Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Meeting with ... Judith Doyle, Principal and CEO of Gateshead College

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Meeting with ... Judith Doyle, Principal and CEO of Gateshead College

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What is the best thing about your job? Being fortunate enough to be able to make a tangible difference to people's lives. Our aim at Gateshead College is to help our students achieve and exceed their aspirations, secure employment and change their futures for the better. Another great thing about my job is that it allows me to get out and about and meet people outside of the college. The outward-facing nature of our work enables us to make a positive contribution to the local community and the regional and national economy.

What is your proudest achievement? Becoming the first female CEO of Gateshead College gave me a great sense of pride but my biggest achievement was seeing the college achieve an 'outstanding' rating from Ofsted. This position of strength has enabled the organisation to gain even more credibility in the eyes of employers, students and the government.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career? Trust your instincts and don't be afraid to change direction if something isn't working. Also, have self-belief and never give up. A few years ago, not many people thought I would be in the position I am in today so it just goes to show that hard work can reap great rewards.

Which individual has inspired you most and why? I'm inspired by anyone who has managed to achieve something notable against the odds. There's a lot to admire, for example, in people who have turned around a business and made it profitable again. There are too many people who talk a good game but then don't follow this up with firm leadership and positive action.

What's the best piece of advice you have been given? On my 21st birthday my birthday card from my mother contained the words: "the best is yet to be". I've always remembered this and it has taught me to keep believing in a positive future ahead, even during challenging times. …

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