Petroc announce Sean Mackney as their new Principal and CEO

Petroc announce Sean Mackney as their new Principal and CEO.

Petroc have announced that Sean Mackney will be joining them on the 1 August 2019 as their new Principal & CEO, taking over from Diane Dimond, who announced in March 2019 that she will be leaving Petroc in the summer as part of her retirement plan.

Sean joins Petroc from Buckinghamshire New University where he has served as Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Enterprise and External Relations and Pro Vice-Chancellor Education.

Kevin Finan, Chair of Petroc Governors commented ‘We are absolutely delighted with the appointment of Sean, who comes to us at a really exciting, if challenging time. We are confident that he will take up the mantel from Diane who has lead us so effectively for the past few years and under her leadership we have achieved so much including becoming NicDex No:1 College in 2018.  Sean has extensive experience in the FE and HE sectors as well as developing strategic partnerships with the business community and this will be invaluable for us in our next stage of development, ensuring we provide a high quality and relevant provision for our community.’

Sean has over 25 years’ experience in the Education Sector, in his most recent role at Buckinghamshire New University, Sean has been responsible for the University's partnership provision, with 5000 learners in partner FE colleges in the UK and internationally. He is also a member of the Executive of Buckinghamshire Education, Skills & Training, a joint venture between Buckinghamshire Colleges Group and Buckinghamshire New University to coordinate and grow higher level education and training, apprenticeships, and progression in the county. The collaboration has seen the two institutions make joint approaches to employers and provide opportunities for apprenticeship progression across levels 3 to 6. He has been a member of the Bucks and Thames Valley LEP Skills Board and developed a number of projects to support enterprise, skills development and innovation in the region.

‘I am passionate about working in partnership to improve learning and teaching, something I have done throughout my career with individual’s students, students unions and the NUS’ said Sean ‘and I relish the opportunity to do this back in my home area of Devon, ensuring we provide the best possible opportunities for our community.'