Wigan & Leigh College Chair of Governors, Frank Costello
has stepped down from his role due to retirement.
Frank has been a governor at the College for 20 years,
spending the last three of those as Chair and has seen the College develop and
improve during his time.
During his leadership the College has significantly increased the breadth of learning opportunities and qualifications available to young people, including the development of higher degree apprenticeships and extra provision for students with special educational needs.
The College has transformed with results for classroom learning
significantly above national averages and achievement rates for 16-18 and 19+
Being named Educate North's College of the Year in 2018 and the FE
choices survey reflecting that the college has the highest student satisfaction
rates in the Greater Manchester were big highlights during his final three
College Principal, Anna Dawe said: “Frank has shown an unerring moral compass in his advice, support and actions and he has acted as an exceptional role model for other governors.
“His expert stewardship has also brought the college to good
financial health during a period where the whole further education sector has
experienced significant financial difficulties.”
College is now delighted to welcome Ann Harrison, who has taken over as Chair
of the Governing Board until October 2023.
Ann is a Partner and Chairwoman of Stephensons Solicitors
LLP, one of the largest firms in the North West and has worked
there for nearly 30 years.
She has been an independent member of the governing board
since 2011, chair of the Audit committee for the last few years, and co vice
chair for the last two years.
“I am delighted to be elected to the role
of chair of the governing board at Wigan and Leigh College, Ann said.
“I would like to see the College become the educational provider of choice for everyone in the borough of Wigan and Leigh. In particular I would like to work with the College to help deliver life changing opportunities for the people in our Borough.”