13 May 2016

The Chief Executive for the new Nottingham College will be businessman and former local authority Chief Executive John van de Laarschot.

The decision to offer the position to Mr van de Laarschot has been announced to staff and students of both Central College and New College Nottingham (NCN) by the Designate Board who are currently working to complete the merger of the two further education institutions by 1st August 2016.

A Chief Executive with a national profile, John has successfully led large-scale organisations in the private and public sectors including Coca-Cola, Mars, PepsiCo, Gerber Scientific, Wessanen, Torridge Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

During a combined 35-year public-private, UK and international career, John has worked with partners and colleagues to remodel, redesign, integrate and transform a diverse range of organisations into highly efficient customer-centric operations.

Chair of the Designate Board and Appointment Panel, Carole Thorogood says:

“After a rigorous interview and selection process, which involved feedback from students, staff, external partners and members of both college boards, we have found just the right person in John to lead the new organisation.

"He brings extensive private and public sector experience in leadership and managing change; qualities we required in candidates for this important role. Once the necessary contractual arrangements are in place, John will assist us with transition planning towards the launch of Nottingham College later this year.”

A passionate advocate for young people, John van de Laarschot is looking forward to working with staff, students and partners to build Nottingham College into a beacon of excellence for FE, delivering outstanding opportunities for young people of all abilities and backgrounds, integrating vocational qualifications and employability skills with the needs of business and helping to make sure the college plays a vital role in securing Nottingham’s future prosperity.