New principal is eager to start work

New Edinburgh College principal Annette Bruton. Picture: comp
New Edinburgh College principal Annette Bruton. Picture: comp
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A FORMER geography teacher and experienced education inspector has been appointed as the new principal of Edinburgh College.

Annette Bruton, from Haddington, was offered the role during a board meeting earlier this week and will officially begin work before the start of the next academic year.

She will take over from interim principal Dr Elaine McMahon.

Currently chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, where she has been since 2012, Ms Bruton previously held the same position with HM Inspectorate of Education from 2005-09.

She also enjoyed a three-year stint as director of education at Aberdeen City Council, where she worked until joining the Care Inspectorate. There, she oversaw the successful merger of three organisations into a single body.

Ian McKay, chairman of the board of Edinburgh College, said: “Annette was the unanimous choice of the board to become the new principal and we’re delighted she accepted the role. She has had a highly distinguished career in public service as well as extensive expertise and experience in education.

“Throughout the selection process she proved her strategic understanding, her sound judgement and her commitment to promoting life-long learning.

“As a former teacher she has great empathy for the needs of students and staff, and the importance of ensuring they are all supported to succeed throughout their education and professional lives.

“I’m certain that she will provide excellent leadership to steer the college throughout the next crucial period of its development, and I’m very much looking forward to working with her.”

Ms Bruton, who was born in 1955, went to Ross High School in Tranent and then studied geography at Dundee University.

She said: “I am honoured to take up this post and look forward to meeting new colleagues, both staff and students.

“Edinburgh College plays a pivotal role in the life of the Capital and well beyond. Its links with schools, universities and employers give real meaning to life-long learning and empower thousands of students with new skills each year.

“Having dedicated most of my career to education at all levels, I look forward to making a further contribution to providing high-quality learning and the opportunities that gives to the whole community and the economy of our region.”

Edinburgh College formed in October 2012 following the merger of three further education colleges.

Interim principal Ms McMahon added: “In my time here it’s been an absolute privilege to fulfil the role of interim principal, and Annette will find that she’s working with extremely talented people who are committed to giving our students an amazing education.”