Leeds College of Building appoints first female principal and CEO

Leeds College of Building has appointed Nikki Davis as its next principal and CEO, making her the first woman to hold the post in the institution’s lifetime.

Nikki will start on 1 August, moving up from her role as the College’s vice principal for teaching, learning and quality and replacing incumbent principal and CEO, Derek Whitehead.

Prior to working at Leeds College of Building, Nikki was vice principal (technical and professional) and assistant principal (employer engagement) at York College, head of department at Kirklees College, and programme manager at Leeds City College.

Commenting on her appointment, Nikki said: “I’m delighted to be appointed to the role of principal and CEO at Leeds College of Building and to build on its previous successes and first-rate tradition of delivering exceptional training to learners from across the UK.

“This is an exciting time for the College, and I very much look forward to working with students, staff, employers, and partners to ensure that Leeds College of Building delivers on its potential.” 

Peter Norris, chair of governors at Leeds College of Building, added: “The College is passionately committed to inclusivity in construction and promoting diversity in the workforce, and so we look forward to Nikki commencing her role as principal and CEO. Not only will her appointment ensure seamless continuity, but she also has outstanding knowledge of leadership in the Further Education sector.”

>>Read more about Leeds College of Building here.

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