New arrivals are key to college’s development plans

Sep 04, 2012


The arrival of new deputy principal Nick Isles (pictured, right) and Dr Dan Hidlebaugh (also pictured) is part of the college’s plan to become a top-ranked educational establishment.
Mr Isles has provided business consultancy to retail giants Tesco and Asda and has worked as an advisor to leading politicians in Britain and Europe. 
Dr Hidlebaugh, a former major in the Canadian military, is a regular guest speaker at events organised by computer giants IBM and Microsoft.
Mr Isles has held senior posts at the Work Foundation, the Employment Policy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  “I hope my experience across all sectors, public, private and voluntary will be really useful here and I want to see the college right up there in the top ten of British further education colleges,” he said.
Dr Hidlebaugh plans to ensure the computer systems at Milton Keynes College make it a world leader among educational establishments.
He said:  “There are so many things which can be done here which will provide enormous opportunities for all the students and the staff to broaden their horizons. I cannot give too much away yet but I can promise that students considering Milton Keynes College in the future will have significant and exciting incentives to want to come to us to study.”  
Dr Hidlebaugh is a recognised authority on networks and particularly on cloud technology. He is already designing a cloud specifically for Milton Keynes College where students and staff can share information across classes and disciplines. 
Milton Keynes College chief executive and principal Dr Julie Mills said: “It is a real coup for Milton Keynes College to have Nick and Daniel here.
"Nick has some terrific ideas about how to move us forward and his track record in improving organisations speaks for itself.  With all Daniel’s experience and expertise, he is going to make dramatic changes which will put us at the forefront of the teaching and use of computers in British education.”
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