New CEO and principal overseeing Aylesbury college is appointed after 'rigorous' selection process

A new CEO and principal has been appointed to oversee projects at the Buckinghamshire College group including the Aylesbury campus.

By James Lowson
Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 10:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 2:45 pm

Buckinghamshire College Group merged in 2017 to include Aylesbury College, Amersham and Wycombe College, the new boss for these three sites will be Jenny Craig.

The college group reports that she went through an extensive hiring process to take the top job.

Jenny is taking over from Karen Mitchell the current principal and CEO, who made the decision to step down from the role and retire in the summer of 2022.

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Jenny Craig, the new principal and CEO at Buckinghamshire College Group

Currently, Jenny works at Abingdon and Witney College as deputy principal, her duties include overseeing the curriculum and ensuring the college is of a high quality.

She also has an extensive background in finance.

The new CEO and principal said: “It is an honour to be joining the fantastic team at Buckinghamshire College Group at this exciting stage in its journey and to lead its ambitious vision and strategy for the future.

"I am looking forward to working with students, staff and stakeholders to continue driving forward the skills and education agenda throughout Buckinghamshire serving the needs of its communities and employers.”

Jenny has worked within the further education sector for 15 years, starting as an hourly paid lecturer teaching A-Level Business and Economics and progressing through to her current role.

Before that, Jenny worked with numbers in London at Barclays Corporate Banking.

Chair of Governors, Max Hailey said: ““I am delighted that Jenny has been appointed to the role of principal and Chief Executive at Buckinghamshire College Group and I am really looking forward to working with her.

"Jenny's background will ensure we continue to deliver excellent teaching for our students across the county and I am excited to have her on board as we deliver our new campus and facilities for High Wycombe.

"I would like to reiterate my thanks to Karen on her exceptional leadership of the college.”

Outgoing CEO and principal, Karen Mitchell said: “I am delighted that Jenny has been appointed as the next Principal/CEO of the College. I know that she will do a great job. I look forward to working with Jenny to ensure a smooth handover and transition before I retire in the summer.”