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New College Swindon confirms appointment of new CEO

New College Swindon has confirmed the appointment of Leah Palmer as its new principal and CEO.

Leah had been acting CEO since her predecessor Carole Kitching announced her retirement in August 2023 and was deputy CEO from October 2022.

She was previously deputy principal at Weston College in Somerset and assistant principal at Fareham College, Hampshire.

“I am absolutely delighted to be leading New College Swindon on our journey to excellence as the new principal and CEO,” said Leah.

“I have worked in further education for 35 years and fully understand the powerful impact education has on the lives of those who want to develop and invest in their future.

“I am a product of further education so I am a testament to the impact that FE and its dedicated staff have on future careers”.

Martin Wyn Griffith, chairman of the board of governors, said: “Leah has already started to make the changes needed to improve our students’ experience and enhance the quality of what we deliver to them.

“The board is keen to make sure that we improve rapidly and sustainably ensuring what we provide in terms of education and learning is of the highest standard.”

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