‘The role of the FE commissioner will be split in two following Sir David Collins’ concern over his workload covering both intervention and area reviews.
Two candidates were shortlisted to take over from Sir David, and FE Week understands that Richard Atkins will become the FE commissioner.
Mr Atkins was principal of Exeter College from 2002 until March 2016, and retired on a high after the college received an Ofsted grade one in 2014.
He was president of the Association of Colleges in 2014/15, appointed a CBE in the most recent New Year’s Honours list for this services to FE and became an Ofsted board member in July.
However, Mr Atkins will mainly focus on the original FE commissioner role of overseeing a programme of college intervention and support, first established in November 2013.
Responsibility for area reviews, an 18 month programme which started in September 2015, will fall to Marilyn Hawkins, currently one of five Deputy FE Commissioners.
The Department for Education, which following the machinery of government changes now oversee and funds the FE Commissioner’s office, declined to comment on the splitting of the role or the appointments.’ - FE Week