The long-standing chief of a top Lancashire college has retired after more than 12 years in the role.
Ann Turner, principal and chief executive of Myerscough College and University Centre, became the college’s first female principal in its 110 year history.
Before that she was a long term member of Myerscough’s senior management team having held the position of director of finance for seven years, from 1998.
Ann said: “I’d grown to love the place and wanted to shape its future. I’m passionate about the college and the difference we can make to so many people’s lives.
“I do say to both staff and students that you spend too much time at work not to love what you do. It means every day is a happy day.
“We had a vision where we have a family atmosphere and of warmth and people feeling part of our community. Myerscough’s culture is around supporting individuals, whatever life has thrown at them.”
She added: “It will be very strange no longer being principal.
“It’s been the best job in my professional career. It’s a magical place and the quality of the staff would make anybody buzz.
“Any organisation is only as good as the people within it and I have worked alongside, reported to and supported an amazing team of people who are totally dedicated to providing the best possible student experience.”
Current vice principal, Alison Robinson, will take over as principal and chief executive while, Steven Downham-Clarke, has been appointed as the new vice principal and deputy chief executive.