New Principal announced

Experienced college principal Dr Elaine McMahon CBE has been appointed to take the helm at Kensington and Chelsea College.

McMahon becomes interim principal and chief executive as the college continues merger talks with neighbouring Ealing, Hammersmith and West London’s College, of which she has also been a previous interim principal.

Her long career in further education also includes being interim principal at City College Coventry, Edinburgh College and Harlow College.  Prior to undertaking interim roles she was Principal/CEO at the Hull College Group and Salford College.

Mary Curnock Cook OBE, chair of governors at the college, said:

“Elaine is an extremely experienced college principal who is well-regarded in the further education sector and we’re delighted that she will be bringing her talents to Kensington and Chelsea.

“I’d like to thank the previous principal Michele Sutton CBE for her excellent work at the college. We are very sad to lose her after her husband recently suffered a serious stroke and we fully understand her need to be with her family at this difficult time and send our good wishes for a full recovery.

Dr McMahon has more than 30 years’ experience in further and higher education in the UK and the USA, and previously worked in the legal profession.

She was made a CBE in 2009 for services to local and national education.

Dr McMahon said: “I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities at KCC.  Given the important changes underway at the College I will be emphasising the importance of the views of staff, students and the community as I get started.”

Kensington and Chelsea College provides education and training to 16 to 18 year-olds and adults at two centres in Chelsea and North Kensington, with a range of full-time and part-time courses.