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New face to take over Bournville College

New face to take over Bournville College New face to take over Bournville College
Updated: 11:19 am, May 07, 2015

BOURNVILLE College has appointed a new interim principal and chief executive.

Michele Sutton OBE, takes up the post following the retirement of Norman Cave, who left the college last year due to ill health after 12 years in the role.

Michele started working as a part-time lecturer in 1979 and then, after being appointed as a lecturer at Handsworth College (now part of South and City College Birmingham) in 1981, she worked her way up from lecturer to vice-principal.

She then moved to City College Manchester, before taking up her first principal post at Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale.

She then spent ten years as principal and chief executive at Bradford College and, in 2009, she was awarded an OBE for services to further education and community cohesion.

As well as the roles she has held, Michele is also a member of the Education Funding Agency Advisory Board and a recent President of the Association of Colleges.

She said: “I’m delighted to be back in Birmingham and honoured that the board has asked me to take up the interim principal role.

“I look forward to working with staff, students and the wider community over the next few months to consolidate and build on Bournville College’s reputation.”

Bournville College’s chair of governors Alan Birks CBE said: “We are very pleased that Michele is joining us and have every confidence in her skills and experience to lead the college forward until the permanent principal is appointed.”

She arrived earlier this month and will stay at the college until later in the year, when a permanent successor is expected to take over.