Principal & Chief Executive Vacancy

After successfully leading the College through some difficult times into the promising position we now hold, our current Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Lis Smith, is retiring at the end of March 2021, and we are seeking applications for her successor who will work in partnership with the Board to ensure Preston’s College continues its upward journey to deliver excellence, with employable, fulfilled learners, who together with the communities we serve, respect us as their partner and ally for success.

This is your opportunity to lead Preston’s College, one of the Northwest’s leading education organisations at a time of great political, academic and social change. The College serves c. 10,000 students, has a bold reputation for technical and vocational curriculum innovation, with the appropriate resources and partnerships in place to ensure their learners are the most employable now and in the future. Supported by a confident leadership team, the College is well set to take on the changing face of the education landscape and is seeking to appoint an ambitious and dynamic Principal and Chief Executive to deliver for students and employers across central Lancashire and beyond.

This is an exciting time for a new Principal and Chief Executive to work with the Board to deliver the strategic plan, through inspirational leadership, prudent financial management and an unrelenting focus on learner outcomes. You will lead an experienced senior leadership team to deliver a responsive business model that drives quality and promotes innovation, aligned to the college’s mission, whilst building sustainable relations across the region with key stakeholders and employer groups.

We are seeking to appoint a proven leader who is strategic in approach, who knows how to deliver change within a fast-moving and complex operational environment. Your drive, passion and creativity will be motivational, and you will deliver results that will ensure success. You must bring professional credibility, drawn from within a complex multi-stakeholder, customer centric environment, coupled with the communication flair to influence, engage and inspire others.

Please click here to read a message from John Boydell, Chair of the Corporation Board, with further details.

The recruitment process for this role is being undertaken by Dodd Partners on behalf of Preston’s College.

For more information regarding this role and details of how to apply, please visit and download the assignment brief.

Closing date for applications will be 9.00am, Monday 9th November 2020