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Nescot’s CEO and Principal has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Frances Rutter is one of four finalists in the Businessperson of the Year category of this year’s Surrey Business Awards, being held at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking on November 18.

Mrs Rutter, who was appointed as CEO and Principal in April 2017, said she was ‘delighted’ to be nominated and was looking forward to an ‘inspiring’ evening.

“There’s an impressive range of people and businesses shortlisted, and it’s great to see the diversity of what’s being done well in organisations across Surrey,” she added.

“One of the many ways our college supports the community is by bridging the gap between students and employers, so it’s gratifying to have this recognised in a business environment.

“We help our students to develop the skills and qualifications that they need to succeed in their careers, and in turn this supports businesses by providing them the skills they need to grow their organisations.”

Mrs Rutter leads all aspects of the college’s work and strategic direction, overseeing an Executive Leadership Team and sitting on the Corporation Board.

In her four years at the college, Mrs Rutter has focused on a vision of Nescot being the ‘College of Choice’, with students always front and centre.

This includes a culture of aspiration and inclusivity, with staff working in an entrepreneurial way and embracing innovation, and celebrating and promoting students’ success.

Outside of college Mrs Rutter is a member of the Surrey Employment Skills Board, a board member of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and Chair of the Gatwick 360 skills board.

She is also an active member of the One Surrey Growth Board, an East Surrey Poverty Truth Commissioner, and a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey.

Her involvement in a range of community organisations and businesses means Mrs Rutter is able to create synergies between ideas and partners, centering Nescot in the area’s economy.

“I’m delighted that Frances has been shortlisted for this award,” said Professor Sam Luke, Chair of the Nescot Corporation.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of the contribution she has made to the business community, the college, and most importantly to our students.”

Nescot is a general Further and Higher Education college offering more than 250 courses in almost 30 subject areas. This includes full-time, part-time and distance learning, as well as apprenticeships.

The Surrey Business Awards, now in their third year, are produced by Platinum Media Group and aimed at showcasing the best the county has to offer across 16 categories.