Derwentside College appoints new Principal and Chief Executive


Chris Todd has been appointed as the new Principal and Chief Executive of Derwentside College. Following a rigorous recruitment process Chris, previously Executive Director of Finance and Resources at the College, will take up his new role from 3 September 2018.

Chris is a highly experienced further education leader having previously held the role of Acting Principal and Chief Executive at Northumberland College, where he led the team that moved the college’s achievement rates into the top 10% nationally.  He also has considerable experience of the wider educational landscape having worked for the Learning & Skills Council and The Excel Academy Partnership.

Chris said: "I feel honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to lead this fantastic organisation as the new Principal and Chief Executive of Derwentside College.  As well as having an excellent reputation in the local community, the College is regionally and nationally renowned for its positive employer engagement and high quality learning programmes."  

"Looking ahead to the future, I believe this College has huge potential and I am very much looking forward to building on existing strengths and successes by working with our learners, staff and stakeholders to create a truly outstanding College."

Tony Edwards, Chair of the Board at Derwentside College said: "We are delighted that Chris has accepted the role to become our next Principal. The Board Selection Panel were impressed by Chris’ understanding of the current position of the College and his views on the opportunities for the next phase of strategic development."

"On behalf of the Board can I add how much we are looking forward to working with Chris and achieving our goal of becoming an outstanding College."