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Sunderland College appoints new principal

Sunderland College has appointed Ellen Thinnesen as its new principal

Sunderland College is delighted to announce the appointment of Ellen Thinnesen as its new Principal and Chief Executive.

Ellen will take over the role early in the new year, following the announcement that the existing Principal, Anne Isherwood will be retiring.

With a wealth of experience in further education, Ellen arrives at Sunderland College from Tameside College where she was Deputy Principal. Prior to this, she held various senior management and teaching roles at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.

Commenting on her appointment Ellen said: “I am honoured to be joining Sunderland College as its new Principal. The organisation already has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and learning and I’m looking forward to working with the staff, students and governors to build upon this.

“There are some exciting times ahead with the opening of the college’s new £29 million City Campus, which will provide our students with the highest quality learning environment and I’m delighted to be leading the college into its next stage of development.”

The Board of Governors appointed Ellen to the role following a rigorous recruitment and selection process.

Rob Lawson, Chair of Governors, said: “As a board we are delighted with the appointment of Ellen and are confident that she will do an excellent job as Principal. Her vast experience, leadership qualities and enthusiasm for ensuring our learners succeed made her the ideal candidate for the job.

“The further education industry is operating in a tough economic environment and we are confident that with Ellen as Principal, she will guide us through both the challenges ahead as well as the many exciting times we face.”

“The board would also like to thank the outgoing Principal, Anne for her contribution and commitment to the college during her time here. She has overseen the development of the new £22million Sports and Arts Academies at Bede Campus, played an instrumental role in securing the development of our City Campus and built upon the college’s core strength of teaching and learning.

“In addition, Anne has worked tirelessly to ensure that the college is at the heart of our community, building strong relationships with stakeholders both in Sunderland and the wider region and we’re now seen as a key partner with a real ‘can-do’ attitude.”

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