Martin Doel is to step down from his role as chief executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) in September 2016, after spending seven years in the job.
Mr Doel will take up the inaugural Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) Professorship for Further Education and Skills, based at the UCL Institute of Education, from 1 April 2016. The role will initially be on a part-time basis, before becoming full-time in September.
The AoC will begin the process of appointing a new chief executive in January 2016.
Prior to leading the AoC, Mr Doel had worked with the Ministry of Defence as its director of training and education, as well as spending three years as the Royal Air Force's director of personnel and training strategist.
He said: “Working at the Association of Colleges has been the most rewarding job that I have had. I am immensely proud of the service my colleagues at AoC have provided to colleges and their students over the past years and I look forward to continuing to lead them over the next 10 months."
Carole Stott, AoC chair, said Mr Doel had been a "tremendous asset to AoC" and had "led us through a period of significant challenge and change". "It is therefore no surprise that he has been offered such an important role that will continue to highlight the importance and reputation of further education," she added.
Dame Ruth Silver, FETL president, said: “I am delighted that Martin Doel is taking on this vitally important role. FETL’s mission is not to develop the practice of ‘doing’ leadership, it is to develop a specific dimension of leadership, and that dimension is thinking. Thinking about other ways of doing, but also thinking about other ways of being, in order to shape the future to which we are loyal.”
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