Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Back to college

Last night I was invited to speak at the 80th anniversary reception for Cornwall College Camborne. I was a student at Cornwall College between 1987 and 1990 where I studied for a BTEC National Certificate in Business Studies and then after that a City and Guilds in Agricultural Management. It was great to go back.

Students at the college laid on some fantastic food and hospitality and we also had demonstrations from students studying hair and beauty and two drama performances which were really impressive.

Raoul Humphreys, the Deputy Chief Executive of Cornwall College and head of the Camborne campus gave a fascinating slide show plotting the history of the college. Cornwall College Camborne has actually been at the heart of all further and higher education in Cornwall over these last 80 years. It was interesting to hear that it spun off other very successful institutions such as the Falmouth School of Arts and St Austell College.

This is an exciting time for Cornwall College Camborne - with plans afoot for a £40 million redevelopment. And you could sense the enthusiasm from all the staff there. The college also selected their new Principal and Chief Executive yesterday. David Linnell was at the reception. I knew he had gone for it. We were told by Raoul that, although a decision had been reached and he knew what it was, he wasn't allowed to tell anyone until today - but David Linnell looked far too happy for someone who had just missed the top job...but I had better just check their website to make sure before this post goes live...

Yes, it is David Linnell. And the very best of luck to him and his team!