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News: Not­ting­ham Col­lege appoints new CEO and Principal

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Janet Smith

In a week in which we cel­e­brate Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day, we announce that Janet Smith (née Meenaghan), an expe­ri­enced CEO and Prin­ci­pal with 35 years in the edu­ca­tion sec­tor, has been appoint­ed as new CEO and Prin­ci­pal of Not­ting­ham College.

Janet joins us from Inspire Edu­ca­tion Group where she is cur­rent­ly CEO and Prin­ci­pal of the merged New Col­lege Stam­ford and Peter­bor­ough Region­al College.

Her expe­ri­ence incor­po­rates many years teach­ing across both FE and HE sec­tors, and as a man­ag­er over­see­ing many aspects of cur­ricu­lum includ­ing appren­tice­ships, aca­d­e­m­ic and voca­tion­al learn­ing, plus degree and mas­ters programmes. 

Her career spans sev­en dif­fer­ent FE col­leges and hav­ing deliv­ered cur­ricu­lum and qual­i­ty improve­ment as a senior man­ag­er in three of these insti­tu­tions she became a Prin­ci­pal and CEO in 2015

She over­saw the suc­cess­ful merg­er of New Col­lege Stam­ford and Peter­bor­ough Region­al Col­lege in 2020, to form the now Inspire Edu­ca­tion Group. In the Group’s lat­est Ofst­ed mon­i­tor­ing vis­it report from just over six months ago, the group was seen to be mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress in all areas listed. 

The deci­sion to appoint was tak­en after a thor­ough selec­tion process and Chair Car­ole Thoro­good said in announc­ing the appointment: 

I’m delight­ed to be wel­com­ing Janet to Not­ting­ham Col­lege as our per­ma­nent CEO and Prin­ci­pal. Her fan­tas­tic track record in the sec­tor, cou­pled with her knowl­edge of our col­lege and our city, makes her an excep­tion­al appoint­ment and I am very much look­ing for­ward to work­ing with her to con­tin­ue to devel­op and embed the improve­ments need­ed to ensure Not­ting­ham Col­lege deliv­ers excel­lence in edu­ca­tion and employ­ment in Nottingham. 

Mar­tin Sim, who has been our inter­im CEO and Prin­ci­pal since May 2021, will con­tin­ue to remain with us for the next cou­ple of months, pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship sta­bil­i­ty dur­ing this cru­cial point in the aca­d­e­m­ic cal­en­dar and to ensure a smooth tran­si­tion and han­dover for Janet who looks set to join us before the end of this aca­d­e­m­ic year. I offer my sin­cere thanks to Mar­tin for his excel­lent stew­ard­ship over the course of this last 10 months. 

Car­ole Thorogood — Chair, Not­ting­ham College

Janet is very much look­ing for­ward to join­ing Not­ting­ham Col­lege to over­see its con­tin­ued improve­ment jour­ney. She said:

I am a pas­sion­ate advo­cate for fur­ther edu­ca­tion, hav­ing been a stu­dent of FE myself. The oppor­tu­ni­ties we cre­ate for learn­ers, from all back­grounds and walks of life, are what make this sec­tor such a proud and impor­tant one for our econ­o­my. I am very much look­ing for­ward to join­ing Not­ting­ham Col­lege, and work­ing with­in a city with such high aspi­ra­tions for its res­i­dents and its young peo­ple. The Col­lege has achieved much, but there is more to do and I’m thrilled to be join­ing at such an excit­ing time. 

Janet Smith — New­ly Appoint­ed CEO and Prin­ci­pal, Not­ting­ham College
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  • 11th March 2022 (10:30 AM)
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