Four members of the Barrow Sixth Form College board of governors – Mike Phipps, Jan Fielding, David Schofield and Andy Cole – are now on the Furness College board.

In addition, three student governors have been appointed to represent the Higher Education, vocational education and academic education the college now offers. Chloe Limitsios, Dylan Hughes and Lorraine Falle were all appointed last month to the board and to sit on the learner experience committee.

Chairman of the board of governors John Butler said last year had been a milestone year for Furness College.

He added: “We successfully merged with the sixth form, were awarded chartered status for the quality of our education programmes, opened a state-of-the-art £4m advanced manufacturing and technology centre with world class facilities for our higher education students and have seen hundreds of students successfully complete our programmes and go on to the next step of their careers.

“Our new board of governors is now in place and we are delighted to retain the experience from the sixth form on our merged college board. Post-16 education in Furness is in very good hands.”

The senior leadership team at the college is now in place with Jane Ridyard, Helen Wharton, Jo Anson, Steve McAloone and Zee Walker continuing in directors’ roles under the new executive team structure. Sue Hannan has been appointed Assistant Director of Curriculum. They join Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Wren, Deputy Principal – Curriculum & Quality Mark Nicholson, Deputy Principal – Finance & Resources John Smith and Jeff Chadd, who is Assistant Principal – Head of Sixth Form.

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