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Bracknell and Wokingham College Senior management announcement

In January of this year, we announced that Bracknell & Wokingham College would pursue a merger with Activate Learning, with the ambitious merger date set for the 1st August 2018.

There are many benefits of this merger for learners, staff and the local community as a result of scale and depth of provision.

The project teams are working hard to ensure a smooth transition for all concerned, and one early dated requirement is a decision around the future leadership of our college, Bracknell & Wokingham as we move closer to a merged entity.

A decision has been made to delete the position of Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Bracknell & Wokingham College at the point of merger and replace this post with a Head of Campus which is the norm within the Activate Learning.

The current Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Christie CBE has agreed to a Bracknell & Wokingham Corporation proposal to step aside before the merger date to create space and focus on the college as a merged entity.

Campbell will be leaving on the 31st May 2018, to be replaced by an Interim Head of Campus, and as we look forward to the future, the Bracknell & Wokingham Corporation together with the management of Activate Learning are delighted to announce Paul Newman as the Interim Head of Campus for Bracknell & Wokingham College, Paul has many years’ experience in the FE Sector and is currently Head of Campus for Reading College as well as Executive Director Faculties for Activate Learning.  Paul will assume his new role effective June 1st 2018 and will be located at Bracknell & Wokingham College.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Campbell for his hard work and dedication in pursuit of re-energising the college to such an extent that its overall Achievement, Learner Satisfaction and Employer Satisfaction results have been the best in the Thames Valley region and its recent Ofsted inspection grading was ‘Good’ in all areas.  Campbell has also been an effective ambassador for the college. Highly visible in the college and in the wider community, he has helped to raise the status of the college so that it is truly at the centre of educational thought leadership with local employers, bodies of influence, parents and students.

I, on behalf of the Corporation of Bracknell & Wokingham College, wish him well for the future.

David Cook – Chair Bracknell & Wokingham College Corporation