College names new principal

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Truro and Penwith College has appointed Martin Tucker as its new principal.

Tucker, who has sat on the college’s senior management team for the past 13 years as director at Penwith College, will take the reins from current principal David Walrond, who, as previously announced, will retire on September 1.

Chair of governors, Bob Crossland, said: “Martin’s role to date, as part of the senior management team, his extensive experience in education and reputation in the county is such that he will be well placed to lead the college in the coming years both to face new challenges and maintain and build on its (Ofsted) Outstanding status providing high quality education for the young people of Cornwall.

“Martin has a great deal of experience in managing capital projects and in the next 12 months the college will finish a new building on the Truro campus to deliver a new Institute of Technology.

“The college is part of a wider partnership but is the sole provider in Cornwall and this initiative will ensure that the college remains at the heart of delivering new high-quality opportunities in digital and engineering qualifications and apprenticeships.”

Tucker, who lives with his family just outside Penzance, has been teaching since 1985, having trained as a PE and Science teacher. Previous roles include head of PE at Penwith College and programme team leader for sport at Truro, where he played a pivotal part in the department’s expansion.

He said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue the development of such an outstanding college for Cornwall’s learners and business community. I am proud to have already been a part of the tremendous success of the college working with outstanding staff and governors.

“I’m passionate about delivering a high quality student experience for all our learners to allow them to progress to the next stages of their education, training or personal development and in working with the business community to provide training opportunities to boost the skills of the workforce and subsequent productivity and prosperity for Cornwall.”

Away for the college, Tucker is a director of the Cornish Pirates and director and chair of the England College’s Rugby Football Union.