Fond farewell for long-serving chair at East Riding College

East Riding College said farewell to its long-serving chair of the corporation at the end of July.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 7:59 am
Outgoing chair Simon Wright with Kerri Harold, who takes on the role.

Local businessman Simon Wright joined the board of governors at the college 15 years ago when the Beverley campus was based at the old Gallows Lane site and before the current Bridlington campus was built.

Mr Wright has held the substantial and high-profile voluntary role of chair for the last five years, after previously serving as a business governor and chair of the Remuneration, Finance and Human Resources Committee since 2009.

The voluntary unpaid roles have a wide range of responsibility and accountability, which Mr Wright balances with the demands of running his own business, Communique Advertising Limited.

Mr Wright said: “I believe I leave the college in a better position than when I took on the chairpersons role.

“We have a great estate and our performance on curriculum delivery and development puts us amongst the top 20 performing FE Colleges in England. Our financial future is also more positive, especially with the planned merger with TEC Partnership.”

Principal of East Riding College Mike Welsh said: “Simon has given many years of dedicated service and hundreds of hours of his time on a voluntary basis.

“He has been tenacious in his desire to develop the college’s vision and his strategic guidance has been instrumental in the improvements the College has made over the years.”

Kerri Harold will be East Riding College’s first female chair and has served previously as the board’s local authority member, vice-chair, chair of the Search, Governance and Development Committee, and is the nominated governor for Safeguarding and Prevent.