Wes Johnson – Lancaster & Morecambe College

Wes Johnson joined Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC) in April 2017 as Principal and Chief Executive. He is also the Chair of The Lancashire Colleges and a Director of the Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce. Wes has over 20 years’ experience in education, with 11 years as a senior leader in both general and specialist further and higher education institutions across the north of England.

Previous roles have seen Wes lead and deliver education in many settings, from serving disparate rural populations in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Northumberland to disadvantaged urban communities in areas of Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Bradford. As a former teacher trainer and curriculum specialist, Wes has a passion for high impact teaching and learning underpinning the positive influence colleges have in raising aspiration, life chances and the economic wellbeing of individuals, businesses and wider communities.

Lancaster & Morecambe College is a regional provider of technical, professional and creative education, focused on providing young people and adults with the skills and knowledge to enable them to progress into employment or on to further study. Its employers have rated LMC as one of the top 25% of colleges in the country for employer satisfaction. The College’s excellent facilities are designed to meet or exceed industry standards and enable students to choose from a wide range of work related courses from Level 1 to Level 4.

Over 90% of students progress positively into work, further and higher study. As a key apprenticeship provider in the local area, the College has links to over 700 employers, delivering apprenticeships across 30 occupational areas and works closely with local employers to equip its graduating students to be well placed to secure employment with businesses across the region, or to progress on to further study.