John Widdowson CBE, Chair of Trustees

John began his career as a lawyer but has worked in Further and Higher Education for nearly forty years, the last twenty two of which have been as Principal and Chief Executive of New College Durham.

In addition to his roles in colleges across the country, John has played a leading role in a number of national educational bodies including the Further Education National Consortium and the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges. He has been a Board member and President of the Association of Colleges and was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

John has published papers and articles on a range of education subjects and has spoken regularly at national and international conferences.  He has a particular interest in the development of college-based Higher Education to provide alternatives to traditional approaches to higher education.

John was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees in July 2018.