4 August 2014

The new Watford University Technical College (UTC) which offers full-time technically-oriented courses has appointed Ross Renton, a leading educationalist to be its first Chairman.

Critical role

Ross, the Dean of Students at the University of Hertfordshire, will chair the board of governors from September, supported by board members from Toshiba, Hilton Hotels, Twin Technology and TNT.

Ross has played a critical role in the setting up a number of School Trusts and Academies, including The Elstree UTC and now The Watford UTC.  He is one of the founders of the 'outstanding ofsted rated' Hatfield Community Free School and is supporting the establishment of a further three schools in the county - including two in Watford.

Exemplar of education

In response to his appointment, Ross said: "I relish the opportunity to help young people meet their potential to succeed. The Watford UTC will be an exemplar of education, business and universities working together to enhance the employability and qualifications of students"

The Watford UTC will offer a broad range of courses to students aged 14-19 and have a special focus on the technical skills, trades and technologies that support the computer and digital communication industries, hospitality and tourism.

Strong leadership

Emma Loveland, Principal of the UTC, said about the appointment "We are thrilled that Ross will continue his support for the UTC in this way, he brings with him a wealth of experience and an exceptional drive to see the Watford UTC succeed"

Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker-Dearing Educational Trust, says "I am delighted that Ross Renton, Dean of Students for the University of Hertfordshire, has been appointed as the first Chair of Governors for The Watford UTC. Ross' experience in the commercial sector combined with his expertise in education, means that this new UTC will have the strong leadership it requires to offer young people a unique technical education." 

The University of Hertfordshire is a sponsor of the UTC and will be offering its facilities to students.

Applications are open for students who will be in Year 10 or Year 12 from this September. Visit http://www.watfordutc.org for more information.