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Simon Pirotte profile


CEO and Principal
Bridgend College

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.



Bridgend College is a Further Education (FE) College supporting over 6,000 learners and employing over 600 members of staff across its five campuses at Bridgend, Pencoed, Queens Road, Maesteg and Cardiff. Engage Training is the business focused and externally facing directorate of Bridgend College, based at Morien House on Bridgend Industrial Estate.


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