Northumberland College appoint Marcus Clinton as new Principal

Northumberland College appoint Marcus Clinton as new Principal  
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Northumberland College are pleased to announce that they have appointed Marcus Clinton as their new Principal and Chief Executive Officer.

Marcus, who has been the college's Vice Principal for Enterprise and Innovation and Kirkley Hall since 2010, will take up his new position on 1 November 2014.

The vacancy arose after former Principal and Chief Executive, Stuart Cutforth left Northumberland College earlier this month to take up the position of Principal at Chesterfield College, a large further education college in the East Midlands.

Jacqui Henderson CBE, Chair of Governors at Northumberland College said: "The College's Governing Body and I are looking forward to working with Marcus as our new Principal to take the college forward to deliver a more enterprising and innovative agenda and to continue to fulfil our ambitious aims and objectives.

"Marcus has 20 years of experience working in the education sector, as well as strong commercial experience. 

"During his four years at Northumberland College he has transformed our Kirkley Hall Campus, developing the curriculum offer to ensure an outstanding student experience and was pivotal in the development of the commercial activities including Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens and the outdoor activity centre."

Before joining Northumberland College, Marcus was Head of Faculty for Land-Based at South Staffordshire College's Rodbaston campus in Penkridge for 11 years.

Marcus said: "I am delighted to be appointed as Principal and CEO of Northumberland College.

"These are exciting times for the college and we are blessed to have such a wonderful staff and student community which has always been a hallmark of the college.

"Our priorities are very clear going forward, our focus will be resolutely on serving the communities of Northumberland and beyond. Delivering the right skills and training to ensure positive outcomes for our students, with high levels of employer engagement central to this.

"Northumberland is a wonderful county and we are committed to engaging with students of all ages wherever they live."

Marcus will continue to build on the good foundations that the college has established over the previous two years delivering high quality learning experiences, establishing excellent working relationships both inside the college with staff, students and the governing body and externally with a whole range of key stakeholders and partners.

The latest national league tables published by the government's Skills Funding Agency position the college as fourth best nationally for 16-18 long course student success rates and sixth best nationally for all age long course student success rates.

The college is nearing completion of the £9.5 million campus upgrade at its Ashington and Kirkley Hall campuses which has created over 5,000m2 of new and refurbished facilities for students and the community.


The photograph shows Principal Marcus Clinton and Chair of Governors Jacqui Henderson CBE at the college's Ashington Campus.