City College Plymouth is pleased to announce it has appointed a new Director of People and Organisational Development.

Alison Hackett, who is a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development, joined the College’s Senior Leadership Team last month and brings a wealth of experience in leadership management and talent development.

Alison’s previous roles include Assistant Director of People and Organisational Development at Kingston and Sutton Councils and Assistant Director of HR (People and Talent) at the University of Reading. Alison’s experience means she is highly knowledgeable in both local governance and education.

Alison’s appointment comes as the College begins to implement its new strategic plan, and she will be looking at the organisation of the College as a whole and identifying the best way in which to bring the new plan to fruition.

Alison said: “I was very much attracted to this position as it provides the opportunity to be part of the process in taking what is already great about City College, and working to make it even better. My role goes beyond just looking at the people working at the College: it involves looking at all of the systems, processes and, more importantly, the culture.

“The College is currently on an incredible journey and I was excited at the prospect of working for such a forward-thinking organisation and being able to use my skills to help further this.”

Alison, who is described by former colleagues as passionate, accomplished and diligent, holds a postgraduate qualification in Human Resources Management.

Principal and Chief Executive, Jackie Grubb, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alison to City College. Alison not only has the skills and experience to help us create a truly outstanding College for our students, but also shares the values and vision we have for both the College and the role it plays in the community.

“The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is at the core of every decision we make moving forwards, and Alison will play a crucial part of developing this commitment further.”