Principal and Chief Executive

AoC Executive Recruitment
Skipton [North Yorkshire]
08 Oct 2019 16:13
03 Nov 2019 23:59
Further Education
Job Level
Chief Executive / Principal
Contract Type
Full Time
Organisational Type
General Further Education College

Principal and Chief Executive

Craven College is an aspirational general further education college based on the outskirts of Skipton (North Yorkshire), delivering apprenticeships, 16-18 provision, adult skills, higher education, high needs and a wide portfolio of project work with employers and the unemployed. We also have sites in Ripon, Scarborough and at Leeds Bradford Airport.

We have some impressive facilities which include a new £1.6m Animal Management Centre (opened in 2018) as well as our unique Aviation Academy which is based at Leeds Bradford Airport allowing access to flying schools, technical instruction, expert careers advice and aviation knowledge. In progress, is our new Equine facility which is scheduled for 2020 and will include an international-sized arena and outdoor warm-up area.

We are also excited to be part of the Digital Strand of the North Yorkshire and Humberside Institute of Technology which was recently successful in its application. Capital works are taking place to refurbish designated space within the College, in order to equip us for delivery of the relevant programmes.

We now have an excellent career-enhancing opportunity for a current or aspiring Principal; a people person with a track record of successful strategic organisational change who will lead us on our journey to excellence.  A strong ambassador internally and externally, our new Principal & Chief Executive will introduce and embed best practice and make the most of opportunities at local, regional and national levels to maintain the sustainability of the College. You will be quick to gain an understanding of the needs of the local and regional skills agenda and to position the College as one of the solutions to the current and future skills agenda.

You will have a track record of achievement in leading, inspiring and motivating staff to ensure that the College fulfils its mission, strategic aims and ambitions.  Comprehensive working knowledge and understanding of the learning and skills sector, as well as demonstrable experience of high-level financial management and of delivering quality improvement to service users, are key requirements of this role.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a friendly and supportive, yet ambitious, organisation, in an amazing location at the Gateway to the Dales!

Why work for Craven College? Find out here.

For a confidential conversation please contact Bernie Cullen at AoC - Executive Recruitment on 020 7034 2631 or at

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