Sean Lyons, new Chair of Governors at West Nottingham College

Vision West Nottinghamshire College has appointed a new chairman of Governors in the latest move for the cash-strapped facility.

The Derby Road college requested £2.1m in exceptional financial support from the government last September, which was granted just 48 hours before the college was due to run out of cash.

The college was then placed into administered status in November last year, following the ‘serious corporate failure’ which prompted the departure of its CEO Dame Asha Khemka.

Mr Sean Lyons, will take the helm of the corporation board and brings with him a wealth of experience.

He is a former NHS chairman, having headed-up the board of directors at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has more than three decades of experience in the steel and manufacturing sectors as an executive.

He said: “I’ve experienced similar situations at other organisations in the past where things needed to improve, so I’d like to see what I can do to help.”

“Regardless of the changes taking place, we will absolutely make sure that students feel the experience they’re getting is one that is improving all the time.”
Sean Lyons, Chairman of Governors at West Nottinghamshire CollegE

“In addressing the issues that have driven these financial pressures – basically the college has over-stretched itself in previous years – the organisation now needs to alter in size, in accordance with the provision that it’s capable of delivering.

This could result in a number of redundancies at the college, but the college will try to re-deploy colleagues into new roles or help them find alternative employment.

Mr Lyons added: “Regardless of the changes taking place, we will absolutely make sure that students feel the experience they’re getting is one that is improving all the time.”