University College Isle of Man



University College Isle of Man Jo Pretty

Jo PrettyThere is no biographical profile of the Principal on the College's website. This detail is from the 2016 appointment article on the Isle of Man Government's website.

Jo Pretty moves to the Island from Lowestoft College, which she has headed for two years.

Jo spent 17 years in the private and public sector, with roles in the NHS, utilities, engineering and manufacturing and recruitment. She owned and ran a design and steel fabrication company.

She joined education as a higher education lecturer and moved into adult education, then qualified as a secondary school teacher before switching to her current field of further education and skills.

As Head of School at City College, Norwich, she had strategic leadership of a £10 million portfolio comprising engineering, construction, business, creative arts, retail and enterprise.

During her time there, Jo engaged with sector skills academies, was on a regional employers’ board and helped found and run Norwich Fashion Week.

Jo then studied in the United States learning new approaches for embedding entrepreneurship within education.

In 2014, she was appointed interim and then permanent Principal and CEO at Lowestoft College, which has a £15 million budget. The college now boasts improved success rates and apprenticeships.

Jo volunteers with the Aspire Changemaker programme, currently mentoring for a business start-up in the States. She is married to Graham, an artist, and has two grown-up children.

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