About our teaching school alliance

Suzanne Duncan

With twenty years experience in the FE sector, Suzanne has had a number of teaching and management roles in a range of further education colleges, holding senior management roles for quality improvement, and managing business support areas as well as curriculum.

She is currently Principal and Chief Executive at East Durham College and is a board member of Northern Education Trust, Visit County Durham, East Durham Business Service and a member of the Association of College’s Performance and Quality Portfolio Group. As Principal at East Durham College, Suzanne is a trustee of the Apollo Studio Academy, as co-sponsor of the school with The Academy at Shotton Hall.

Suzanne has extensive Ofsted inspector experience of over ten years undertaking inspections at a range of post-16 providers including further education and sixth form colleges. Suzanne inspects curriculum areas as well as cross-college key aspects, such as leadership and management.

Suzanne has also been involved in peer review and quality improvement work in other providers. For over five years Suzanne has led a successful peer review group in the north east which includes both FE colleges and a private training provider. This group successfully supported improvements in partners, leading to the effective sharing of good practice and the accurate judgment of peer performance. As part of this work, Suzanne developed a qualification accredited at Level 5 for peer reviewers and one at Level 7 for those leading a peer review. This work was done collaboratively with a two other successful peer review leads from the east of England.