After seven roller coaster years at Peterborough Regional College, its principal and chief executive Angela Joyce,40, is quitting Peterborough, leaving just before the local government elections next year to take on the reportedly troubled Warwickshire College, where the £230,000-a-year chief executive, Mariane Cavalli, resigned in a shroud of secrecy in June last summer.
It's thought that Ms Cavalli had punted over £500,000 of funding into a consultancy group, just weeks after the college announced rising debts meant it would have to make cuts and impose many redundancies. It later emerged that although there had been no financial irregularities, a difference in ‘strategic vision’ existed between Ms Cavalli and college governors.
The college had invested heavily, some say 'rashly' whilst funds are tight, in the Gazelle Group - a coalition of colleges working to promote student entrepreneurship - and is still a member.
According to a freedom of information request, the college spent more than £200,000 on purchasing shares in Gazelle Transform Ltd and a further £324,000 for services in connection with developing a ‘new education concept’ with Gazelle Global
Former chair of governors Sue Georgious, took over as interim principal and remains so until Ms Joyce joins next year.
|OUT: Mariane Cavalli, she suddenly resigned last Summer|
Angela Joyce, takes up her new post in April, is also one of 23 college principals with membership of the controversial Gazelle Group, of which Ms Cavalli, was one of five founder members.
Warwickshire College has six campuses. Located at Henley, Moreton Morrell, Warwick, Leamington, Rugby, and Pershore, in Worcestershire. Its expected that some members of Peterborough Regional College staff will be following Ms Joyce to Warwickshire... especially as the new PCC budget austerity cuts, being proposed by Marco Cereste begin to bite.
Warwickshire College has ploughed over half a million pounds into the Gazelle Group since it was formed in 2012, with questions being asked about what it was getting in return for its money.
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