The chief executive of Hull’s biggest college has resigned following an investigation over financial wrongdoing and nepotism.
Hull College found itself at the centre of a storm when allegations of inappropriate use of funds surfaced earlier this year, forcing CEO Michelle Swithenbank to take a leave of absence.
But according to an email sent to all staff, she has now decided to make it permanent.
“Michelle Swithenbank will be leaving Hull College at the end of this term,” it said, while also confirming that investigators had found “no impropriety” during their investigation.
The message, seen by FE Week, also revealed the departure of vice principal HR and professional services, Julie Milad.
Dafydd Williams, chair of Hull College Group, told staff that “no impropriety” on the part of Ms Swithenbank had been found in the review of operational arrangements.
“Nevertheless, Michelle has informed us that she wishes to move on, and feels this is a good time to do so,” he said.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank both of them for their work on our behalf and wish them well for the future.”
Hull College was in financial trouble when Ms Swithenbank took over (Image: PH)
The latest revelations came after a £50m bailout last year to protect the long-term future of the college.
Swithenbank became the college’s head last summer around the time of the bailout and axed more than 300 staff to balance their books.
However, accounts published for the 2017/18 year revealed a “partner of a senior post-holder” was appointed in January 2018 and resigned from their position in August 2018 – not before being paid £36,640.