Despite a wealth of experience in the further education sector, this will be Kirsti’s first role in a land-based college. It is, she says, another reason she’s looking forward to it so much.
“It really appeals to me that this is a land-based college, because it’s something different for me,” she said.
“I bought my first horse three years ago and I’ve started to learn more about farming, because it’s really interesting, but I certainly wouldn’t claim to be an expert!
“I really want to learn all the nuances and the ins and outs of a land-based college.”
Kirsti says she’s looking forward to getting to know the College and then helping build on its success.
“The first thing for me is to understand the College, learn about the staff and learn about the students,” she said.
“I’m a big exponent of evolution, not revolution. There’s a reason why the staff and students are so proud to be here, so, first and foremost, I need to understand why that is.
“Then, going forward, it’s about grasping the opportunities ahead of us, in the best interests of our students.
“There are undoubtedly exciting times ahead of us and I’m so pleased to be here.”