Gateshead College Principal announces her retirement

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Gateshead College Principal announces her retirement

Gateshead College has announced that Principal and Chief Executive Officer Judith Doyle has decided to retire after 33 years of loyal service to the FE sector.

Starting at the college as a student and then as a part time English teacher, Judith held the position of Deputy Principal before securing the Principal and CEO position in 2013.

During her time as leader, Judith brought about significant change to the organisation including taking the college from an Ofsted Grade 3 to a Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ and securing some of the highest student achievement rates in the country.

She was awarded the TES FE Leader of the Year in 2016, a CBE in 2018 and has sat on the board of a number of organisations including Gateshead’s QE Hospital, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative and Newcastle United Foundation.

John McCabe, chair of the board of governors at Gateshead College, said:

“We are really sorry to see Judith retire and are very proud of her many achievements at Gateshead College. I know I am joined by the board, her colleagues from across the college, the FE sector and wider North East region when I say she’ll be greatly missed.

“Gateshead College means everything to Judith. She has worked here for such a long time and her dedication, strength of leadership and sense of team has had a huge impact on the college, her staff and colleagues and the thousands and thousands of students that have passed through the doors on her watch.”

Deputy principal Chris Toon takes over with immediate effect in the role of acting principal.

Wed Oct 20 2021