Ian Billyard, Principal, Leeds College of Building
Ian is Principal at Leeds College of Building, the only further education college specialising in construction and the built environment in the UK. The College offers practical craft, technician and management courses to over 8,000 students from Foundation Tier to Honours Degree level. The College was recently inspected by Ofsted (November 2010), and the College was cited as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features.
Ian’s background is that of a building surveyor and he started his working life as mining surveyor, with English China Clays, in the South West. He has also worked with a Local Authority and contracting companies.
His education career started in the North East at Darlington College of Technology and progressed to Head of Department at Bolton College and Dean of Faculty at Boston College before joining Leeds College of Building as Vice Principal in 1996. He has been Principal for 8 years.