In the summer of 2019, I informed my Board of Governors of my intention to retire from my post in a year’s time (end of July 2020). By then, I would have been in the role of Principal & Chief Executive at Highbury for nearly 19 years.

I deeply care about and am extremely proud of Highbury College. It has been an immense joy and privilege to serve the College, its diverse communities and the wider FE sector over the past two decades. My overriding priority has been and remains the success of all our students and staff. They have touched my life in so many ways, inspiring, challenging and motivating me to do better. I wish each and every one of them continued future success. I will miss them dearly.

I am proud of my contributions to Highbury, steering the College through the turbulent times that FE has seen over the past 8 years with funding cuts and policy changes, positioning Highbury on the global education map, the transformation of the College estate, the uncompromising approach to educational and social inclusion and our Ofsted outstanding for 7 years.

Whilst I look forward to the future with excitement and to discovering my unique calling for this next season, there is much to be done before then. The Board will be initiating the search for my successor in the coming weeks, with my full support and I will focus on continuing to lead this amazing College and its amazing staff and students with passion and commitment.

Stella Mbubaegbu CBE

October 2019

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  • Date 25/10/2019