Luminate Education Group welcomes two new principals

Danny Wild

Luminate Education Group has welcomed two new principals, Steve Kelly and Danny Wild, to the organisation.

Steve took over from Keighley College’s former principal, Heather Whitehead, in September.

Mr Kelly, who has worked in the FE sector for 30 years in a number of settings, including colleges, adult and community settings and training providers, started out as a learning support assistant. He further progressed, becoming a Special Education Needs lecturer. He has also taught and managed performing arts, health and social care and teacher education.

He said: “Keighley College is a fantastic college which is at the heart of the community. The staff and students are fantastic and have a real aspiration to help the town of Keighley develop and succeed.”

Danny Wild took over the principal’s post at Harrogate College at the beginning of August.

The college joined Luminate Education Group in August this year with the intention of making Harrogate College the provider of choice for technical and vocational education in the Harrogate District.

Mr Wild said: “Harrogate College has a lot of potential and as a resident in the District, this role gives me an opportunity to work across Harrogate to develop the college to meet the needs of its stakeholders.’’

With ambitious plans to become the region’s leader in vocational and academic education, Luminate Education Group is backed up by a family of high performing education institutes.

It’s one of the largest and fastest growing education groups in the country. With an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features, it consists of Leeds City College, University Centre Leeds, Leeds Sixth Form College, Keighley College, Leeds College of Music, the White Rose Academies Trust, and recently Harrogate College.

Bill Jones, deputy CEO of the Luminate Education Group, said: “The group is continuing to grow, with a diverse offer across all of our provisions.

“We are pleased to have Steve and Danny joining us, both of whom have a wealth of experience for leading and delivering excellent results.

“The Luminate Group brings organisations offering a broad range of educational experiences together into a partnership. We look forward to working with them, together with stakeholders, students and staff to shape our on-going work.”

One of the key activities of the Luminate Group Board and the Executive Leadership Team is leading on developing key relationships and partnerships across the Leeds city region and nationally.

In 2017, the group put in place a new unique governance structure across all provisions, with an overarching Group Board and member boards for Leeds City College, Leeds College of Music, Keighley College and the White Rose Academies Trust.

This has resulted in localised decision making and a more strategic approach to the institutions development, which includes individual and collective contributions within the community and the region.


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