Appointments: Solicitor moves next door!

David Gray Solicitors have appointed a new solicitor to their property department

Matthew Smith has joined the Newcastle office of David Gray Solicitors
Matthew Smith has joined the Newcastle office of David Gray Solicitors

Matthew Smith joined the firm at the beginning of the month having previously spent nearly six years, two as a trainee, at next-door Samuel Phillips Law Firm.

With experience in a wide range of property and other matters at his previous firm, Matthew arrived at David Gray with a view to focusing on commercial property, and to helping to expand the firm’s commercial client base.

New principal takes the helm of Newcastle Sixth Form College

Gerard Garvey has been appointed as the new principal for Newcastle Sixth Form College.

Mr Garvey joins in August in time to lead the organisation into the new academic year. The college, which was officially opened by Professor Lord Robert Winston in 2014, is the city’s first dedicated sixth form college providing state-of-the-art facilities for 16 to 19-year-olds from across the region. More than 25% of its students went on to study at Russell Group Universities last year.

Mr Garvey is currently principal at Barnsley Sixth Form College. He is an experienced sixth form leader who has a great deal of experience as both an A-level teacher and manager in inclusive, high-performing sixth form colleges across the country. He will succeed former principal Steve Gibson.

Newcastle Sixth Form College is a division of NCG and, as well as leading the sixth form, Mr Garvey will also take up a position as a member of the NCG executive board.

He joins NCG from the senior management team at Barnsley College which has been outstanding since 2010. During his time at Barnsley, Mr Garvey has led on the separation of Barnsley Sixth Form from the main college brand and the construction of a new £18m sixth form facility. He has also overseen major improvements in success rates and a significant increase in the number of students progressing into Higher Education.

NCG chief executive Joe Docherty said: “Gerard is an excellent appointment to lead our sixth form college. He is an experienced leader, who has achieved outstanding success rates and highly-responsive partnership work with schools, learners and parents. I am confident he will take Newcastle Sixth Form College to even further success.”

Gerard Garvey said: “I am delighted to be taking on a new challenge at Newcastle Sixth Form College and look forward to joining in August. The impressive facilities and strong brand identity have established the sixth form as an aspirational place to study.

“My focus will be on making Newcastle Sixth Form College the preferred A-level choice of study for young people in the region by developing quality and working to guarantee that learners achieve the highest success rates and make exceptional progress.”


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