College gets new man at the helm

Stuart Cutforth
Stuart Cutforth

NORTHUMBERLAND College finally has a permanent principal and chief executive almost six months after the previous appointee changed her mind about taking on the role.

Stuart Cutforth started this month after the college was left with an interim principal when Laurel Penrose pulled out in May after she had already accepted the job.

Stuart joins the Ashington-based college from South and City College Birmingham where he worked as deputy principal.

He started his working life as an electrical apprentice with the National Coal Board, before spending 33 years working in further education, working in seven colleges.

Stuart said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of principal of Northumberland College and working with the very talented staff at the college.

“My role is to enable quality teaching and learning so that the needs of students are consistently met.

“I hope to build on the college’s many strengths to develop a culture of high standards, where performance and achievement flourish.

“This college has the capacity to grow and working in partnership with other local organisations it can become everything that Northumberland and its communities deserve.”

Chair of governors Jacqui Henderson said: “We are delighted that Stuart Cutforth has joined the college as principal.

“The wealth of skills, experience and knowledge that he has in the further education sector will help us forge new partnerships and strategic alliances.

““It is an exciting time to join the college and build on the very successful year we have had and as we embark on the pathfinder process and we are looking forward to Stuart leading the college to deliver our vision.”