A highly-respected member of staff who has been ‘instrumental in supporting the growth’ of West Suffolk College is retiring after 35 years.
Michèle Faiers plans to continue her work as a parish councillor and spend more time with her family after retiring from the Bury St Edmunds college this summer.
Having originally qualified in psychology and counselling, she started working at the college in 1980 in a part-time capacity.
In 1985 she started full-time as a lecturer in work preparation, then was promoted to senior lecturer and as acting head of school to cover maternity leave.
She then became head of Schools Link programmes and has been its western area partnership director for the last three years.
Michèle said: “I have loved working at the college and made lots of friends during my time there. I’m sure we will all say in touch.
“I’m so proud of what we achieved at the college during my time there. In the 90s I helped to set up the Schools Link programme which, at its height, saw around 700 students coming from local schools to the college on day release to have vocational training.”
She added: “I will be very sad to leave but I’m looking forward to spending more time with my daughters and grandchildren. Two of my daughters live in Dubai, so it will be wonderful to have more time to visit them.”
Nikos Savvas, the college principal, said: “It is with great sadness that we lose Michèle from our team at the end of this academic year, however I wish her every happiness in her retirement.
“Michèle has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the college since its incorporation; helping the college expand its reach within the wider community, building relationships with schools and supporting students in their progression to college.
“She led the Western Area Operational Board and ensured the college is not only known within the region but is highly respected and regarded.”