KEIGHLEY College principal Heather Whitehead has retired

She took on the role in 2015 following a reshuffle of the management team.

During her tenure, the number of students and apprentices at the campus doubled.

“It has been a huge privilege to have led Keighley College and watch countless students grow and flourish,” she said.

“Along the way I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing group of staff, who have supported the vision of the college and contributed to its success. I will miss them all dearly.

“Working together with employers and community organisations, the college has become a great success, and I look forward to seeing it expand and become a major player in the region as a whole.”

During her 30-plus-year career, Mrs Whitehead performed various roles at the college before being appointed principal.

She helped establish the college’s hair and beauty accredited provision, and held posts ranging from director of health and professional services to head of student experience – a role she took-up when the college became part of the Leeds City College Group, now the Luminate Education Group.

She also played a pivotal role in the college’s recent rebrand, part of a wider initiative designed to raise the profile of the college.

Mrs Whitehead said she now intended to pursue personal interests and spend more time with her family.

She will be succeeded as principal by Steve Kelly.

A spokesman said: “Steve has extensive experience in the education sector and of leading numerous provisions, including adult and community, and high needs.”