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York College

SMT Poster APRIL 19 V2

Lee Probert, Chief Executive and Principal

I was appointed Chief Executive and Principal of York College in December 2018 and I took up the role in June 2019. Prior to this role I was Principal of City of Bristol College. This role marks a return to Yorkshire, since I was Deputy Chief Executive of the Hull College Group until December 2015.

Being Chief Executive and Principal of York College is a prestigious role and one which I hold with pride. York College is a hugely successful college and impacts positively on the lives of many thousands of students each year. My primary driver is supporting our students to progress towards and achieve their goals.

Outside of York College I am a member of the Constellation Multi-Academy Trust (East Yorkshire), a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme Pension Board and a member of the CBI’s Employment and Skills Board.

Louise Doswell - Deputy Principal Resources

I have worked in Further Education since 1999 primarily focussing on Employer and Adult Learning. I took up the post of Assistant Principal for Employer Engagement at York College in February 2008 with responsibility for Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning and Commercial Training. Prior to taking up this post at York College I spent eight years at Darlington College working on many projects with employers, schools and the army.

In my present role I have overall responsibility for Information Systems and Services, Human Resources, Health Safety and Welfare, Management Information Systems, Administration Services, Estates and Timetabling.

Living in North Yorkshire, I enjoy walking, playing golf, scuba diving and gardening. 

Graeme Murdoch - Deputy Principal QA and Support

I have worked at York College since October 2003. Prior to that I spent 20 years working in land-based colleges. My role is to coordinate and manage Quality Assurance and the Support Divisions of the College, ensuring York College is at the top of its game in these respects. I like to have a high profile around the College and keep in touch with as many people as I can, because it is ‘good to talk'.

In my spare time I am keen on sports (more watching than doing these days), and a little bit of trivia for you ... I own a 1963 Ford Super Dexta Tractor (which still works).


David Hawkins - Executive Director of Finance

I joined York College in June 2018 having previously spent nearly 10 years at Sandwell College in the West Midlands. Prior to that, I spent over 20 years in senior finance roles in the private sector, mainly working in housebuilding and construction.

My role is to provide a pro-active lead on all financial matters in the College, to enable the necessary investment and support for our students.

Away from College, I enjoy playing and watching most sports (I still just manage to beat my 20 year old son at badminton), and walking my not so bouncy 13 year old springer spaniel.


Sharon Smith - Deputy Principal Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Development

I have worked in FE since 1993 and, prior to joining York College in August 2017, I held senior management positions at Calderdale College and The Sheffield College. As an ex-vocational student who flourished in further education, my teaching background is in Leisure and Tourism and Health and Social Care.

I feel very privileged to join York College and in my role of Deputy Principal I will be responsible for continuous improvement in the quality of teaching and learning, student outcomes and curriculum development and innovation, so we can continue to meet the needs of students and make a difference to their lives and futures.  

In my spare time I enjoy walking in the countryside with my husband and Labrador and like camping and holidaying in Scotland. I also like to read fiction when I have time including thrillers, horror and science fiction. 


Glyn Jones - Vice Principal Academic and Applied

I have worked at York College since 1996. I was previously in charge of Biology, at the then York Sixth Form College, and then Science. I take a keen interest in our links with local partners, including the University of York, Hull York Medical School, York Cultural Education Partnership, York Music Hub and the Company of Merchant Taylors. I previously taught at a sixth form college in East London and, before going into teaching, I worked as an environmental scientist and as a professional skydiver and aerial photographer.

As an Assistant Principal for 10 years I was responsible for A Levels; I am very proud of our students’ achievements and our strong reputation as one of the top performing FE Colleges in the country for A Levels. I now also oversee our 16-18 Level 3 vocational provision, which offers a wonderful range of routes for students to progress to either higher education or employment.

I live in York and am married with two daughters and a dog. In what little spare time is left me, I enjoy playing guitar, running, cycling and photography. 

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