Dick Palmer was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN Group) in August 2012. Prior to this appointment he had been Principal of City College Norwich since January 2003. Formerly he was Deputy Principal at Lewisham College and has worked in the Further Education Sector for over twenty years. In 2010 Dick was awarded Principal of the Year by the Learning & Skills Improvement Service in recognition of his services to students. In December 2012 influential think-tank The Education Foundation named him as one of the Education Reformers of the Year.
As well as being Deputy Principal (and Vice Principal) at Lewisham College, he was also Director of Faculty – Business, Computing and Languages. His teaching domains include ICT, students with learning difficulties and disabilities and teaching teachers. During academic year 2000-2001 he moved to the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to create the ICT Strategy Unit – now known as the e-Learning Unit – as Head of ICT Strategy for the country.
Dick is also a member of the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Senate, a member of the Aim Higher National Partnership Board, a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) Higher Education group and a Fellow of the NEF Institute of Knowledge Exchange.
He has been appointed by the Association of Colleges (AoC) as one of their National Skills Champions – for the skills area of Business and Administration (including Financial Services). Dick also is a Board member of the National Skills Academy in Financial Services. He is a Board member of the CBI’s Regional Council (East of England) and is a Fellow of the IOD. He is also a Member of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Board of FE Performance and Review. He is also on the City and Guilds Quality and Standards Committee.
He is also active in local community life; as well as his TEN Group role he is also Chief Executive Officer of City College Norwich and Executive Chairman of Norfolk Educational Services (NES). Currently he is one of the Directors of The Forum Trust in Norwich, a member of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce’s Business Council and a member of the Norwich Local Strategic Partnership (LSP). He is a Director of Visit Norwich Ltd and has recently been appointed as the Secretary of State’s Trustee to the Open Academy in Heartsease, Norwich.
Dick is also one of the founding Principals and current Chairman of Gazelle Global; a company created by five college Principals with an exclusive focus on building a recognised cluster of entrepreneurial colleges within the next five years. Gazelle brings together leaders from the private and public sectors who are committed to deploying entrepreneurship as a strategic driver for change in the education sector.
Dick lives in Norwich and is married with three children.