New Chief Executive for Askham Bryan College
Date: 10th January 2017
The Chief Executive of the Law Society has been appointed as the new Chief Executive at one of the largest agricultural and further education colleges in the UK.
Ms Catherine Dixon will take up the position at Askham Bryan College near York, which has nearly 4,000 students at sites across the North of England, in April. The Law Society is the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales and has 170,000 members.
A solicitor by profession, Catherine brings a wealth of experience to the role, having also been Chief Executive of the NHS Litigation Authority, General Counsel and Company Secretary at the NSPCC and the Commercial Director at BUPA Care Services. Originally from Hull, Ms Dixon also spent almost four years in Canada where she was a Director of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and an Outward Bound Instructor. Since 2011, Catherine has also been a Trustee of the animal charity, the PDSA.
Catherine enjoys the outdoors and is a qualified sea kayak guide and instructor, mountain leader, canoe and cross country ski instructor. Catherine has also run for Humberside and for the Army.
Anthony Alton, Chairman of the college’s Board of Governors said: “We are delighted that Catherine will be joining us. She has extensive knowledge and experience across a broad range of organisations which will be of huge benefit as we begin a new era in the college’s development. We look forward to welcoming her to this important role.”
Catherine Dixon said: “I am delighted to be joining as Chief Executive at such an important time for the college. I am looking forward to meeting with the staff and students and hearing about the fantastic range of courses and activities on offer. I do hope that I can use my experience to assist the college during this important phase of its development. I am also very excited to return to the north and particularly, Yorkshire, my home county”
Askham Bryan College’s main campus is in York, with other sites ranging from Newcastle to Wakefield and Newton Rigg College in Cumbria. The College offers an extensive range of full and part-time further and higher education courses in a variety of land-based skills, such as agriculture, horticulture, animal management, equine and forestry.