Principal and Chief Executive Officer

Job Roles:
CEO/Managing Director, Principal, Chief Executive Officer - FE related roles
Organisation Type:
Further Education
FE College
Contract Type:
Full Time
Subject Area:
South East
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
Up to £140,000 doe
10th Mar 2020
Start Date:
Brockenhurst College
Job Ref:

Principal and Chief Executive Officer
Brockenhurst College
Salary: Up to £140,000 doe
Brockenhurst, Hampshire
For January 2021

Brockenhurst College is a Further Education college in the heart of the New Forest. The College is the first choice sixth form for more than 2,700 school leavers across the region, as well as providing adult education and training across a variety of provision.

Known locally as Brock, the College was recently graded by Ofsted as GOOD. It has a proud tradition of excellence in teaching and learning that stretches back more than 100 years. From the red brick 1930s main building to the new STEM Centre, evidence of innovation in education over successive decades is clear to see.

Brock is far more than just a place of learning. On visiting, the strength and diversity of the College community very quickly becomes apparent, as does the fact that the learners are at the heart of everything. Central to this is Brock’s ethos of inclusivity. The College has a reputation for being somewhere where everyone is encouraged and supported to be the best they can, whatever their potential and ambitions.

Following fourteen successful years in post, the current Principal Di Roberts CBE is retiring in December 2020. She leaves the College in good heart with student recruitment on the up and stable finances. The College is poised to enter a pivotal era, which will be supported by the Government’s pledge of £1.8 billion capital funding for the FE sector over the next five years.

The Corporation Board believes that the incoming Principal will be in an excellent position to build on the College’s reputation and strengths. Whilst the Board is open-minded about the future priorities for the College, the incoming Principal will be charged with identifying ways in which the quality of provision across the College’s activities can be improved yet further, whilst retaining Brock’s core focus on inclusivity.

The Principal will need to understand and appreciate the role a college such as Brock plays in its local community and wider region and will be able to articulate a vision for how this role might develop further. This is an opportunity for someone who has excellent leadership capability and a track record of managing change and delivering sustained improvement. Critically, this person will have outstanding people skills and enjoy working in an environment where young people’s diverse talents and abilities are celebrated. This individual must demonstrate a strong commitment to the College’s values and champion diversity and inclusion at every level.

Whilst prior FE experience at senior leadership level would be advantageous, Governors also welcome applications from senior leaders who are not currently working in the sector but who demonstrate relevant experience in a different context. The Principal will inherit a strong, experienced and committed senior team and will work with a Board whose approach is to support and constructively challenge the executive.

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To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and completed equal opportunities form to by close of business on 7 April.

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks which includes an enhanced DBS check as well as providing proof of right to work in the UK.

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
Brockenhurst College
Tel: 020 3714 0963
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