The recently merged Buxton and Leek College of Further Education has confirmed its first Principal will be Len Tildsley, who is currently the Vice-Principal of Shrewsbury College.
Buxton and Leek Colleges officially came together as part of the University of Derby group in August (2012). Len Tildsley will join the Colleges as Principal in January (2013) and will also take a seat on the University’s Corporate Management Team.
Professor Liz Barnes, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of the College’s first ever Principal.
“This is a significant step for the College as we move on from the merger and begin to make strides to achieve our aims of pooling the expertise and specialisms of both organisations, providing a wider range of further education opportunities to the communities in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District.
“Len’s background, in a variety of academic and managerial posts at regionally grounded colleges, has given him a very broad knowledge and understanding of the further education sector. This will be invaluable as we work to establish the combined College.”
Len Tildsley said: “I’m very excited about becoming the Principal of the newly formed Buxton and Leek College.
“I am a strong advocate for further education in general and more specifically in the key role that FE colleges play within their local communities. I look forward to engaging with new and existing partners, schools, employers, community groups and the people of Leek, Buxton and the surrounding areas, to provide a high quality education and training service matched to local needs.”