Chesterfield College principal suspension shock

Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2010 - Young Business person of the year Hayley Gibard with Judith McArthur
Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2010 - Young Business person of the year Hayley Gibard with Judith McArthur

CHESTERFIELD College’s principal Judith McArthur has been suspended.

The Derbyshire Times, which exclusively revealed her abrupt departure last week, understands Mrs McArthur has not been fulfilling her position at the Infirmary Road institution for two weeks.

Cllr David Chapman, who is on the college’s corporation governing body, said last night: “There’s not a lot to say at the moment, we’re waiting for the investigation.

“She’s suspended pending an investigation - without prejudice.”

A union official also confirmed the suspension.

Chesterfield College has remained tight-lipped on the situation despite rumours sweeping the town and mounting pressure to comment.

Former college principal Ian Murray was suspended in 2008 following concerns about the management of a major £37m development project at the college. He ‘left’ the organisation two months later.

Deputy principal Trevor Clay has now stepped in as acting principal to take over Mrs McArthur’s role.

For more on this story see Thursday’s Derbyshire Times.

ellen.beardmore@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.