Jatinder Sharma is Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College and was invited to represent Further Education on the LEP Board.
Born in the Midlands, Jatinder attended the local comprehensive school before going on to study financial management and was awarded his Masters Degree at the University of Dundee. Before entering into further education, Jatinder worked and qualified as an accountant in public practice before joining the logistics sector.
In 1996, Jatinder joined City of Wolverhampton College as the Head of Finance, then moved to Walsall College as Director of Finance in 2004.
He then progressed to the post of Vice Principal - Planning & Resources and was appointed as Principal and Chief Executive in December 2011.
Jatinder led the college through its Ofsted Inspection in February 2013, where the college was awarded Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’.
The historic grading makes Walsall College the first ‘Outstanding’ general further education college in the Black Country and, indeed, the first under the new inspection framework in the UK. The journey beyond ‘Outstanding’ continues, where Walsall College was also awarded Investors In People – Gold Status in April 2013, together with the AoC Beacon Award for Outstanding Leadership of Improvement in November 2013, The AoC President’s Award in February 2014 and only last week the Times Education Supplement (TES) FE Provider of the Year Award.