THERE is a familiar face in the halls of North Shropshire College, with the appointment of a new principal and chief executive.

David Williams has taken up the top spot, following in the footsteps of Ian Peake who has retired after 17 very successful years in the role.

Mr Williams has almost 25 years' experience in the further education sector, most recently as the Principal of Halesowen College.

A resident of the Marches, David knows North Shropshire College well having held the position of deputy principal between the years of 2012 and 2017.

"I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead North Shropshire College," said David. "A successful and supportive institution that provides high quality educational opportunities for young people and adults across the region.

"The college offers a full range of courses including A Levels, apprenticeships and degrees, alongside a comprehensive suite of vocational programmes.

"Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to support their students and the College's outcomes are amongst the very best nationally."

Face to face teaching has resumed across all of the college's campuses and measures have been introduced to ensure that the college's community remains safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

David added: "Students across all qualifications have achieved great results this year despite the difficulties they have faced.

"This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of staff and students alike. Our campuses are open and ready to welcome a new intake of students and I am looking forward to a very successful year."