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Harper Adams lecturer appointed Governor of Shropshire college

Posted 15 January 2013

Being asked to act as an Independent Governor at the college is a great honour and a privilege.

Andrew Black

Andrew Black

A Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams University has been appointed as an Independent Governor at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College.

Andrew Black, who took up a post at Harper Adams last year specialising in rural land, property management and valuation, will take up the role at the college for four years from March 17.

Mr Black, who was a student at the college from 1996 to 1998 before going on to study at Harper Adams, teaches students on Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM), Rural Property Management, Agri-Food, Business and Agri-Business courses.

The father-of-one from Newport, who is also a Senior Officer and Ambulance Technician for St John Ambulance, said: “Being asked to act as an Independent Governor at the college is a great honour and a privilege. My interest in property developed during my time at the college studying A-Levels, so it seems fitting that I can now hopefully offer my skills and experience for the future development of the college, to benefit all the staff and students.

“My time at the sixth form college as a student was thoroughly enjoyable and I am honoured to be able to offer something back to the place that gave me such a good start in life.

“As a Shropshire boy through and through I want to help the college be as good as it can be for the current and future generations of staff and students.”

Martin Ward, Principal of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Andrew to our governing body. He will be following in the footsteps of his colleague Simon Keeble further cementing the close relationship between our two institutions.”

Harper Adams’ REALM Course Leader Mr Keeble has been an Independent Governor at the college since March, 2009.

Dr Barry Florey, Head of Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Department at Harper Adams, said: “Andrew is a former student of the college, and as a Chartered Surveyor with a background acting for a number of major clients including The Crown Estate, The Church of England, The Ministry of Defence, Network Rail and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, he brings a wealth of experience with him to the role, which will focus primarily around the college’s property strategy.

“This is a welcome appointment which can only strengthen the already firmly established links between the two institutions.”

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