Northumberland College is sad to announce that following a serious accident that resulted in major surgery, and with another operation anticipated in the next three months, our long standing well respected Chair of Governors, Jacqui Henderson CBE, is to step down from her position.
Jacqui has been an active member of the board for seven years and took on the role of Chair of Governors in 2012. Seen as a trailblazer and one of the country’s leading figures in training, skills and education, Jacqui’s passion for the industry spans all aspects of the sector.
Jacqui was a former full-time student at the college before attending Newcastle Polytechnic to achieve her lifelong ambition to be a teacher.
She has a track record of success and service, particularly in the public sector working in senior executive positions in colleges and the Northumberland Training and Enterprise Council in the North East. Jacqui also worked in London as Chief Executive of TEC National Council where she worked closely with a number of Secretaries of State and Senior Ministers before going on to be the first Regional Director for the Learning and Skills Council in Greater London.
Other national roles included being a member of the DfES National Languages Advisory Group, Director of the Basic Skills Agency and Chief Executive of UK Skills, as well as many other voluntary roles such as Vice Chair of Newcastle University.
Jacqui received the Queen’s Award of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to education and training in January 2001, the President’s Award for Services to Black and Ethnic Minority Business Women, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sunshine Club and more recently was made an Honorary Fellow of Newcastle University.
FE Commissioner, Richards Atkins CBE, wished to add the following statement: “Jacqui Henderson has made a huge contribution to the further education and skills sector both in the North East region and nationally. Through her leadership roles with Training and Enterprise Council’s, Learning and Skills Council’s and as Chair of Governors at Northumberland College, Jacqui has overseen the development and improvement of apprenticeships, training programmes and college courses that have transformed learning opportunities for young people and adults.
“I was very sorry indeed to hear she had recently suffered a serious injury and I wish her a full and speedy recovery. I know how important Northumberland College is to Jacqui and it must have been a difficult decision for her to resign from the board so that she can complete a full recovery”
Jacqui commented: “This is a pivotal time for Northumberland College and because of my accident I am not able to give the full attention it requires in the role of Chair.
“It is with sadness that I step down from this key position and wish the College and all of the wonderful staff a bright future.
“Northumberland College, and its continued success and achievements will always have a big place in my heart and I am confident it will continue to play an important role in supporting students, employers and the overall well being and success of the County.”
Ian Clinton, CEO and Principal of Northumberland College, added, “Everybody at the college would sincerely like to thank Jacqui and her family for their loyalty, dedication and hard work over the past seven years. She has played an integral and pivotal role in its success and has become somewhat part of our institution.
“She is Northumberland College through and through and has helped to champion every students’ success. We wish her well and the very best for the future.”
A board meeting will be held at the College on Thursday 20 December to elect a new Chair of Governors. For further information about Northumberland College please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk