Midlands-born Jatinder Sharma is Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College, having previously held a number of senior positions in both private and public sectors.


Walsall College employs over 850 people, delivering technical and vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and higher education to a community of more than 11,000 students. Training is delivered from campuses across Walsall as well as locations in Cannock and King’s Norton, Birmingham, in addition to online learning and on-the-job training with employers.


Jatinder is a passionate champion of the vital role that skills and training play in the development of the West Midlands economy and the ongoing regeneration of Walsall and the Black Country.


The College works closely with more than 1,000 employers, the Black Country LEP and West Midlands Combined Authority, to ensure that its students develop the qualifications, attributes, work experience and work-related skills to match the region’s growing employment sectors now and in the future.


Jatinder was awarded a CBE in 2023 New Year Honours for his services to Further Education. He is a board member of the Association of Colleges, Black Country Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Walsall Proud Partnership.  He also represents further education on the Department for Education Principals’ Reference Group.


Appointed 2022