Sue Middlehurst wins prestigious award from Women’s Leadership Network

Sue Middlehurst receives the WLN Star Award from Helen Armitage of the award sponsors AA Projects

Principal & Chief Executive of the Grimsby Institute Group, Sue Middlehurst, has been recognised for her outstanding leadership and contribution to the education sector with a special award presented by the Women’s Leadership Network.

Sue was presented with the Inspiring Leader Award 2015 by Helen Armitage from AA Projects, sponsors of the award, following a speech from Sally Dicketts, Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network. During her speech Sally said:

“Our award winner this year has come through the ranks of Further Education from Teacher to Principal in both the North and the South East of England. She has also seen life from the other side of the fence as a well-respected Inspector for both the FEFC and Ofsted.

“Throughout her career she has developed and demonstrated a coaching style that has seen her managers and staff succeed through empowerment and trust. She has done this while taking on some of the most challenging roles in Further Education and in particular has made her name in successfully managing change.”

Sue joined the Grimsby Institute Group in 2011, following her role as Principal of Sussex Coast College in Hastings. The last four years have seen the opening of University Centre Grimsby, which was subsequently awarded Foundation Degree Awarding Powers, a brand new Sports Centre being unveiled at the Nuns Corner Campus, followed by the relocation of Grimsby School of Art to new £4million home.

September 2014 saw the Grimsby Institute Group offer it’s first full-time provision for 14-16 year olds at The Academy Grimsby, based on Westward Ho in Grimsby, offering traditional GCSE education alongside focused vocational pathways in Health Care, Engineering and Creative, Digital & Games. Sue said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been recognised with this award from the Women’s Leadership Network. To be recognised by your peers is one of the highest honours anyone can get and receiving this award was such a nice surprise.

“I am passionate about education because I have always believed, and still believe, that making a difference matters and that is something I will always feel very strongly about.”