BARNSLEY College has announced the appointment of its new deputy CEO – a former student.

The college’s vice principal of technical and professional education, Gavin Batty, has been successfully appointed to the position and has now taken up the role.

Gavin has worked in the education sector for more than 20 years, spending 17 of those cumulatively at Barnsley College.

Lorraine Hall, currently quality director at Lifetime Training, will also join Barnsley College in October as vice principal.

She brings a wealth of experience gained through senior roles and more than two decades working with quality and apprenticeship teams at colleges and national training providers.

David Akeroyd, principal and chief executive of Barnsley College, said: “I am delighted to have appointed both Gavin and Lorraine to our executive team.

“I have been privileged to work alongside Gavin since joining Barnsley College in 2020 and have seen first-hand the impact his leadership and direction has had on our college, the curriculum and the development of our T Level and wider technical offer.

“This is a pivotal time for the college, and I have no doubt that he and Lorraine will help to drive it forward as we go through a period of evolution in pursuit of providing more of the sector leading opportunities our students and young people truly deserve.”

Gavin added: “Born and raised within Barnsley and as a former student of the college, I am a passionate advocate for our town and will continue to make sure Barnsley College sits at the heart of our fabulous community and serves it with distinction.”