Thank you for your interest in the post of Principal and Chief Executive at New College Lanarkshire.

The College’s strapline, ‘Skillset for Life’ encapsulates our fundamental ethos and skills development is the very essence of what we do.  As one of Scotland’s largest colleges, operating on both a regional and national basis, we can offer you the opportunity to be at the heart of shaping the further and higher education landscape within Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, and beyond.

This is an exciting time to join us.  Much has been achieved since our creation in 2013/2014 through the merger of Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Motherwell colleges and we are proud of these achievements.  Since merger, we have been the No. 1 college for skills in the UK at the WorldSkillsUK competitions three times and have never been out of the top three. The ability and success of our students and staff is frequently recognised through awards and commendations in national competitions and our contribution to the communities we serve is significant. 

However, there is still much to do and we have ambitious plans to ensure our continued financial stability and sustained student success, particularly in relation to those learners who are furthest away from education and training who represent a significant proportion of our curriculum delivery.

By joining us now as our next Principal and Chief Executive, you will be at the very centre of driving us forward and ensuring that everyone we work with is truly ‘Skillset for Life’.

I wish you well in your application.

Keith Fulton,
Interim Chair of The Lanarkshire Board

New College Lanarkshire is one of the largest colleges in Scotland, operating across Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire with campuses in Cumbernauld, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Kirkintilloch, Hamilton and Broadwood.

With around 1000 employees working across the six campuses, we work together to achieve the same goals: to enlighten, engage and enable people to improve their life chances through education and training.

Our teaching staff work across six faculties: Care & Science; Engineering & Automotive; Service Industries; Business, Social Science & Sport; Supported Learning; and Computing & Creative Industries. Our support staff help make it possible for us to deliver learning to more than 16,000 students, apprentices and trainees who access our courses and employability programmes annually.

Each of our campuses provide a different offering with industry-leading facilities, including the state-of-the-art recording studios and in-house radio station at Cumbernauld; modern hairdressing salons, brand new dental teaching facilities and a stunning conference venue in Coatbridge; the MLOne training restaurant and a £2.3million Heavy Goods Vehicle Training Centre in Motherwell; plus leading sports facilities at Broadwood.


The Role

The Principal and Chief Executive is a member of the Board of Management and is responsible to the Board for the delivery of its strategic objectives.  The Principal is accountable to SFC for the funds received and, as the Principal of the regional college, the post also has additional responsibilities as the Chief Officer for the Lanarkshire Board, with accountability for all regional funding received from SFC for both New College Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire College.

The Principal is the strategic lead for the College and is responsible for ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to ensure the College’s financial and statutory obligations are met, while ensuring the best experience possible for our learners.  The role has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the College’s curriculum is fit for purpose and meets the needs of local and national priorities, as set out in our Regional Outcome Agreement with SFC.


The role of Principal at New College Lanarkshire has a local, regional and national profile and the postholder is expected to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire Councils, the Scottish Government, SFC, Skills Development Scotland and many more.  This engagement with stakeholders includes raising the College’s public profile, working in partnership and lobbying in the College’s best interests.

To be considered for this challenging role, you will be able to demonstrate significant leadership experience in education or a related publicly funded body, with the requisite business and interpersonal skills to lead an organisation of 16,000 students, 1,000 staff and a turnover of c£54m.  Full details of the skills and experience required are provided in the job description below.

 Principal and Chief Executive job description

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Supporting Information

Key documents and reports

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 26th June 2013 and received Royal Assent on 7th August 2013

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about the support for, and the governance of, further and higher education institutions, including provision for the regionalisation of colleges; to make provision for reviews of how further and higher education is provided; to make provision for sharing information about young people's involvement in education and training; and for connected purposes.

Please click here for The Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act 2013