Meet your Sussex Marketing and Communications ambassador Paul Rolfe

Get to know your Marketing and Communications ambassador in Sussex.

Name: Paul Rolfe


Associate Principal, Employers and Stakeholder – Chichester College Group

Describe your current role/company:

Strategic lead on Employer Engagement, Marketing & Communications as well as Commercial Services. Responsibility for growing income/profits in line with the Group Commercial & Growth Strategy. Director of the Sussex & Surrey Institute of Technology for which Chichester College Group is the lead partner.

Previous roles:

  • Managing Director (Commercial) – Highbury College
  • Director of Innovation – Highbury College
  • IT Manager – University of Southampton

Other information (eg. Other positions held, charity roles):

  • Chair, Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Chair, Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District
  • Committee Member, Haywards Heath Business Association

Outside work (hobbies/interests):

Travelling, reading, theatre, cycling and cooking

How long have you been an IoD member?

1 year

Describe your role as an Ambassador:

I am proud to be an ambassador for the Sussex branch of the IoD. My role is to champion Marketing & Communications as well as Skills. It is rewarding to be able to apply my experience, skills and networks to support my local branch as well as the wider membership.

What part of IoD membership do you value most?

I very much value the opportunities to network with other members, to share experiences and expertise. The IoD provides a host of services which support me to grow and develop these include:

  • Training and development,
  • Networking
  • Peer support

What are the top three things about your branch area?

  • Fantastic networking opportunities often hosted at unique and interesting venues
  • Highly supportive branch team
  • Informative communications reporting on national, regional and local issues / hot topics

What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?

Following Chichester College Group’s merger with GB MET College I am looking forward to engaging and partnering with more businesses in Brighton, Hove and Worthing to support their growth and productivity gains through talent development and acquisition.

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