New Principal for Derwentside College


Derwentside College is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Redhead as its new Principal and Chief Executive. Karen takes over the reins following the retirement of Albert Croney after eight years at the helm, which has seen the College go from strength to strength to become one of the largest providers of work-based vocational training across the North East region.

With an extensive knowledge of further education, Karen has held a number of senior roles over the last 20 years before being appointed as the College’s Director of Curriculum and Quality and Deputy Principal in 2010. At a time when the College has succeeded in gaining significantly above national average results for its learners progressing to apprenticeships, Karen is eager to take the College forward to its next stage of development building upon its many recent achievements.

Karen said “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as Principal and Chief Executive of Derwentside College. The College has an excellent and well deserved reputation for getting people into good jobs and for helping employers to up-skill their workforces. We have developed some key strategic partnerships that were judged to be outstanding by Ofsted in our most recent inspection. I am looking forward to working with the senior team and our strategic partners to build on the many successes achieved to date and to realise our ambitious and forward-thinking plans for the future”.

For further information, please contact the College’s marketing team on 01207 585900.