Principal and Chief Executive
Sir Ian Diamond


The role of Principal of Edinburgh College is one of the most important in education across the region. It’s an opportunity to play a major part in shaping the lives and careers of many thousands of people, as well as our businesses and economy.

We’re looking for an exceptional leader to build on our successful transformative work, take us into our next chapter, and ensure our college is strong and sustainable for many years to come.

This is a truly exciting time to join Edinburgh College. Our business transformation plan has, over the last couple of years, fundamentally reshaped and improved college operations. We are now in a very positive, confident place, with an excellent and growing reputation among our peers. Crucially, we have a new Strategic Plan and a robust Blueprint that will guide how we meet our strategic aims.

Our new Principal will lead our strategic development, ensuring we’re achieving our vision and our mission, meeting our responsibilities as the region’s further education provider, and delivering life-changing opportunities. You’ll be committed to our values, putting students at the centre of everything we do and cultivating a culture that’s responsible, respectful and trustworthy, in which we all work together.

You’ll be part of a strong Executive and Senior Management Team, providing your colleagues with the leadership and support to do their jobs effectively and progress their own careers.

I have just started my role as Chair and, along with my colleagues on the Board of Management, I look forward to working very closely and positively with the incoming Principal. I want to make sure we have the best possible governance in place to guide the development of the college, so the Principal has the necessary support to make their mark.

Personally, I’m thrilled to be forming part of this new-look leadership. Together, we have the chance to further develop the excellent work that has already led the college to this point, a watershed moment where we can look forward with boldness and an innovative, creative spirit.

Thank you for taking the time to look through these pages. If you believe you’re the right person to lead this wonderful college, please do apply.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond
Chair of the Edinburgh College Board of Management