RNC welcomes its new Principal

Photo taken in the RNC student hub, in front of a large DofE and RNC banner. Georgia is on the left, shaking hands with Mark Fisher (Director of student support services) as he presents her with the Duke of Edinburgh certificate.
Portrait picture of Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher, new Principal of RNC

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Principal, Mark Fisher, following the retirement of Sheila Tallon in December 2015.

Having worked at Scope for 15 years, Mark joined RNC in 2002 as Deputy Residential Manager with a remit to enhance the Ofsted inspections of the residential and pastoral offerings at the College from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’. Following his success in this area, Mark continued to work within the student services directorate and became Director of Student Services in 2012, overseeing quality assurance, the residential setting and staff training.

“Every year is completely different,” said Mark. “It’s a great place to work. This place genuinely transforms lives. As Principal, I want to carry on the ethos of empowering both students and staff.”

Mark’s passion for cricket enables him to get to know students in a more relaxed capacity as their coach. Having been runners-up twice, in 2015 Mark coached the team to victory in only its third year of competition in the England & Wales South & West Development League.

“The passion Mark has for RNC, alongside his professional knowledge, is evident. I am certain that he is well equipped to not only identify potential challenges but to guide RNC through changes in the curriculum, legislation and funding,” said Professor Tamar Thompson OBE, Chair of the Board of Governors. “By appointing Mark, the Board feels that the future of the College is in particularly safe hands and we look forward to continuing to work with him.”

In 2015, RNC gained the Investors in Diversity award thanks to Mark’s leadership in equality, diversity and inclusion training for all staff and through ensuring these themes were incorporated into the curriculum to the benefit of the student body.

Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC