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), Chair of York Skills and Employment Board, and a member of the CBI’s Employment and Skills Board.
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 the College’s Quality Assurance and Improvement activities, as well as oversee a number of teams who provide the excellent care and support we offer our students. I also have a direct link with the Student Association. 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 have run 24 marathons.
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. I also have overall responsibility for Information Systems and Services, Human Resources, Health Safety and Welfare, Catering and Estates.
Away from College, I enjoy playing and watching most sports (I still just manage to beat my 21 year old son at badminton), and always like a holiday or two each year.
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.
I have led the College's A Level provision for over 10 years and 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 including the new T Levels - and the College's international provision.
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.
I started my Further Education journey as a student, gaining a full Advanced Craft apprenticeship in Bricklaying and HNC in Construction & the Built Environment. I have worked in FE for fifteen years and over this time have held many positions including assessing, tutoring and senior lecturing. I previously worked at Leeds College of Building as a Curriculum Manager, before joining York College in January 2017 as Head of Curriculum for Construction.
In my new role as Vice Principal for Professional and Vocational Education at York College, I am responsible for Levels 1 and 2 vocational curriculum, Adult Learning, Apprenticeships and Commercial Education. I am passionate about building strong relationships with stakeholders across the region, and I am keen to learn how we can go further to support local and national businesses. These relationships are crucial to support clear career pathways for all our students at York College and turn their skills into jobs.
I live locally with my wife and two young children. I enjoy watching all types of sport, travelling, and experiencing new places and cultures. I have a passion for construction, particularly in renovation and conservation of buildings.