Richard Atkins has 21 years experience as a College Principal, initially at Yeovil College and, between 2002 and 2016, at Exeter College. He served as AoC President for 2014/15 and was appointed a CBE in 2016 for his services to further education. Richard is also currently a member of Council ( the governing body) at the University of Exeter and Chair of AoC Sport, the national colleges' sport and physical activity organisation. Prior to becoming an FE College Principal he worked as a teacher and manager in colleges and schools in York, Surrey and Sussex. He spent several years working in business in London in the 1970s.