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New Principal and Chief Executive announced by Sussex Downs College

Sussex Downs College is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Principal and Chief Executive, Melanie Hunt, who will join the College in December.

Melanie has very strong connections with both Sussex and the College. She was educated at Lewes Priory School and was an Assistant Principal at Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology (ECAT), now part of Sussex Downs College, from 1995 to 1999. Her son was a student at Lewes Sixth Form College which is also part of Sussex Downs College.

Dick Holste, Chairman of the Corporation said: “I am delighted to welcome Melanie back to the College as Principal and Chief Executive some 11 years after she left as Assistant Principal. Subsequently she has worked at the Further Education Funding Council, the Learning and Skills Council and recently as Director, Learning and Skills at Ofsted. She brings with her a wealth of experience in education and that will stand her in good stead for moving the College forward to Outstanding in all aspects of its work.”

Commenting on her successful application Melanie Hunt said: “Having lived and worked in Sussex for over 40 years, I feel it is a real privilege to have been appointed as Principal and Chief Executive of Sussex Downs College. I look forward to working with its talented staff to build on the excellent work of my predecessor, Dr John Blake, to provide first class education and training that will make a real difference to the lives of young people and adults in the area.”

Commenting on his retirement John Blake said: “I have hugely enjoyed my long career in Further Education and it has been a great honour and privilege to have led the College and worked closely with brilliant staff, managers and Corporation members to create such a large and successful organisation. I welcome Melanie who I am sure will lead the College to even greater success.”

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