New Principal for Barnsley College

Barnsley College’s Governing Body has announced the appointment of Chris Webb to the post of CEO / Principal.

Chris has worked at Barnsley College for more than four years and is currently Deputy Principal for Finance and Development. It is anticipated he will move to his new role of CEO/Principal in late September after current Principal Colin Booth OBE leaves to take up his new post at Leeds City College.

During September, Chris will act as an interim CEO/Principal while the full transition in leadership takes place, ensuring a smooth changeover for the college.

Chris, 46, has 18 years’ experience in the education industry and before moving to Barnsley College worked as Deputy Principal at South Thames College and Director of School at Newcastle College.

Josie Thirkell, Barnsley College Chair of Governors, said: “We have developed an excellent college at Barnsley with great potential for the future. Following high levels of interest in the post we sought an exceptional talent from a strong cross sector field of leaders within the Further Education and broader public sector. We are delighted in Chris’s appointment and are confident that he will take Barnsley College forward on the next stage of its journey. We look forward to working with him. The senior team in Barnsley College will continue to deliver excellence for Barnsley and its neighbouring boroughs.”

Chris Webb said: “I am delighted and humbled to be appointed to the role of CEO/Principal of Barnsley College. At the heart of any successful organisation are fantastic staff and I am excited to be working with the best team at one of the best colleges in the country to shape education in the wider region. I am very much looking forward to working in collaboration with our wide range of stakeholders from schools, universities and employers to deliver excellent outcomes for all our students. I want to ensure that the college continues to be a positive influence in the development and future of the town.”

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