South Devon College Announces New Principal & CEO

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South Devon College is delighted to announce the appointment of Laurence Frewin as its new Principal and Chief Executive Officer. Following the retirement of the existing Principal, Stephen Criddle OBE, at the end of the 2018/19 academic year, Laurence will take up this position with effect from 1st September 2019.

The College’s Chair of Governors, Caroline Lee, said: “I am delighted to announce that following a very robust and inclusive recruitment process, we have appointed Laurence Frewin as the new Principal and Chief Executive Officer.  The two day recruitment process included governors, staff and students and was supported by a number of key external national and local stakeholders.

“The Governing Body was particularly impressed by Laurence’s commitment to the College values and enthusiasm to ensure the continuous positive trajectory for South Devon College. Laurence demonstrates a huge passion for our students, forward vision and commitment to the highest quality of teaching and educational experience. The Governing Body is confident that Laurence’s appointment will ensure the College’s position as a provider of excellent educational opportunities is maintained.”

Laurence Frewin said “I am both proud and delighted to have been selected to lead South Devon College into the next decade. This College is full of inspiring students and staff and has exciting and ambitious plans for the future. I am passionate to ensure that the College will continue to be at the heart of the South Devon community making a significant positive difference, as it has done for the last decade under the inspiring leadership of Stephen Criddle, OBE.”

Laurence is currently Vice Principal Corporate Services & Deputy CEO, having worked at South Devon College since 2010, with previous roles in primary and secondary education, development, banking and finance.  He is a member of a number of national committees and is well known and respected locally for community partnerships and regeneration. Laurence lives in Brixham with his wife and three children. He enjoys local arts and culture and has recently found a new love for running; you will often be able to see him running along the inspiring South Devon coastline.

Laurence will take up the position at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2019.