New principal to take the helm at Plumpton College

Jeremy Kerswell

Jeremy Kerswell

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A new principal has been appointed at a specialist horticultural college.

Jeremy Kerswell will be replacing Des Lambert OBE, FRAgS, as principal of Plumpton College, who is retiring after more than 40 years, including 15 years as principal.

He will take up his post on October 5 and there will be a short handover period.

Stan Stanier, chairman of the governing body, said: “Jeremy has an excellent grounding for this job.

“He is currently the head of Cannington College, a successful land-based college in Somerset, and has previously worked at other land-based colleges, including Brinsbury and Hadlow.

“He has a Sussex background, having attended both The Forest School and The College of Richard Collyer in West Sussex before taking a degree in animal science at Reading University.”

Mr Kerswell said: “I am delighted to be returning to Sussex. Plumpton College has an excellent reputation among the rural communities it serves in Sussex and further afield and among its many partners.

“That is a tribute to the dedication of the staff and to the wise and steady leadership Des has provided. I am proud to be following in his footsteps. There are many economic challenges ahead, but the college is financially strong, and I am keen that it continues to grow and develop in response to the evolving skills needs of the land-based sector.”

The college currently has more than 1,500 students on further education and higher education courses.

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