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Lucy McLeod

Principal of Canterbury College

Lucy McLeod has been the Principal of Canterbury College since January 2017. 

At the beginning of her career, Lucy thoroughly enjoyed travelling and spent a gap year backpacking around Asia, Australia and America. She graduated from Lincolnshire University with a 2:1 in Environmental Studies and trained as an English Foreign Language teacher and went on to apply for a job in Thailand. There, Lucy spent an interesting couple of years in an out-of-the-way spot in the north of the country.

Lucy joined the FE sector in 1998 as an EFL Lecturer and went on to gain experience in being a Programme Leader, a Head of Curriculum and Director of Partnership. She was responsible for programmes for the unemployed, and the management of subcontracting and apprenticeships.

Lucy's past experience includes that of being a Programme Leader, Head of Curriculum and a Director of Partnership. She was responsible for programmes for the unemployment and the management of subcontracting and apprenticeships. 

In 2015, Lucy began her role as a Vice Principal for Widening Participation, responsible for the strategic direction of student support. She was also the Senior Safeguarding Lead for the former East Kent College. Before joining Canterbury, Lucy was the Principal of Broadstairs College.

Passionate about the 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 College.