RAF topgun and Red Arrows trainer selected to help Peterborough Regional College reach new heights

Terry Jones, new principal of Peterborough Regional College.
Terry Jones, new principal of Peterborough Regional College.

A successful RAF pilot and the man responsible for training the Red Arrows has just been chosen to run Peterborough Regional College.

The college has appointed Tornado pilot Terry Jones as its new principal and chief executive officer to lead its long-term growth.

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Ready to thrill - the Red Arrows ANL-150318-173236001

Mr Jones, who will take up the post in July, is currently an Air Commodore with the RAF where he has spent most of his career as a Tornado pilot and instructor with operational experience in Iraq, Oman and Afghanistan.

He is currently the RAF’s director of flying training, which includes responsibility for the famous Red Arrows, and in which he oversees all aviation training for the RAF, Royal Navy and British Army.

A spokeswoman for the college said: “The college board appointed Terry following a rigorous recruitment process.

“He will take over from interim principal Ioan Morgan and will take up his post on July 1.”

Terry was the unanimous choice of the board to become the new principal.

Board chair Andrew Stafford

The principal’s job became vacant after the resignation of Angela Joyce last December.

Chair of the Corporation Board, Andrew Stafford said: “Terry was the unanimous choice of the board to become the new principal and we’re delighted he accepted the role.

“Terry will be leading an extremely dynamic college which has grown in the recent years and is transforming itself for the future, focusing on giving outstanding opportunities for new learners, progressing current learners and providing the employability skills for success in today’s challenging and changing economic environment and we strongly believe that Terry is the man to do this”.

Mr Jones said: “I’m delighted to be joining Peterborough Regional College at such an exciting time in its development.

“The College made great strides under the previous leadership and I intend to carry this journey forward to make it one of the very best colleges in the UK.

“I’m passionate about high standards in education and training and committed to serving our learners, the wider community and businesses in Peterborough and beyond.”