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Lucy McLeod

Principal of Canterbury College

Lucy started her journey in the FE sector in 1998 as an English Foreign Language (EFL) Lecturer after spending a few years teaching English in northern Thailand.

Inspired by her gap year experiences backpacking around the world after leaving school, Lucy’s time in Thailand followed her undergraduate studies at Lincolnshire University, where she graduated with a 2:1 in Environmental Studies.   

Back in the UK, Lucy built her career in FE, becoming a Programme Leader, and later progressing up the ranks to Director of Partnerships, where she was responsible for programmes for the unemployed, the management of subcontracting, and apprenticeships.

In 2015, Lucy took on a new challenge as Vice Principal for Widening Participation at the former East Kent College. In this role, she steered the strategic direction of student support, and was the Senior Safeguarding Lead.

She later progressed to become Principal of Broadstairs College, before joining Canterbury College in 2017, where she remains as Principal.

Passionate about student voice, Lucy is committed to giving her students the best experience possible, going beyond just achieving a qualification. How a student develops personally whilst at Canterbury College is a key focus of hers.

Besides her role as Principal, Lucy also chairs the Kent and Medway Care Leavers Progression Partnership, which is committed to improving the progression opportunities of care experienced young people.

Lucy is now married with two young children, who keep her fully occupied when she is not at work.

As Principal of the Group’s largest College, Lucy is delighted to join the Executive Leadership Team and help steer the strategic direction of the Group.