In the summer of 2019, Stella Mbubaegbu CBE made the board of Highbury College aware of her intention to retire at the end of July 2020. Stella has now decided with the arrival of a new Chair, to bring forward her retirement from her post as Principal & Chief Executive of Highbury College to the end of April 2020, to enable the college to accelerate the search for her successor, and to put in place new leadership.
Following whistleblowing allegations suggesting wrongdoing by Stella, over a year ago the Corporation commissioned a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation concluded that Stella had, throughout acted in accordance with extant College policies and procedures, and with the approval of the College Chair at the time.
Martin Doel, the Interim Chair of Highbury College has thanked Stella on behalf of the College Board for her many years of dedicated service to the College in which much was achieved that will have a lasting effect upon the lives of countless students and the communities that the College serves. The College wish Stella well in all her future endeavours and hope that her considerable talents and expertise will continue to serve the interests of further education and education more generally.
In announcing her decision to retire Stella said ‘I am enormously proud of all that we have achieved together at the College, and in particular the success of our students and staff. You have inspired, challenged and motivated me to do better and I wish every one of you continued future success. I have now decided that I will leave on 30th April 2020, in order that the College can accelerate its plans to recruit an appropriate successor to my role. Until then I will work remotely to facilitate an effective handover to the new leadership.’