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Lee Probert

Chief Executive and Principal

I have been Chief Executive and Principal of York College since June 2019. Prior to this role I was Principal at City of Bristol College and held a range of senior roles at the Hull College Group until December 2015. In addition to senior roles in further education colleges I have worked in the funding council for colleges and primary education.

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. Our core values of Success, Ambition, Respect and Care permeate what we do and how we work. I am fortunate to work with excellent colleagues and have the privilege of sharing in our students’ successes.

Outside of York College I am a member of the Constellation Multi-Academy Trust (East Yorkshire), Chair of Millthorpe Secondary School’s Local Governing Body, Chair of the York Skills and Employment Board, and a member of the CBI’s Employment and Skills Board.

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David Hawkins

Vice Principal: Finance and Professional Services

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.

Ken Merry

Deputy Principal and Deputy Chief Executive: Curriculum & Quality

I joined York College & University Centre as Deputy Principal and Deputy Chief Executive in June 2023. Directly before this role, I was Vice Principal for Quality at Barnsley College where I guided the college through their outstanding Ofsted inspection in 2022. Prior to Barnsley College, I worked for Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and held leadership roles in a range of colleges.

I have strategic responsibility for leading on curriculum design, overseeing the quality of provision we offer, and delivering an exceptional student experience. I am delighted to work for a hugely successful college that delivers learning opportunities that provide life changing opportunities for our students and apprentices.

Outside of York College I am a trustee of the Prisoners’ Education Trust, a passionate Rotherham United fan, and enjoy reading crime thrillers and swimming (not at the same time) as well as travelling.

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Sarah Johnson

Director of Curriculum for Further Education

I’ve been at York College now for 11 years, joining as Head of Quality Improvement- a position I held until 2014 when I took on the role of Head of Curriculum for Sport and Public Services.

In August 2021 my role broadened to encompass Beauty, Hair, Sport and Uniformed Protective Services. I’m really pleased to have a cross-college role and I’m looking forward to working with all the teams we have here in College.

My passion remains curriculum and seeing the positive impact it makes to students. York College is an organisation which aligns with my own values of high expectations, achieved through support. We’re all here for the same reason, which is making a positive difference to young people.

Outside of work I love sport, though now as a spectator rather than a competitor. I have a real passion for travel too, and I love getting out walking or horse riding with my two children and spending time with family and friends.

I’m originally from the North East but now live in the East Riding.

Sarah Chamberlain

Director of Marketing and External Partnerships

I joined York College and University Centre in February 2023 after over four years at York St John University, where I was Head of Apprenticeship Delivery, Employer Engagement and Commercial Partnerships and before that Senior Project Manager. Over 13 years of my career involved a variety of senior roles in a private banking institution, so the transition to education has been an interesting journey and one I have loved every minute of.

My role at the college is to have strategic oversight of the marketing provision and to grow and nurture external partnerships which benefit students, staff, the City of York and the wider region. My motivation comes from finding innovative ways to collaborate with key regional stakeholders, employers and other partners to enrich the student journey into and through their education, providing clear pathways to their chosen careers.

I have two sons, who are turning eight and nine and along with my partner we have just moved to York having lived on the outskirts for over 11 years. I made the journey over the Pennines from Manchester in 2011, not only have I never looked back but have also never needed my umbrella less!

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Louise Doswell

Director of Curriculum for Higher Level, Technical and Professional Education

My career in Further Education began in 1999. Prior to taking up my role at York College, I spent eight years at Darlington College working on national and international projects with employers, schools, and the Ministry of Defence.

I joined York College in February 2008 with responsibility for Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning, Commercial Training and Employer Engagement.

In my new role as Director of Curriculum, STEM (Apprenticeship Lead), I am responsible for three curriculum areas - Construction, Engineering and Digital, Science and Maths, and the college Business Partnerships Team (Apprenticeships).

I have three grown up sons and five grandchildren. Outside college life I enjoy walking, gardening, creative crafts and spending time with my grandchildren.

Victoria Lindberg

Director of Quality of Education

I returned to York College in January 2022 after studying for my A Levels here in 1996, at what was then York Sixth Form. I also began my teaching career here in 2005 before leaving in 2007. It’s lovely to be back.

Since 2007 I’ve held various middle and senior leadership roles in the North East and Manchester and have spent the last five years working across three Further Education Colleges in London, holding various senior roles leading on quality, curriculum and student experience.

My role at York College is to develop strategies and plans to secure the ongoing improvement of the quality of education for students. It’s my job to work with colleagues to review the quality of, amongst other things, teaching, learning and assessment. I also ensure that all college provision reflects on our staff performance, and continuously improves to provide all our students with an excellent experience.

Having lived away from York for the last 15 years, I’m really pleased to be back in North Yorkshire and plan to spend the next few months renovating the new home I share with my partner. I’m also loving reacquainting myself with all that York and North Yorkshire has to offer.

I am delighted to return to York College and am really excited about my role.

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Louise Jones

Director of Information and Data Services (IDS)

I’ve worked in education since 1992 and began at York College in 2016, originally on an interim basis but took a permanent role 18 months later.

Starting out in Grimsby College, where I stayed for 22 years, I’ve also worked at the Newcastle College Group (NCG) and the DN College Group, which Covers Doncaster and Scunthorpe.

I’m a real geek when it comes to data and I’ve seen a lot of changes since I started my career, when everything was on paper. I’ve seen the introduction of everything which has brought us to the computerised systems of today.

In my role I oversee a fantastic team, covering admissions, student data, curriculum, timetables, exams and reporting services. I love the team here at York College. My IDS colleagues are one of the reasons I love coming to work.

Outside of College, I love walking and have recently joined the Ramblers Association. I also love foreign travel and I’m looking forward to another road-trip through America. I live in Grimsby with my husband and daughter.

Ingrid Kellock

Director of Student Experience

I joined York College in 2016 after nine years at Barnsley College, where I held a variety of roles including leading English programmes for 14 to 19-year-olds and adult students. I also led the curriculum and pastoral provision for students at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

One of the key functions of my current role at York College is to provide a strategic approach to ensuring students enjoy a personalised, distinctive and inclusive educational experience. Much of this involves providing opportunities for social and cultural growth and development, whilst embracing the rich breadth of students’ backgrounds and circumstances.

Partnerships and collaboration are at the centre of all that we do and I’m passionate about enabling students to feel they are partners in enhancing their College experience whilst being encouraged to engage in decision-making and enacting change. It’s important that all students are listened to, engaged with, feel valued and prepared for whatever next steps they want to take.

I was born and grew up in Barnsley and I often visit, but have lived in York for five years. I have 10-year-old twins, who keep me busy, as well as having the biological ability to drive me bonkers (I wouldn’t change them for the world). My interests include going to see live music and theatre, languages, spending time with family and friends and occasionally dabbling in my first love, singing.

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Chris Leng

Director of Human Resources

I am the College’s Director of Human Resources and have led the Human Resources function for 15 years.

My principal responsibility is the College’s HR strategy, making sure it’s always consistent with our values. Other priorities include the recruitment, selection and retention of staff and the development and maintenance of our HR systems to ensure we have accurate and up-to-date information.

Maintaining strong staff and union relations, developing and maintaining accessible and relevant HR policies and procedures, including Payroll, are all part of my role too. I’m fortunate to have a very hardworking, skilled and committed HR team working with me to make all this possible.

What motivates me is delivering a responsive and professional service that people value, working constructively with colleagues. Making sure our staff are respected and valued for the immense contribution they make to the College, and to our students, is also very important.

Outside of work the important things in my life are my wife and kids, family and friends, football (two teams - the Whites, and the Millers), keeping fit (intermittent, sadly) and rock n’ roll (Beatles = Good; Stones = Bad; 70s Bowie = Good; post 70s Bowie = Bad).

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