PRESS RELEASE: CHAIR OF GOVERNORS PRAISED FOR KEY ROLE IN COLLEGE’S TURN-AROUND AS HE STEPS DOWN
Following a very positive Ofsted inspection of Epping Forest College, Gagan Mohindra, Chairman of the Corporation Board of Governors, formally stood down from his role at a Governors’ meeting on March 19.
At the meeting Martin Rosner was elected as the new Chairman and joined with fellow governors in thanking Mr Mohindra for his guiding hand through a challenging period.
Mr Mohindra said: “I have really enjoyed my time as Chairman, and the close working relationship I developed with our excellent Principal, Saboohi Famili, my colleagues on the Board and the Management Team.
“It has also been a privilege to see, at first hand, the positive experiences enjoyed by our students at our local college.
“I became a Governor at a very challenging time for the college and quickly accepted the role of Chairman with a mission to cement stability and kick start the journey to improvement.
“The Ofsted report, just published, demonstrates how successful this has been and reflects the solid work that will continue to support improvement going forward.
“It is now the right time to hand over the reins for the next stage of our journey.
“I will keep a keen eye on progress and wish my colleagues continued success as they take our college to the place where the students, staff and the district deserve it to be.”
Mr Rosner has worked in further education for just over 25 years. Until 2009 he was a senior manager at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College where his responsibilities included HR, Student Services and Safeguarding. He left to join a not-for-profit organisation working in FE to head up its HR and merger service. Since then he has continued to work across the UK (including Scotland) supporting colleges with HR issues and helping them through mergers.
Mr Rosner joined the Epping Forest College Board last September. Mr Rosner said: “Gagan has been enormously supportive and devoted much of his time and energy to directing the college’s improvement journey and the investments made to underpin progress.
“We are very sorry to lose him but are aware that, given his district council and county council roles amongst others, this degree of support could only be a temporary measure to govern us through
this key period. “With the goal achieved, the college is now firmly set on its improvement journey and is in a much better place than it was when he stepped into the role.
“His support, enthusiasm and governance have been invaluable.”
College Principal Saboohi Famili said: “It has been a pleasure to work alongside Gagan supporting the hard work of everyone involved in moving the college forward and achieving so much in the short but productive time he has been with us.”I know he will continue to take an interest in our continued improvement as progress unlocks our potential for the future.
“We are also very pleased to be able to welcome Martin Rosner as the new Chairman.
“As a governor of the college, Martin has been close to the changes that are having such a positive impact.
“Stepping up to the role of Chairman, he brings with him a wealth of experience gained from over 20 years in further education leadership roles.
“We are all confident in his ability and excited by the future he will be leading us through.”
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