Kenny MacInnes has been appointed as Forth Valley College’s new Vice Principal Learning and Student Experience.
The Director of Curriculum for Engineering and Science will take over in September from Fiona Brown – retiring Vice Principal Learning and Teaching - and be based at the Alloa Campus.
It has been a meteoric rise for the former EITB (NASEC) Mechanical Engineering Apprentice who left school in 1985 to train at Falkirk College of Technology – which later became Forth Valley College. Kenny also won an Apprentice of the Year award at the college, before completing his apprenticeship, and progressing to study for a degree in Computer Aided Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Kenny worked within the petro-chemical, manufacturing and aero industries before he joined the college as a lecturer in 2007. His notable skills and professionalism have seen him rise quickly through the ranks at FVC, moving on to become a Curriculum Manager in 2012, whilst completing a Masters Degree in Education at Dundee University, and then Head of Department in 2014. He has been responsible for the delivery of the College’s STEM strategy and relished his role as one of four new Directors of Curriculum.
Kenny, said: “First of all I would like to wish Fiona Brown well in her retirement, she has done a fantastic job and leaves the College in an excellent position. These are large shoes to fill. I am delighted at this new role and I am looking forward to working across all three campuses, including our new Falkirk Campus.
“I am sad to be leaving the Department of Engineering and Science as I have been involved in this subject area throughout my career, so to be taking a step back from Engineering is quite poignant for me.
“It is not lost on me that I started here at the Falkirk Campus as an Apprentice and am taken aback that I not only had an opportunity to study here, but was able to come here and begin my career in further education as a lecturer.
“I have been at the college for 12 years and I have been lucky and humbled to have worked with a lot of good people who have supported me and given me guidance as my career has progressed, and I am thankful and grateful for that.
“I love the culture here and I am now looking forward to the next stage and to engage with the students and staff that make up the forward thinking and innovative organisation that is Forth Valley College.”
FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kenny as our new Vice Principal Learning and Student Experience and are excited at the thought of what he will bring to the role. He is the ideal person to continue the brilliant work that has been done by Fiona Brown who has decided to retire this summer and I am also sure she will be delighted to see Kenny take on this role.
“This is a new role as we merge Learning and Teaching with the Student Experience. Kenny has Forth Valley College in his blood and he has studied here, lectured here and has been involved in senior manager roles at the college. His commitment, dedication and talent are just what we are looking for as we take this new strategic role forward and continue to make learning work in the Forth Valley area.”