CEM, based in Reading, is a leading distance learning provider specialising in property and construction, with 3,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in 105 countries.
Wheaton becomes only the college’s ninth principal since it was founded 94 years ago. In that time College of Estate Management has educated more than 150,000 students, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in the property and construction industries worldwide.
He joins at an important stage in the college’s development. In January this year CEM became the first not-for-profit, solely distance learning institution to be granted degree-awarding powers – previously its degrees were validated by the University of Reading and the Open University.
Wheaton joins CEM from talent management solutions company SHL Group Ltd. Throughout a successful career, he has built up a wealth of experience in e-learning and training management, including his roles as Chief Executive of InfoBasis Ltd, and director of Global Learning Services at Microsoft.
“I am proud to be joining the college at such an important moment in its long history”, he said. “I’m honoured to have been given such a wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to leading the college forward over the coming years.”
Delva Patman, chairman of CEM, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Ashley Wheaton as the ninth Principal of the College of Estate Management. He joins us at a very exciting time of modernisation and we are confident that under his leadership, CEM can build further on the firm foundations already laid by Dr Ann Heywood [outgoing Principal]”