New interim principal appointed at Lincoln UTC

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Lincoln University Technical College (UTC) has appointed Paul Batterbury as its new principal on an interim basis, following the resignation of former principal Dr Rona Mackenzie.

After a selection process from a panel including the Board of Governors, Lincoln UTC Trust and the Baker Dearing Trust, he accepted the role until the end of August 2017.

Paul, 54, will begin his new post in January 2017.

He is currently Head of Science at the college and has developed a 30-year teaching career.

During this time he has led colleges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, been Head of Secondary at The British School in Kathmandu, Nepal and Principal of an International Secondary School in the West Midlands.

The interview process was led by Paul Birt, Chair of the Board of Directors. He said: “Paul was the stand out applicant. He offers us a terrific mix of teaching experience and leadership roles in a variety of senior management teams.

“He also knows the UTC inside out, which will allow him to hit the ground running in the New Year.

“When our current principal, Dr Mackenzie, announced she was leaving, we decided not to be overly hasty in the recruitment process to find her successor.

“The board agreed that an interim principal was what we needed with a planned nationwide campaign being prepared for 2017.”

Mr Batterbury added: “I am delighted to be appointed as Interim Principal of Lincoln UTC; it is an honour and a privilege.

“I will be working with the excellent and loyal staff to ensure we continue to deliver great opportunities to our students to ensure that each and every one experiences success.

“Lincoln UTC offers a unique education but at its core are its students and these shall remain our primary focus.”

Lincoln UTC is a specialist college educating 14 to 18 year olds in core subjects including Mathematics and English alongside specialist studies in Engineering and Science.

Supported by the University of Lincoln, Siemens and a range of Lincolnshire businesses, up to 160 students are admitted into Year 10 and Year 12 each academic year.

As reported previously, the college’s first principal Dr Mackenzie stood down after three years to pursue an MBA.