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New principal Annette Cast takes the helm at Southwark College

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A new era for Southwark's further education college began last month when its new principal - Annette Cast - took up her role.

New principal Annette Cast takes the helm at Southwark College

Annette Cast, who was previously pro vice chancellor and dean of the College of Professional Services and Student Experience, took up the post of principal of Southwark College on 4 March.

Ms Cast's appointment followed the decision last year to split Lewisham Southwark
College back into its two component institutions, with both remaining part of Newcastle-based group NCG.

The college occupies a recently complete building in The Cut, close to Southwark Underground Station.

She said: "Southwark College is an amazing resource for the communities it serves, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help shape its future.

"My aim is to make the College the first choice for both further and higher education for local people, helping them to get into employment or further study."

Peter Lauener, chair of NCG, added: "Our aim is to offer excellent opportunities for our students, and having the right people in key positions is vital to ensure that happens."

John Litchfield,chair of the Lewisham and Southwark College board, said: "I'm so pleased to be able to welcome Annette to Southwark College. Her career to date has been successful and varied, and she brings such strength in a wide range of different areas. Annette's enthusiasm and excitement about the role is infectious and I am sure she will make her mark on the college quickly."

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