Richard Atkins has been Principal of Exeter College since 2002, having previously been Principal of Yeovil College for seven years. During the past twelve years Richard has led a number of significant improvements and developments at the College, which have resulted in Exeter being rated as outstanding by Ofsted in both 2012 and 2014.
Exeter College has a strong and relentless focus on high quality teaching, learning, assessment and support for students. Standards are high, and kept regularly under review. Alongside this priority, Richard has overseen investments of over £50m in new buildings, facilities and IT, including eight new buildings and extensive refurbishments. In recent years the College has achieved much notable national recognition, including being Times Education Supplement College of the Year, BTEC College of the Year, several Beacon awards and being listed twice in the Sunday Times 100 Best Places to Work Survey.
Richard currently combines the role of Principal at Exeter with being President of the Association of Colleges, Chair of AoC Sport and an active member of the Exeter4learning Partnership.
Richard has spent more than 35 years working in Further Education and schools as a teacher, lecturer, manager and Principal. Richard is married with two grown up daughters and his interests include theatre, travel, walking, London and Yeovil Town Football Club.