Richard Atkins has been Principal of Exeter College since 2002, and was previously Principal of Yeovil College for seven years. He has been elected President of the Association of Colleges (AoC) for 2014/15.
Richard has held a number of national roles over the past twenty years whilst being a college Principal including being President of ACM, a member of the LSC's Adult Learning Committee, a Commissioner on the CAVTL and a member of the AoC Board from 2007 until 2013. Richard is currently Chair of AoC Sport, the sector owned organisation responsible for the development of sport and physical exercise in colleges. Locally Richard and his colleagues have developed strong partnerships with employers, schools, local authorities, and the voluntary sector.
Prior to joining Yeovil College Richard worked as a lecturer, teacher and manager in schools and colleges in Chichester, Guildford and York. After leaving school Richard spent several years working in business in London, mainly at Harrods. He successfully completed part time, employer sponsored vocational training programmes.
Richard returned to higher education after a short career in business and attended the Universities of Reading and Surrey. His current professional interests include leadership development, funding for colleges, teaching and learning and college sport.