Highbury College Portsmouth has appointed Penny Wycherley as Interim Principal and CEO.

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Penny is an experienced further education senior postholder with specialist expertise serving in the capacity of interim Principal.

In 2006 she was appointed Principal of South Kent College.

In 2011 she became Interim Principal at Great Yarmouth College where, in three and a half years, the college moved from a grade four ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating and financial weakness to a grade two ‘good’ college with good financial health.

In January 2015, Penny became interim Principal at Waltham Forest College in Walthamstow, London, moving the college to good financial health and quality.

From November 2018 to May 2019 she served as interim Principal at City College Plymouth in order to support its return to stability.

Penny started her working career in the NHS, where she spent ten years combining high-level management roles with bringing up her young children. She has commercial experience in turning around failed business and her career has encompassed college teaching and curriculum management. In 2001 Penny became an Ofsted inspector.

Penny said: “It’s an exciting time for the Highbury College Portsmouth with so many opportunities for us to serve and develop. Although there is much publicity about the challenges facing staff in further education colleges like Highbury College, those staff do amazing work in educating and training millions of young people and adults.

“At Highbury College Portsmouth, the staff are working hard to ensure that the students at the college continue to have a positive experience and to lay the foundations for their future. Our staff are proud to make a difference to individuals and to the communities we serve. I welcome this opportunity to work with them doing just this.”

Penny has five children and currently three grandchildren - all of her children studied in further education. In her spare time, she is a passionate gardener and historian.

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  • Date 03/12/2019