Principal and Chief Executive and Chair designates announced for proposed new South Hampshire college

The Principal and Chief Executive, and Chair designates have been announced, in readiness to take up their posts should the proposed merger of Eastleigh College and Southampton City College go ahead in March 2019.

Jon Sendell is the current Chair of Eastleigh College and will retain his role as Chair to lead the new college board. Dr. Jan Edrich, currently Chief Executive and Principal of Eastleigh College is now Chief Executive and Principal Designate for the new college.

Jan Edrich said: “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to run what will be an incredible further education college for the communities of South Hampshire. The joint strengths of the two colleges will be an unparalleled powerhouse for further education, apprenticeships and skills training in the region.”

Jan has been with Eastleigh College since 2012 and came into further education as a lecturer, following a career in the telecommunications industry. During her time in FE, she joined the Civil Service working with colleges and training providers and then held a senior management post at Hastings College before joining Eastleigh College. Jan plans to bring her mix of commercial, financial and curriculum expertise, utilised in her current role, to the new position.

Sarah Stannard, Principal and CEO of City College said: “The proposed merger of City College with Eastleigh College would give me the opportunity to move on to my next challenge, knowing that City College will be in safe hands. Following 20 successful years in global industry, including six with PwC, I made the deliberate move to work in Further Education and use my skills in a sector that is vital to the success of the communities we work in and to the UK economy.

“I am most proud of these last five years as Principal and CEO of City College and this year has seen our highest intake of students for many years, best outcomes for employer satisfaction and a three year trend of improvement in student results. City College is in a good place as it merges with Eastleigh to create a powerhouse college for the region. I’m happy to move on as I love to build and this gives me the perfect opportunity to do this.”

Geraint Davies, Chair of the Board of City College, commented “This proposed merger ensures the long-term provision of Further Education in Southampton city centre, continuity for our students, and career development opportunities for our staff. Our recent investment in our campus means we will have the capacity to accommodate the increased breadth of courses the merger will open up to our students. I look forward to joining the Board of the new college, together with three of my colleagues and our staff and student governors.

“Sarah Stannard inherited many challenges when she took up the post of Principal at City College and she led the team to address those with energy and drive. If the merger goes ahead both colleges, and the new college, wish her every success.”

When asked to comment, Brad Roynon, Chair of the Southampton Cultural Trust, said: “Many of us have enjoyed working with Sarah, who has made a major contribution not only as Principal of City College but also as a Trustee of the Cultural Trust, as leader on the Education Forum and as a member of the Chamber’s Business Board. She has made friends of colleagues and is highly respected and valued. We thank Sarah for all that she has accomplished and hope, should the proposed merger go ahead, Sarah’s next stop will allow her to continue to be involved with the City.”

He added: “Now we look forward to working with Jan as she takes on her new role and we wish her every success, as she leads the merger of these two vital colleges.”

Jon Sendell, Chair designate for the new college said. “This proposed merger will create a college of technical and professional education in South Hampshire for 28,000 students annually and follows the Department for Education’s plans for restructuring the post-16 education and training sector through its national Area-Based Review process. We know the new college will really make a difference to the education offering to all communities in the area.”

“Should the proposed merger go ahead in March 2019, it will bring significant benefits to South Hampshire through sharing costs and combining the very best facilities and teaching environments.”

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