Dr Robert Cubbidge has been appointed as principal of ABDO College and would start the role in July 2021 when he takes over from Jo Underwood.

A senior lecturer in optometry at Aston University, Cubbidge has a long association with ABDO and has been an external moderator since 2014.

Sir Anthony Garrett, general secretary at ABDO, said: ‘I am delighted that we have managed to recruit such a well-known and respected teacher to build on the tremendous work that Jo Underwood has done and I am sure everyone will give him a warm and generous welcome when he takes up his post.’