Chief Executive Officer and Principal

CEO / Principal

East Sussex College

Competitive salary plus attractive welcome package available

East Sussex College (ESCG) is poised for significant transformation and success. We are a large further and higher education college group offering a wide range of academic and vocational programmes across East Sussex, with campuses in four towns. We are committed to playing a leading role in generating economic growth linked to regeneration in our communities.

Following a challenging period, we are currently on a positive turnaround journey with a reinvigorated leadership team and a new, forward-thinking Chair. We are developing a new strategic plan to stabilise and improve our operations, leading to a significant shift in quality, finance and student recruitment by spring 2021. We are ambitious to secure ESCG’s strategic position at the heart of the communities of East Sussex and as the ‘engine’ for post Covid-19 regeneration. We have already achieved notable successes on this journey and have experienced a phenomenal culture shift which will take us even further forwards.

This is a fantastic time to join us as our new CEO and Principal, to lead on our journey of ongoing improvement. The new post holder will lead on developing and embedding our future strategy, to deliver a successful, financially sustainable college that prioritises opportunity and inclusivity. Key deliverables will include championing a culture of high expectations and ongoing quality improvement, while prioritising an outstanding experience for all our learners and ensuring our financial strength.

We are seeking a progressive, values-driven individual with a successful track record of senior leadership in further education, with the strategic acumen, vision and ambition to ensure a successful future for the college. You will have the credibility to inspire staff and learners, while nurturing the college’s external relationships with employers, FE stakeholders and community partners. You will bring a passion for achieving excellence and championing continuous quality improvement, combined with the financial judgement to create strong prospects for the college.

For an informal discussion, please contact Bernie Cullen at AoC Executive Recruitment on 07867 178735 or email

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Closing date for applications is Sunday 20 September 2020.

First round interviews will take place via video conference in week commencing Monday 21 September 2020.

Final selection will be held in week commencing Monday 5 October 2020.

Key information

Salary: Competitive salary plus attractive welcome package available
Location: East Sussex
Organisation: East Sussex Colleges Group
Closing date: 20 Sep 2020
Posted on: 24 Aug 2020

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  • Bernie Cullen
    Recruitment Manager

For a confidential conversation about this great opportunity please contact Bernie Cullen at or call 07867 178735

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