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31st January 2018

The Group can confirm that after spending nearly four decades dedicated to the FE sector, Debra Forsythe-Conroy Principal of Harrogate College has taken the personal decision to retire from the College sector to explore new opportunities.  Debra has been with the Group since 2013 and brought a wealth of successful sector experience to her role and has made a positive impact to both the College and the Group.”

“We thank Debra for her leadership and tireless commitment during her time at Harrogate College and wish her all the best for a happy, fulfilled future.”

“The recruitment process has already been put in place to recruit this position on an interim basis, with the current group Senior Leadership Team overseeing the management of Harrogate College to ensure the student experience remains as strong as ever.”

“The Group can confirm that in November 2017, a decision for Harrogate College to leave the Hull College Group had been considered by the Corporation. However, due to the protocols and regulatory requirements now involved in this proposal, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the situation at this stage.”

“Hull College Group is entering a Fresh Start recovery plan following the direction of the FE Commissioner, and Harrogate College will remain within the Group throughout this process. A key element of this recovery plan is a group restructure. The process mapping has been carried out in full consultation with staff in an effort to create an outstanding college that is fit for purpose, in an honest and transparent manner.