Anna Dawe

Anna Dawe

Principal and CEO
Wigan and Leigh College

About this Speaker


Anna has worked in further education for over 25 years and has spent nearly all her professional career in the North-West. Anna became Principal at Wigan and Leigh in 2016 and the college has been through a period of significant change over the last 6 years. The education and skills landscape is always changing but the digital agenda has been a significant driver in shaping the strategic direction of the college. Therefore under Anna’s leadership the college has opened a Digital Academy at both its Leigh and Wigan campuses and along with Salford University is a lead institution in bidding to open an Institute of Technology that will focus on industry 4.0.

Wigan and Leigh College works collaboratively with other GM further education colleges and Anna is the Greater Manchester College’s Group lead on careers and careers education so career choices and how this matches to regional and national skills gaps is especially important to her.