Principal Announces Retirement

The Principal of Farnborough College of Technology has announced she will retire next Academic Year 2015/16.

Christine Slaymaker CBE has been at the college for nearly 15 years and will stay in post until the appointment of the new Principal to allow a planned and smooth transition.

The college is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and has ‘Outstanding’ financial health. We have also been rated top of the national league table for 16 – 19 year old student achievement.

More than 100,000 students have passed through the college during Christine’s tenure.

During that time, we have opened Aldershot College for Construction Skills and the Aeronautical and Aerospace Academy. Work is also due to begin on the iconic University Centre Farnborough (UCF) building on the Farnborough campus this summer.

Commenting on her time with the college, Christine said: “I have been truly privileged to be able to serve the communities of North Hampshire and North West Surrey for the last 15 or so years.

“I have enjoyed all my time with the college and I pay tribute to the hard working, diligent and professional staff who have achieved so much in terms of national accolades and plaudits but also for each and every individual learner who studies with us. It is undoubtedly the case that without them, I could not have enjoyed such a rewarding career.”

Chair of the Board of Governors Professor Martin Earwicker said: “The college has been most fortunate in having such an outstanding leader as Christine. All of us – Governors, staff and students past and present – wish to extend our thanks to Christine for all she has achieved and to wish her every happiness for the future. The Governors have started the difficult job of finding a worthy successor.”

While at the college, Christine Slaymaker was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List June 2014.

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