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Peterborough Regional College appoints Rachel Nicholls as Acting Principal


Peterborough Regional College has today appointed Rachel Nicholls to the role of Acting Principal.

Rachel will bring important skills and experience, including curriculum expertise, that will be instrumental in delivering the College’s quality improvement plan. She will take up the position on 5 December, following  on from Vice-Principal Peter Walker who has been acting in the role since October.

Rachel has held the role of Deputy Principal at New College Stamford since September 2015. She has more than a decade’s experience at senior levels in college organisations, and holds an MSc in Leadership and Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. New College Stamford is a high performing college with a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

Ian Jackson, Chair of Governors at Peterborough Regional College said: “We’re delighted that Rachel is able to come and join Peterborough Regional College. She will be a great asset to us as we drive forward our focus on improving our curriculum and increasing the quality of our offering to students.

“This move came about as part of our ongoing discussions with New College Stamford, who have been a great support to us in recent months. Rachel’s willingness to join us in an acting capacity is hugely valuable, as appointing a Principal with the normal notice period would likely mean waiting until the summer term. This way, we have strong leadership in place straight away to achieve our goals.”

Janet Meenaghan, Principal of New College Stamford, said: “We have a longstanding working relationship with Peterborough Regional College, where we often share insights and collaborate for mutual benefit. Rachel has played a key role in driving improvements at New College Stamford, and she is keen to use her skills to benefit students in Peterborough. We are pleased to support this arrangement and will continue to seek other ways our organisations can work together.”

New College Stamford has appointed Alison Fox, current Assistant Principal, to the temporary role of Vice Principal in response to Rachel’s secondment.


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Published 30 November 2018.