Principal and CEO

Principal and CEO

Principal and CEO

Oaklands College

Oaklands College, a general further education college with campuses across Hertfordshire, is committed to supporting our communities to reach their full potential. We benefit local stakeholders by providing a broad, innovative FE and HE offer, which encompasses a number of specialist provision areas, while our High Needs provision and Elite Sports Academies have a national reputation and draw from a broad geographical area.

With an income of £35million, our financial position is excellent. Our facilities are superb and we have a c.£60m fully-funded capital redevelopment programme underway at our St Albans campus. In addition, we enjoy highly developed partnership working with key stakeholders and we have developed joint ventures in HE with the University of Hertfordshire and apprenticeship provision with West Herts College.

Oaklands College has a superb platform for an ambitious, inspirational leader to take forwards. A key priority is to cement our recent journey of quality improvement by regaining a good Ofsted judgement; beyond this we aspire to become an outstanding provider and we have the foundations to achieve this. As well as creating and embedding a refreshed vision, our new Principal will be instrumental in positioning us as a trusted brand and a destination of choice, increasing our market share and overseeing the delivery of an innovative curriculum.

We are seeking an individual with a successful track record of leadership within a Further Education college, with the ability to deliver educational excellence and achieve high-quality outcomes. Experience of leading change and managing challenges will also be of key importance.  Visible and motivational, you will have the credibility to inspire staff, learners and external partners, while ensuring the college is a progressive and inclusive place to work and study. Our new leader will also have the ability to ensure ongoing financial strength and to create strong prospects for the college.

For more information please visit the dedicated microsite:

For an informal discussion, please contact Bernie Cullen at AoC Executive Recruitment on 07867 178735 or email

Closing date for applications is Sunday 31 January 2021

First round interviews will take place in the weeks commencing Monday 1  and Monday 8 February 2021 (via video conference)

Final selection will take place in the college on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 March 2021


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