United Colleges Group chief executive announces departure

September 3, 2021

Nick Bell, chief executive of the United Colleges’ Group, has announced he will be leaving the organisation.

Mr Bell, who was appointed in 2019, informed governors this week of his wish to stand down from his role to move into semi-retirement.  He will leave at Easter next year.

During his tenure he led the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for the college.

Tony Johnston, chair of the Corporation, said: “On behalf of the governors of UCG I would like to thank Nick for the huge contribution he made forming our ambitious strategy. We are sad to be losing his services but understand his reasons for wishing to pursue other interests. Our focus now is on implementing our succession plan to continue to deliver and further develop our strategic objectives.”


Nick Bell said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at United Colleges Group but have decided there are a number of different activities and causes I would like to pursue in the coming years. I will move into semi-retirement at Easter to enable me to develop those opportunities. Between now and Easter I will continue to support the Corporation in the delivery of the United Colleges Group strategic plan, with a particular focus on developing our property and commercial opportunities.”

Note to Editors: United Colleges Group was formed in August 2017 when City of Westminster College merged with the College of North West London. Its 16,000 learners are based at five campuses in Westminster, Wembley, Willesden, Maida Vale and Kings Cross. The group’s colleges have served their communities for more than 100 years by providing further education and skills to help students develop themselves and their careers. 

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