16 Nov 2010- Our Principal’s recognition of achievements

19 November 2010


At the AoC conference this year during the Network for Black Professionals Annual General Meeting , Robin Landman the Chief Executive of the Network for Black Professionals congratulated our Principal for her achievements over the past few years in the sector.“We are proud to see another member of the network reaching higher accolades. Those who know and worked with Saboohi know that this is well deserved and join me in congratulating this inspiring leader and wishing her the very best in her role as the Principal of SCOLA.”
Saboohi Famili started in her new post as Principal of SCOLA in May 2010. The first woman under the age of 40 to hold this post, she brought with her a reputation for energy, enthusiasm, entrepreneurship and a strong consultative and inclusive approach to her work. Saboohi came to England in 1999 after facing political difficulties in her country in Iran. She has worked in a variety of educational sectors and has been a member of the network of black professionals since 2005. With her engineering education, she has strong analytical skills and a good eye for detail. She has lead a variety of successful projects and teams during her career and proven an inspiration to many BMAE colleagues and students.”
Previous to her role as the Principal at SCOLA Saboohi worked at Thames Valley University where she set up and ran their FutureSkills programme, the strategic business arm of the university designed to create meaningful partnerships between Business and Education. With a budget of £8 million allocated for three years and employing a staff of 32 this new unit rapidly became known for its creative and forward thinking work. Saboohi took a high profile lead in this, meeting the Queen early in the development of the programme and, at one point, being despatched to China to take a lead role in a business conference involving government ministers and very influential business leaders.
Saboohi believes in an open door approach and will be seeking to consult staff and students in ways to expand, develop and improve the service that SCOLA offers.
Saboohi said: “Working at SCOLA has been one of the most rewarding career moves I have done to date. I am very impressed with the number of hard working dedicated tutors and support staff who deliver Education in Sutton. There is clearly a strong basis on which to develop the existing strengths whilst experimenting with new ideas.”
As funding regimes change and further and adult education struggles to finance its work, Saboohi will clearly face many challenges which she is familiar with, having previously worked at Carshalton and other FE colleges and HE institutions. She is already leading on a large consortium of colleges and businesses in South London where she pulled together to bid for government funding under the LDA-ESF Jobs Plus opportunity. If successful, this will bring in a £9.75m investment to 9 Boroughs in south London. She has a strong track record of working in partnership and an innate ability to think outside the box and implement innovative ideas.
As a resident of Sutton she is intent on ensuring that the Borough and neighboring communities have the best possible Education service that it can offer for its residents. She is keen to work in partnership with colleagues and to explore ways of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of services available. She is a keen promote of equality of opportunity and already made her mark in the borough by hosting a variety of cultural and awareness raising events at SCOLA.
Saboohi said “ I am proud to be a member of NBP and grateful for the support and encouragement I receive through the network. I have benefited from the Shadowing Scheme organised by NBP prior to my appointment as the Principal at SCOLA and rate the service provided outstanding.” She feels it’s the duty of every individual to promote equality and celebrate diversity and improve the chances of BME community to access higher level jobs. She is in the process of introducing a mentoring and coaching scheme at SCOLA to support succession planning and promotion at the College.
You can contact her on future@suttoncollege.ac.uk
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