Head of operations at ABDO College, Jill Kemp, retired in April, after four busy and successful years. She has been succeeded by Steve Hertz who joined the operations department just over a year ago to prepare for the role.
Jill said: “During the last four years, ABDO College and the Operations Department have been through a huge amount of change, and it has been my pleasure and privilege to have been able to lead and support the team through these.
“The appointment of Steve Hertz as assistant head of operations enabled me to do a good hand over, and I am really confident that he will be able to drive forward with the current projects and future developments.”
Steve said: “Jill worked incredibly hard during her time at the College to create a positive and efficient department. Her enthusiasm and humility made her a joy to work with and I could not have wished for a better mentor and leader.
“She is sorely missed by everyone at the College, and we all wish her the very best for a well-deserved, fantastic retirement.”
ABDO general secretary, Sir Anthony Garrett, commented: “Jill has made a huge contribution to the development of the Operations Department over the past four years. I am personally very sorry to see her go but wish her a long and happy retirement.
“Steve has already made a great impact on the organisation and I am sure he will make a significant impact on our future growth and development. I look forward to working him within the years ahead,” he concluded.
Reflecting on his new role, Steve added: “My aim as the new department head will be to carry on the great work begun with Jill to make the education offered by the College as accessible and effective for our students as possible.
“As a DO, a previous student of ABDO College and having worked in optics for 14 years, I am truly passionate about the profession and industry. To have the opportunity to help drive the College forward and extend its already world class reputation as an education provider is something I will not take lightly.”