Andy web2Andy Forbes

New Principal Andy Forbes began this week at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (known as CONEL).

Andy was previously Principal of Hertford Regional College and brings 30 years of experience in all aspects of the education and skills sector to the job. Starting his career as a school English teacher, Andy has worked in schools and colleges offering A Levels, vocational education, apprenticeships, workplace learning and adult education. Previous appointments include Vice Principal at Blackpool and the Fylde College, Director of Widening Participation at The Oldham College, Chair of Oldham Race Equality Partnership and Specialist Adviser to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Social Cohesion. Recently he has led a Hertfordshire consortium running three vocational colleges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Andy is really looking forward to his new challenge. He commented: 'I'm very pleased to be joining such a strong college - financially strong and educationally strong - with news just in of an overall success rate for 2013/14 of 89.2% that puts us at the very top of the league table of London General FE Colleges. Students of all ages and at all levels get a really positive experience at CONEL and – most importantly – the great majority pass with flying colours and go on to university, further training or into good jobs. I will ensure that the College continues to play a key role not only in education but in supporting economic growth for our local communities."

Andy joins a strong management team including Vice Principals – Stewart Cross, Finance and Resources and Kurt Hintz, Curriculum and Learner Experience - who have been in post since the start of the academic year.

The College, which has centres in Tottenham and Enfield and has recently spent £20m on its estate, was judged good overall by Ofsted last year and outstanding for leadership and management.

In 2013/14 the College had 24,786 learners on roll and received £36.8m of government funding with a total income of £40.8m. It also has the highest student success rates overall as well as the highest student satisfaction rates of all London General Further Education Colleges for the second year running.


kurt and stewartL-R: Stewart Cross and Kurt Hintz

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