K College appoints principal Phil Frier to tackle millions of debt
The financially-stricken K College has appointed a new interim
principal to oversee its efforts to recover from its deep
Phil Frier has taken on the role at a critical time for the
college, which has a deficit of more than £6m.
A government task force was sent in to the crisis-hit college
late last year as part of moves to help it sort out its huge
The team sent in by the Skills Funding Agency is conducting a
three month review of the college, which has campuses in Dover,
Folkestone, Ashford, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
Mr Frier comes with a reputation as a one of the leading further
education leaders in the sector, with a track record in turning
round under-performing colleges.
He was principal at the City College in Brighton, where he
oversaw major improvements at an institution with similar problems
to K College.
At the time he left, Ofsted rated the college's leadership and
management as outstanding.
He said: "I am really pleased to be able to contribute to the
further development of further education across Kent.
"Whilst the current financial situation at the college is an
immediate problem I am confident that we will continue to provide
educational opportunities in Dover, Folkestone, Ashford, Tonbridge
and Tunbridge Wells."
"My first commitment is to our students and future students in
the coming years, to provide college courses for September 2013 and
K College has campuses
across Kent, including Tonbridge
"The good news is that K College is in recovery and is committed
to offering courses for our students next year. We are still
recruiting, we are open for business and we will continue to
provide high quality educational opportunities leading to
Mr Frier has over 35 years of experience in further
He retired from his full-time role at Brighton in 2012 and
is currently chair of a 23-strong consortium of colleges across the
Mr Frier will be at the college for at least six months.