Pioneer principal beats hundreds to best boss title

25th June 2004 at 01:00
"The best boss in Britain" - and she is from further education. That was the accolade bestowed yesterday (Thursday) on Ros Micklem, principal of Cardonald College in Glasgow.

It was announced she had beaten hundreds of high-quality entries from throughout the UK to be declared best boss in a competition run by Lloyds TSB and the Working Families charity.

Its aim is to promote a work-life balance and Cardonald is praised for its efforts. Ms Micklem's managerial style is said to be time-consuming but it has reaped results. A statement from the competition organisers states:

"Staff turnover and absenteeism is low, the college has received an excellent HMI report, teacher-student relations are strong and a healthy approach to mind and body is evident throughout the college."

The college has a health day once a year, when employees can experience a range of activities from yoga to workshops on positive thinking. Cardonald endorses healthy lifestyles, it has introduced paid parental and emergency leave - and Ms Micklem is said to enjoy "excellent relationships" with the trade unions.

The principal said: "If my employees are happy and working well, then the students are getting the most from their learning and, at the end of the day, that's why we're here."

Ms Micklem is the first winner from Scotland and the first to work in education.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now