Principal & Chief Executive

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead Petroc into the next decade. Our Principal and CEO is retiring after 8 successful years.

It’s a thrilling time to join Petroc… Rated as the best college in the country 2018*, Petroc is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. We are extremely passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge, innovation and skills of individuals, communities and businesses in Devon and beyond.

*Ranked no 1 in NICDEX league table, published by FE Week

From stunning scenery to cutting edge technology, Devon, has so much to give. Positioned in the south west of the UK, Devon covers an area of 2,590 square miles and is bordered by Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Its popularity lies predominantly in the beauty of its countryside and coastlines, which offer an enhanced quality of life.

Year after year our students produce exceptional, record-breaking results and progress onto the country’s leading universities, further training or employment.

We have three campuses in North Devon and Mid Devon, and are proud to offer an exceptional range of curriculum with provision ranging through further education to higher education including A-levels, apprenticeships, vocational training, degrees and professional programmes both full and part time, and including a wide range of recreational and short courses. We are committed to serving our whole community and live by our values of: Professional, Trusted, Ambitious and Inclusive.

The College has a strategically significant campus in Tiverton, which will require regular travel and on-site presence from the Principal & CEO.

We are seeking a strong leader; one who is visible and aspirational. Our new Principal and CEO will have a track record of success as a further education leader. We seek someone who is values driven, innovative, forward thinking with an emphasis on curriculum, quality and learners. We are looking for an inspirational leader, someone who is business and community focused and someone who will continue to inspire staff and students alike and take Petroc from being Ofsted ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.

Petroc remains in good financial health, despite the reduction in real-terms funding for the FE sector from the Government.

Our Successes:

  • Number One College 2018 in the FE Week NICDEX league table
  • Petroc in top 20% in country based on value added (ALPs) (based on 3 year trend data to 2017/18)
  • ‘Good’ Ofsted December 2015
  • Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver
  • AoC Beacon Award: commended 2018-19
  • STEM Assured
  • ‘Good’ financial health
  • Matrix
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Dying to Work Charter


  • 39 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays.
  • Competitive salary
  • Relocation package
  • On-site parking
  • Comprehensive staff benefits scheme

Closes on:  Noon on 8 March 2019

Assessment Centre:  27 & 28 March 2019

If you would like an informal chat with the Governance Advisor, Jane Barton, please contact 01271 852456.

For further information and to download an application pack, please click the link. Please note it is not College policy to accept CVs.