New principal appointed at South Essex College

South Essex College of Further and Higher Education has appointed Angela O’Donoghue as its new Principal and Chief Executive.

Ms O’Donoghue, who is currently Principal of Sunderland College, is expected to begin her new role in August, ready for the start of the next academic year.

South Essex College is the largest College in the Eastern region and has campuses across Basildon, Southend and Thurrock and offers everything from entry level courses to degrees and apprenticeships to its 17,000 students.

Angela comes to the College at an exciting new period of development when it is continuing to expand its range of courses across south Essex and planned new builds in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock to help deliver the right skills and qualifications to young people, adults and businesses alike.

With nearly 30 years in education, prior to being Principal of Sunderland College, a role which she has held for seven years, Ms O’Donoghue was previously the Principal of Bsix Sixth Form College Brooke House, based in Hackney. This was the first new college to be established in the country for over a decade and opened in September 2002.

Prior to that Angela was the Director of Curriculum and then Acting Principal of Wigan and Leigh College. Before moving to Wigan, Angela worked for 17 years in a variety of roles at Liverpool Community College.

Chair of the College’s corporation, Richard Launder, commented: “The appointment of Angela O’Donoghue as Principal and Chief Executive of South Essex College comes at a time of considerable investment in new facilities, development of new courses and planned expansion. Angela’s significant experience and skills complement those of the excellent staff, and her appointment will be pivotal to these developments as we move forward as a lifelong learning education provider.”

He continued: “I’d also like to thank John Hayles, the current Acting Principal and Chief Executive, and all staff for their excellent work and support during this interim period.”

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