Dr Lucy Reed joins the senior leadership team at Macclesfield College as Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality.

The former university lecturer who holds an MA from Goldsmiths University of London and a PhD from the University of Northumbria brings vast experience from over 20 years working in higher and further education.

After teaching for a number of years, Lucy left the classroom for various management positions at colleges across the North West including Curriculum Lead Manager and Assistant Principal.

In her new role Lucy is responsible for supporting the drive on quality of teaching and learning across Macclesfield College to ensure learners of all ages and ability achieve their full potential.

Lucy, who is originally from Hertfordshire explains: “I am a passionate believer in education as a way to help people transform their lives whatever their age or career ambitions. My priorities are to ensure that the college continues to provide a relevant, high quality and careers-focused curriculum underpinned by outstanding teaching and learning that will benefit both students and employers and ultimately the local and wider economy across Cheshire.

“Macclesfield College already has a strong reputation and I’m looking forward to working with staff and students to build on this and continue on the next stage in its journey to provide an outstanding offer to students and employers. The college evidently has a special role to play in the local community and I want to use my experience to help benefit our students.

“While we will continue to build a core set of employability skills that give our young people the best chance of success in the workplace, there has been a significant shift in attitudes to employment and no longer a ‘job for life’. Individuals change careers not just job roles, so we are increasingly seeing more adults access education to gain a new set of technical qualifications and hone their transferrable skills. It’s a great team at Macclesfield and I can’t wait to get started.”

Principal and chief executive Rachel Kay said: “I’m delighted about Lucy’s appointment and I’m looking forward to working with her. She has great experience and I am sure she will bring plenty of new ideas and innovation to continue to improve the already high quality offer we deliver.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the college this year with very busy enrolment so we are looking forward to our new and returning students benefiting from our consistent focus on quality.”

Lucy lives in Bowdon with her partner and two children. She enjoys running and has completed several marathons.