New Principal and CEO appointed at Ayrshire College

New Principal and CEO appointed at Ayrshire College

Following a rigorous selection process, the Board of Ayrshire College is delighted to announce the appointment of Angela Cox as the new Principal and Chief Executive.

Angela will join the College at the beginning of the new academic year and will take over from Principal Carol Turnbull who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Angela is currently the Principal and Chief Executive of Borders College and has 26 years of experience in the further and higher education sector in Scotland and England.

As a highly experienced College Principal, she is fully aware of the current operating environment for colleges in Scotland and recognises the significant opportunities and challenges involved in taking forward a vibrant and successful regional college. 

Angela started her career in the Leisure & Tourism Sector after studying an HND at the then College of Commerce in Glasgow. Angela went on to achieve a BA Hons Degree in Post Compulsory Education from Southampton University, Post Graduate Leadership Certificate from the University of Warwick and an MBA from the Open University. 

With a passion for providing life changing opportunities through education and equipping people with the skills and knowledge to be global citizens, Angela is committed to creating a fairer and more inclusive society through a progressive and green economy.  

In her current and previous roles, Angela has led a number of large and small scale innovation projects which have enabled the transformation of the organisations she has led and worked with including employers and communities.    

Fiona McQueen, Interim Regional Chair said, “I am delighted to welcome Angela to Ayrshire College as our Principal. We have a strong history of success and I am confident that Angela will build on that success and provide outstanding leadership for the College through our next phase so that we can continue to provide an environment for our students and staff to flourish.” 

Angela Cox said, “I am thrilled to be joining Ayrshire College at this exciting time. I look forward to working with the staff, students, and partners to build upon the positive reputation that the college already has in supporting the future socio-economic prosperity for the region.”

4 May 2022


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