Chairman steps down after 16 years as Governor

26th July 2013 10:58am - Return to press releases

Chairman steps down after 16 years as Governor

The Chairman of the Corporation of East Riding College, David Thacker, is to step down after eight years at the helm.
Mr Thacker, from Driffield, a well-known figure in education in the region and former headteacher at Driffield School, has decided to hand over the reins in his 16th year as a governor with the College.

Mr Thacker (pictured, right) said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my fellow governors, staff and students at East Riding College and I am delighted to leave the College in such a strong position.
“Working together, we have seen excellent progress in terms of improvements to the success rates of our students and the facilities in which they study, as well as very significant increases in the number of people who choose the College for their further or higher education qualification.
“I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the College over the past 16 years and wish them every success for what I am certain will be a very bright future.”

Principal Derek Branton (pictured, left) said: “David Thacker has made an invaluable contribution to the lives of literally thousands of young people and adults in education and training through his work at East Riding College.
“Under his chairmanship of the Governing Body, the College has grown into the largest provider of education and training in the East Riding of Yorkshire and has earned numerous accolades for the very high quality provision of teaching and learning it provides.
“David will be sorely missed but he leaves the College in an excellent position to continue making a very significant and positive difference to the lives of young people and adults in the region.”

Mr Thacker, who retired as headteacher of Driffield School in 2001, became a governor of East Yorkshire College in Bridlington in 1997, prior to its merger with Beverley College to form East Riding College in 2002.
He became Chairman of the Corporation in 2005 and at the same time took his seat on the Association of Colleges’ Regional Committee.
In addition to his work with the College, he is also an active member of his church, the Driffield Lions Club, a chorister in several groups, Chairman of Kingsmill Special School in Driffield and a member of Driffield Agricultural Society. 
His achievements with the College were recognised during a presentation by Governors of a crystal Lindesfarne Gospel decanter, which featured an inscription of the College logo, his title as Fellow of the College’s Corporation and a recognition of his “outstanding contribution to college governance in the East Riding”.
Though he is stepping down as a “full” Governor, he will continue as a co-opted member of the Remuneration, Finance and Human Resources Committee.

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