The team at CWR and Waverley Abbey College are delighted to welcome Bob Stradling to the position of College Director.

Bob brings to the college his wide range of management and leadership experience, from a range of Universities, Colleges, Consultancy and, Commercial Training.

He initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst working with Price Waterhouse (now PWC), he was then invited to join a provider of tuition for professional accountancy qualifications.

He subsequently moved into the Higher Education sector, where he worked in the Business Schools’ at both Sunderland University and Durham University. He became the Head of Department at Sunderland and led the Distance Learning provision at Durham.

Moving to Inverness College UHI he was appointed as the Head of the School of Business and Creative Industries, this was as part of a team that successfully turned the College around after failing its HMIE Inspection.

After Inverness, he joined Springdale College (now ForMission) as Vice Principal and Chief Operating Officer. He helped oversee the relaunch of the college and the growth of its Higher Education provision and to navigate the significant changes initiated by the government in 2013.

He has been the Alternative Provider representative on the Higher Education Statistics Agency HEI user group.

Bob has also helped to lead a church and plant a new church congregation.

He has a MA in Missional Leadership and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and the Higher Education Academy.

He is also a published poet!