Suzanne returns as college head

East Durham College corporation chairwoman, Sue Reece, welcomes new principal Suzanne Duncan
East Durham College corporation chairwoman, Sue Reece, welcomes new principal Suzanne Duncan

A HARTLEPOOL-BORN woman has taken over the reins at a college – and says she hopes to lead the organisation to the “next stage of its development”.

Suzanne Duncan is the new principal and chief executive of East Durham College, in Peterlee.

She returns to the campus, having been its assistant principal from 2003 to 2007.

The 41-year-old was chosen after a national search and recruitment exercise, which culminated in an intensive three-day final selection process.

Mrs Duncan, who now lives in Durham, joins the Willerby Grove-based college from Sunderland College, where she has worked for five-and-a-half years in the role of vice principal.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed principal and chief executive officer at East Durham College.

“I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity to lead East Durham College to the next stage in its development and I’m very excited about the positive contribution we can make to the individuals, communities and local economies we serve.”

Sue Reece, chairwoman of the corporation of the college, said she is delighted at Mrs Duncan’s appointment.

She added: “Suzanne brings to the college an impressive range of experience and a successful track record. She will take forward our ambitious three-year plan to become an outstanding college.

“The governors, staff and students look forward to an exciting new chapter in the life of East Durham College.”

Mrs Duncan was educated at Northumbria University, where she read travel and tourism management.

She went on to work in the travel industry for a number of years in London before returning to the North-East.

Mrs Duncan replaces former principal Stuart Wesselby, who returned to Tresham College in Northamptonshire.

Eugene McCrossan, who was interim chief executive and principal at the college, returns to his original role as vice principal for finance and business planning.