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New Interim Principal to join Richmond upon Thames College

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is pleased to announce that Dr Elaine McMahon has been appointed as Interim Principal and CEO with effect from 1 September 2020, succeeding Diane Dimond. Elaine joins the College with a wealth of experience and a successful track record as a principal and CEO of several further education colleges.

Diane is leaving her role as Interim Principal and CEO later this year to take up a substantive role outside the further education sector following her work with the College since August 2019. Diane said, “Richmond upon Thames College is an excellent organisation with brilliant students, hard-working and committed staff, plus a strong network of stakeholders and employers. The College is well placed to support the education and training needs of young people and adults as we emerge from the COVID-19 situation. I will miss college life from September, but I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Elaine, a really experienced sector principal, and I know that the College will go from strength to strength under her leadership.”

During Diane’s time at RuTC, the College has opened its inspiring new campus for students in South West London. The new state of the art facilities brings together education, enterprise and the local community to deliver innovative curricula that use the latest technologies. Phase 2 includes the construction of a STEM Centre which will provide an environment for training in engineering, science and robotics.

Ian Valvona, Chair of Governors at RuTC, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Elaine McMahon to Richmond upon Thames College. Elaine is a respected senior leader in further education joining us at a time of growing student numbers and as we move into our brand new campus next to the home of English rugby in Twickenham. I would like to thank Diane Dimond for her excellent work for the College which leaves us well placed to rise to the challenges of the next academic year – the College wishes her all the very best for her future career.”

Elaine McMahon, incoming Interim Principal and CEO at RuTC, said, “I am looking forward to joining Richmond upon Thames College from 1 September, as Interim Principal and CEO. The College has a long, well-established history of delivering good education and training and of making a significant contribution to the communities it serves. During the current, extraordinary times, the College has successfully continued to operate thanks to the hard work of Diane Dimond, all staff and students. The new academic year sees a renewed strength of purpose as students are welcomed to their wonderful new building.”

Prospective students can still get course information and apply for September 2020.


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