Lord Mawhinney announced as College's first President

City  College  Peterborough  is  delighted  to  announce  that  the  Right  Honourable  the  Lord  Brian  Mawhinney  has  been  appointed  President  of  the  College.   Pat Carrington, principal of the College said, “This  is  a  very  exciting  appointment  for the College  and  the City.  Lord  Mawhinney   is  a  passionate  advocate  of education  and  brings with  him  a  staggering  wealth  of  experience.  We are thrilled that he has  agreed  to  become  our  president.”

Lord  Mawhinney  said,  “I  am  very  honoured  to  be  the  President  of  City  College  Peterborough  which  I  have  admired  for  many  years.  I  will  do  my  best  to  promote  it  and  help  its  further  development  in  any  way  I  can.”

The  announcement  came  as  Lord  Mawhinney  opened  a  new  specialist  building  within  the  Brook  Street  campus.  The Jean  Hunt  Building, named in honour of the College’s former longstanding Governor, who sadly passed away in March 2014,  will  house  discrete  provision  for  learners  with  learning disabilities  or  difficulties.  The new facilities has been designed to help young people and adults with special educational needs to progress to further education, employment or voluntary work and independent living.

Lord Mawhinney opening the Jean Hunt Building at City College Peterborough

Lord  Mawhinney  was  elected  a  lifelong  peer  in  2005  having  served  as  a  Member  of  Parliament  for  the  Conservative  Party  from  1979  to  2005.  His  responsibilities  included  Chairman  of  the  party,  Secretary  of  State  for  Transport  and  Minister  of  State  for  Health.  Outside  politics  Lord Mawhinney  has  been  Chairman  of  the  Football  League  and  is  the  current  president  of  Christians  in  Sport.  He  is  the  Chair  of  Malone  Consulting  Ltd  and  has  other  non-executive  directorate  responsibilities.

Leader of the Council and chair of the College’s Governing Board, Cllr John Holdich said “I have known Lord Mawhinney for many years as a colleague and a friend and  I am delighted that he has joined the College as its first President as he will bring a wealth of experience and dynamism to the role.”

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