East Coast College appoints new Principal and CEO


East Coast College is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Padda as the new Principal and CEO.

Paul has worked at the college for more than a decade having joined in 2013, and has held the role of Interim Principal and CEO for the past few months. Prior to joining East Coast, Paul worked in various curriculum management roles at other further education establishments covering all aspects of delivery and commercial work.

During Paul’s time working as Deputy Principal for Curriculum, Quality and Learner Experience at East Coast College, Paul has consistently helped to improve standards of teaching, learning and outcomes for students across the college’s Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Sixth Form campuses. His leadership was fundamental in the college receiving a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted, securing funding for the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the college’s Great Yarmouth campus and becoming a founding partner in the development of The Place, a new university and library opening in the heart of Great Yarmouth.

David Blake, Chair of East Coast College Corporation said: “Paul has many years of experience working in the further education sector and we are extremely pleased to have him leading our college. Paul was appointed following a robust appointment process that included panels of staff, students and stakeholders, followed by a final governor interview in which Paul’s passion for the college and education shone through.

“The Board and I are looking forward to working with Paul to develop and improve our amazing college for the good of our staff, students, employers and community.”

Speaking on his appointment, Paul said: “I am honoured and thrilled to have been appointed as Principal and CEO for East Coast College. I’ve had the privilege of working at the college since 2013 having held a number of different posts, and every day I am amazed by the work our college does for our students and our communities, delivering better opportunities as an inclusive organisation. I am excited to continue working and developing our college.”

Paul will be supported by the current leadership team, including Urmila Rasan, Deputy Chief Executive, and Ruth Harrison, interim Deputy Principal.