Professor Christopher Moore appointed as Principal


The Lanarkshire Board is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Christopher Moore as the new Principal and Chief Executive of New College Lanarkshire, effective from November 2019.

Professor Moore, currently Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor at York St. John University, has extensive experience in leadership and strategic direction in the education sector as well as a background in business.

He brings 18 years’ academic leadership experience to the role, having dedicated his career to enhancing and advancing life and career opportunities through education, with a particular commitment to widening access and support for all.

As well as leadership in education, Professor Moore comes from a Business Management background, with a PhD in Marketing. He is experienced in developing and implementing business models to improve organisational and academic performance with students at the heart of the organisation.  He has also provided consultancy to management boards of leading UK businesses.

Having lived in Lanarkshire most of his life, Professor Moore is passionate about developing opportunities and advancing the educational, economic, social and cultural prospects of the region.  

He said: "New College Lanarkshire raises aspirations and creates opportunities through the transformative power of education. I very much look forward to working with colleagues and external partners to further advance the positive impact of the College in the future.”

Keith Fulton, Interim Chair of the Lanarkshire Regional Board, welcomed the appointment, saying:

“During the recruitment process, Christopher inspired us with his vision for the College for the next decade. His insightful analysis of the College’s business plan, his aspirations for students and staff, the partnership working he demonstrated with key stakeholders and industry, and his ambition for the College and the local community was impressive.  We look forward to putting those plans into action.”

Professor Moore will succeed Martin McGuire, who has served as Principal and CEO of the College and legacy Cumbernauld College for 13 years. He is set to take up post as Director for Scotland of WorldSkills UK.

Keith continued: “On behalf of the Lanarkshire Board we would like to thank Martin for his service to New College Lanarkshire and the education sector in Scotland. We wish him the best of luck in his new role and look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with WorldSkills in the future.”

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