Barnsley College has announced the appointment of Simon Perryman as its new Chair of Governors.

Simon replaces Josie Thirkell who steps down after three-and-a-half years in the role of Chair.

Simon runs Perryman, Yeandle and Associates, a skills and industrial strategy business, and is a member of the Sheffield City Region Skills board. He was previously Executive Director of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and Director of Performance at the Sector Skills Development Agency.

Simon said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of Governors and have been hugely impressed by everything I have seen at the college. The fact that the college is rated outstanding is down to everyone who studies, teaches, manages and supports its excellent work.

“I am confident that with strong leadership and governance the college is very well placed to manage any challenges that lie ahead. I am determined we will continue to do our very best for the people of Barnsley and the surrounding area.”

Josie leaves the college board after eight years as a governor in which she also served as Vice Chair. During this period the college achieved its outstanding rating from Ofsted and added several new buildings to its estate providing students with excellent facilities in which to learn.

Josie added: “Throughout all of my time as a governor, Vice Chair and Chair of Barnsley College, it has been my privilege to work alongside a very dedicated and highly skilled staff team and a dynamic and professional group of governors. The college has brought a visible difference to Barnsley town centre during this time.

“I am leaving at a time of great change but am totally confident that Chief Executive and Principal Christopher Webb and the board will continue to lead the college to greater success and continued achievement for the students they teach.”

Christopher Webb, Chief Executive and Principal of Barnsley College, stated: “Simon brings a wealth of skills and experience to the college having held a number of senior roles in government relating to skills, small business development and regional development and I am looking forward to working closely with him to drive the college forward.

“I would like to thank Josie for her fantastic contribution to the college. It has been a pleasure for me to work with her and her knowledge, commitment and drive have enabled the college to maintain and build upon its outstanding reputation nationally and internationally.”

Last updated: 11th November 2015

Originally posted on: 11th November 2015