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Claire Boliver has been appointed as new Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College

Claire Boliver has been appointed as new Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College, to succeed Graham Morley who steps down after 10 years at the helm.

It is a welcome return for Claire who began her further education career at South Staffordshire College on a teaching placement as part of her teaching qualification at Wolverhampton University. Over a number of years she worked her way up to become Director of Curriculum before moving to Wolverhampton College where, after just two years, she became the Principal.

Claire was chosen as the outstanding candidate because of her exceptional skills and experience including turning around a failing Wolverhampton College. When she joined the College in 2013 it had failed its Ofsted report the previous year and its finances were plummeting with huge debts. Four years later, Claire had spearheaded a major transformation in its prosperities with an Ofsted rating of good with outstanding features as well as bringing its finances under control.

Claire, who still lives locally in Burntwood near Lichfield, said,

“Having begun my career at South Staffordshire I couldn’t be happier and it feels like I’m returning home. I had always hoped that one day I would return to the College that made me, and I feel like I have a lot to give back.”

Outlining her strategy for South Staffordshire College she said,

“South Staffordshire College is in a very strong position, it has superb facilities and fantastic staff. I want to come in with a fresh pair of eyes to take full advantage of the amazing potential the College clearly has across the whole curriculum – and make it a place where learners continually excel and reach their potential.”

At City of Wolverhampton College, Claire Boliver has been credited with creating a responsive organisation that promotes social inclusion, mobility and economic prosperity for the communities of Wolverhampton and surrounding areas.

South Staffordshire College’s outgoing Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley said:

“Having worked closely with Claire in her previous role as Director of Curriculum, I am thrilled that the Board of Governors has selected the strongest candidate. Claire is an exceptional leader who not only has first-hand experience and knowledge of the community but a track record of delivering success.”

The College will announce the start date of its new Chief Executive Principal in the next few weeks and it is expected to be early 2018.

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