Stockton Riverside College has appointed Lesley Graham as its new campus principal.
Describing the college as “a hidden gem”, Lesley is originally from Liverpool and has worked at FE colleges across the Midlands and South-East
“Here at the college students have so many avenues to support them and help them achieve but ultimately, it’s the student who has to do the work in order to be successful,” she said.
“The key is to never give up, there’s always an answer and they will come out stronger at the other end.”
Working alongside the chief executive of the wider Stockton Riverside College Group, Phil Cook, Lesley is looking forward to helping to open up further opportunities to potential students in Stockton.
She added: “I am excited by the college. I feel we are on the cusp of something really special here.
“I’m very much about ensuring we build on our links with local and regional employers to make sure we are equipping students with the skills they need both in the short and long term to sustain businesses development and growth both regionally and nationally.
“The majority, if not all, students coming to the college are at a point that they want to thrive. They ultimately want a decent job with a decent salary.
“I see the role of the college as providing employers with the skills they need. There is a lot of growth and regeneration in this area which is really exciting.
“With that comes opportunities for our learners. We want to give our students the skills to go on, be successful and flourish.”