Bedford College Group announces successor to Ian Pryce CBE

The new CEO of Bedford college, Yiannis Koursis OBE.
The new CEO of Bedford college, Yiannis Koursis OBE. Image: Bedford College Group

Bedford College has announced that Yiannis Koursis OBE will take the college forward after current CEO, Ian Pryce CBE, retires after 25 years in the role.

While Yiannis won’t join until 2 January 2024, the scope of the job is so significant that the handover has already begun, nine months ahead of his start date.

Yiannis has spent 17 years transforming the lives of young people and is currently the Principal and Chief Executive of Barnsley College, which was ranked as Outstanding by Ofsted. He has worked at the college for seven years.

“I am fortunate to have got to know Yiannis over the last couple of years as members of the FE Commissioner’s Principals Reference Group,” said Ian.

“He has an excellent reputation in the sector and I know he will be great to work with and will take our college group to the next level.”

Ian Pryce Bedford College
Bedford College principal & CEO, Ian Pryce, is retiring next year Image: Bedford College

The college acknowledges that Yiannis has quite a remit in front of him and has been given the top job to continue the Group’s outstanding achievements.

The recruitment process was a gruelling one which was led by the Chair of Governors, Allan Schofield.

Allan said: “Both I and the Corporation are excited to appoint Yiannis as our new CEO.

“We are committed to making The Bedford College Group a truly excellent institution leading the region’s training and skills agenda, and we are confident that Yiannis will help us achieve this in building on our already sound foundations.

“We are delighted to be welcoming him as he joins us to help take us forward in the next step of our journey.”

Yiannis has held a number of senior Further Education roles across the UK. In addition to this, he has spent a decade working within the charity and voluntary sector and in 2022 he was awarded an OBE.

He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts thanks to his dedication to ensuring that the Further Education system transforms the lives of the young people and mature students who enrol in it every year.

In addition to this, Yiannis has recently worked with the Gatsby Foundation, an organisation that helps to give a high profile to the UK education sector.

He has also been invited to contribute to the Government’s white paper for FE reform and has worked with the Further Education Principals Reference Group where he worked alongside the FE Commissioner in improving performance in FE colleges.

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