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Warrington & Vale Royal College honour the memory of Colin Daniels and Craig Atherton – two members of staff missed dearly

On Wednesday 19th October, Warrington & Vale Royal College took time to remember Colin Daniels, ex Chair of Governors and Craig Atherton, Higher Education Sports Lecturer – two valued and very much missed members of staff that sadly passed away in 2020 and 2021.

Tree Planting Ceremony

Colin Daniels joined Warrington & Vale Royal College as a Governor in 1989 and was quickly elected as Chair. He served the college through some extraordinarily challenging times, including the rebuild of the remarkable Warrington campus that students across the borough benefit from today. Colin is missed dearly by his colleagues, who remember him as being full of wisdom, wit and a mischievous sense of humour. Colin’s family joined the college at the ceremony, where a tree was planted alongside the Colin Daniels Construction & Engineering Skills Centre in his name and memory.

Craig Atherton worked at the college for several years and was a truly valued member of staff, remembered for his caring, diligent and student-centred approach to work. Craig had a unique set of skills that brought out the best in his students, many of whom would not have progressed onto universities without his expert support and guidance. A dedicated study space in Craig’s memory has been built in the college’s Learning Resource Centre and a special award has been created in his name to honour achievement and diversity at the college’s annual Higher Education Graduation Ceremony. Craig was a man with a love of the outdoors, and so it seems fitting for the college to have been joined by his family as a tree was planted in his name and memory.

Warrington & Vale Royal College wish to extend their gratitude to the friends and family of Colin and Craig for attending the ceremony at Warrington campus – a place where they both made a huge difference to the success of the college. Colin and Craig are remembered every day by the colleagues and students whom they had such a positive impact on.