A Warm Welcome to Leadership Learning
Being in post as Principal at Lancaster & Morecambe College during a fast-paced two months, I have deliberately dedicated time getting to know students, staff, and key community stakeholders the College connects with daily.
I have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome I have received, not only into the college but from the diverse vibrant networks across the district. I am extremely proud to be leading the College during this exciting period.
LMC’s bicentenary celebrations are scheduled for 2024, the work continues to refurbish aspects of our campus promoting further development of industry-standard resources and LMC is playing an influential role in realising the Local Skills Improvement Plan through a number of focused projects. The exciting part is, that this is just the tip of the iceberg!
Being a valued education partner in the amazing collaborative projects in the pipeline for the area speaks volumes about the role our college plays within the community. All this has driven home to me the responsibility and opportunity genuine system leadership presents.
Interestingly, I recently attended the Association of Colleges Annual Conference which saw over 300 leaders across the Post-16 sector descend on Birmingham for two days of information gathering, discussing the opportunities and challenges ahead, and importantly, learning.
I had the pleasure of hearing from some inspirational speakers sharing their personal stories of resilience, and determination and how support can come from the most unlikely of sources, all of which benefit others. Many of the speakers taking part in the conference were from organisations outside education, which added a diverse perspective, important to stimulate reflection.
I am looking forward to sharing both my new learning experiences and prior experience to benefit the local businesses and wider community our college serves, during my tenure as Principal.
Danny Braithwaite is the Principal and Chief Executive of Lancaster and Morecambe College. L&MC are Chamber Ambassadors, and Danny is a Chamber director.