Richard Atkins was appointed Further Education Commissioner in October 2016. Previously Richard was a college principal for 21 years, initially at Yeovil College and between 2002 and 2016 at Exeter College. During his tenure at Exeter the College was judged outstanding by Ofsted and won several national awards for excellence. Richard has held a number of national positions, including being AoC President and a Commissioner for adult and vocational learning. In total Richard has spent over 35 years working in colleges as a teacher and leader.