Dudley College Welcomes New Chair of the Corporation

After serving on the Dudley College Corporation since 2004, John Freeman CBE, will take up the position of Chair of the Corporation, replacing Viv Astling OBE who recently retired as chair for the past six years.

John has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the education and training environment, gained from a variety of local government and teaching roles, culminating in the award of a CBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours List for services to local government.Front left to right: John Freeman CBE with Principal Lowell Williams

As new Chair of the Corporation at Dudley College John said "Dudley College has exciting plans to enhance the future of further and higher education in the borough, and I'm delighted to be so closely involved in the regeneration of the town centre.

I have a passion for education and a belief that by giving individuals the skills they need, they can go on to secure employment and contribute to their communities. Dudley College is developing some fantastic training facilities in the town, and I'm proud to be associated with such a progressive organisation."

Lowell Williams, Principal at the College explained "With an understanding of the Borough's need for skills, I'm confident that John as Chair, together with the other members of the Corporation will continue to provide the strategic leadership the College requires as it develops the Dudley Learning Quarter. The governors and I welcome John to his new post, and look forward to some challenging, but exciting times ahead".

After graduating from the University of Birmingham, John initially taught until entering local government as Deputy Director of Education for Somerset County Council. In 2001 John joined Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council as Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, where he rapidly improved the department taking it from a failed Ofsted inspection to a position of being judged consistently 'good' within two years. Alongside John's role as Chair, he is an independent commentator and writer on education and children's services.