CEO and Principal
When Simon was appointed just over four and a half years ago, Bridgend College had significant financial difficulties (only “8 days cash” liquidity), was facing further cuts in funding and had the worst learner results in the sector. Now, it produces regular surpluses and has the best outcomes in the sector, Simon’s leadership of this remarkable turnaround was recognised in the College’s most recent Estyn inspection which culminated in a rare ‘double excellent’ judgement. To achieve financial turnaround is one thing, but to runt his recovery plan alongside a transformation in learner outcomes is another. These results were achieved during a period of significant change and yet the College was also awarded Times 100 Best Companies to Work for status, the highest-ranking FE college in the UK.
Under Simon’s leadership the College is now in a very healthy position and is embarking on an ambitious Estates strategy which will include 2 x £30m campus development projects that will be a catalyst for regeneration in Bridgend.