Dr Ken Thomson, Principal and Chief Executive, Forth Valley College
Dr Ken Thomson has been Principal and Chief Executive of Forth Valley College since August 2013 and has led on the College’s new mission for ‘Making Learning Work’ winning the prestigious Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Innovation in FE in 2015.
Ken has a degree in Zoology from Nottingham University and a PhD from Edinburgh University. He was a Senior Countryside Ranger before moving to Falkirk College in 1994 as a Lecturer before becoming Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences where he led a four college consortium in developing a £1.5 million technical training project for bio-technology. He became Head of Science (2001), then Director of Learning Services (2003) before becoming Associate Principal (2005) at the newly merged Forth Valley College and Depute Principal from 2007 with strategic responsibility for the College’s future curriculum.
Ken sits on various Board and committees in Scotland and the UK including on the Board of Historic Environment Scotland and as a Trustee and Board Member of Jisc. He is a member of the Scottish Funding Council’s Skills Committee and the Chemical Sciences Scotland Skills Committee. He is a Stirling City Commissioner and is a member of Falkirk’s Economic Partnership. Ken is a fellow of the Institute of Directors.