Former careers advisor lands top job at Bucks UTC

Bob Harrison, the new principal of Bucks UTC in Aylesbury
Bob Harrison, the new principal of Bucks UTC in Aylesbury

The new principal of Bucks UTC in Aylesbury has been announced.

Bob Harrison will take over from Bev Flanagan, who set up the technical college in Oxford Road, when she retires at the end of the summer term.

Mr Harrison takes over from Bev Flanagan, pictured here while the UTC was still being built

Mr Harrison takes over from Bev Flanagan, pictured here while the UTC was still being built

Mr Harrison said: “I am delighted to be joining Bucks UTC and am totally committed to the UTC culture and ethos.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to develop the existing relationships and maximise partnership working with local schools and colleges for mutual benefit.

“The UTC is a great educational opportunity for young people in Bucks and I am looking forward to meeting everyone involved and building on its success.”

He joins from the Adviza group of charities where he has been a senior manager since April 2002.

Since 2008 he has been delivery director for Connexions Buckinghamshire, which provides information and confidential advice to young people aged 13 to 19 to help them to make choices about careers, education, training and finding work.

According to a statement released by the UTC, Mr Harrison ‘ensured the successful delivery of contracts and projects across the whole Adviza group spanning seven counties with 220 staff, working in partnership with secondary schools and many other local stakeholders’.

He worked closely with six local authorities, the department for work and pensions, the Skills Funding Agency and other government departments.

Previous roles have included time as a careers adviser, project worker for vulnerable young people, intensive support worker for unemployed adults, a sales manager and IT recruitment specialist.

Ruth Farwell, former vice-chancellor of Bucks New University, and chair of the Bucks UTC governing body, said: “Bob knows the local scene very well and his ability to engage with employers and develop trusting relationships with the UTC stakeholders is evident. He is ambitious for the UTC and I know he will make a great successor to Bev, building on her success and taking the UTC into its next chapter.”