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A COMMUNITY said goodbye to one principal and welcomed another as the leadership of a town’s college changed hands.
Darlington College bid farewell to retiring principal Tim Grant after five years at the helm and greeted its new head Kate Roe at a special event at the Haughton Road campus.
The reception was staged in Darlington College’s new sub-sea hangar marking a new direction in education to meet the needs of a burgeoning and successful industry.
A major institution in the town, the college employs around 400 staff for more than 2,500 full-time 16-18 year old students.
Mr Grant said: “I am leaving at a very exciting time when the future of the college is set fair as a national centre for two important industries.
“The college is the only one in the country to have a sub-sea facility and we are also looking forward to establishing bio-pharmaceutical training here in response to the new biologics manufacturing centre being developed on site.”
Chairman of the college’s board of directors Alasdair MacConachie paid tribute to Mr Grant. He said: “He has been a great person to work with and a very loyal principal. We need to thank him for what he has done and where we are today. He has done a tremendous job.”
Ms Roe, from London, read modern Chinese studies at Leeds University after her A-levels and worked in communications for the Voluntary Services Overseas charity and later the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
When she moved out of London, she worked for the National Health Service in a raft of different areas including for trusts running a district general hospital, and community and mental health services
Eventually she moved into senior positions in local government taking on leadership roles at authorities in London, Yorkshire and the North East.
Ms Roe added: “Darlington is a great place, really friendly, very positive and proactive; you can see that in the way facilities have been developed here.
“The quality of what we do in college is core to teaching and learning. We are also ensuring that what we do is relevant to the people of the town, employers and the economy.
“Working in partnership is really important as well. I want everyone to continue to be really proud of the college and I am looking forward to the future which, while challenging, also has some really great opportunities on the horizon.”