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Vice Principal - Business Development, Marketing
Debbie’s career began as an engineer with IBM before moving into IT sales and sales management. She was a Management Consultant, mainly focused on economic development, research and innovation and learning and skills, for ten years before joining academia. She has held senior commercial roles at Robert Gordon University and the University of Stirling, where she also taught on the Master's in International Marketing. Debbie has been a Vice Principal in FE for just under four years.
Debbie joined Petroc as Vice Principal Business Development, Marketing and Curriculum in September 2016. She is responsible for developing the college’s new commercial strategy and engaging with employers to meet their current and future workforce skills requirements and, in so doing, enable the college to contribute to meeting the economic, environmental and social needs of the region. Aligning Petroc’s provision of apprenticeships, higher education and professional development programmes to the needs of businesses is part of Debbie’s remit. Additionally, the college’s marketing strategy aims to reach all current and future learners, to ensure they know about and can access provision relevant to their career aspirations as well as the financial and other support available to them, to support their success.
Debbie has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Interim Assistant Principal- Arts & Science
Jenny is Interim Assistant Principal for Arts and Science. Prior to her appointment, Jenny was the Department Manager for Leadership and Higher Technical Skills and has worked at Petroc for 14 years.
Director for HR and Organisational Development
Sheena began her career at BMW as an apprentice engineer. She qualified as an electrician.
After eight years with BMW Sheena gained the position of Training Officer, where she taught apprentices engineering. She then started her CIPD qualification. After three years in this role, Sheena left BMW and started her career in human resources.
Sheena has worked in manufacturing, the NHS, the charity sector and has over 10 years’ experience working in a General Further Education College. Sheena is a keen DIYer, enjoys walking and the great outdoors and is a fan of the cinema.
Diane joined Petroc in November 2011 as Vice Principal/Director for Finance and Funding and was appointed Principal in 2015.
Diane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW). She started her career with Deloitte and has held senior finance roles in private sector engineering and service companies.
Diane has worked in the education sector since 1997, when she qualified as a teacher, with a PGCE in Mathematics. Diane has experience of teaching on a wide range of programmes including industry focused qualifications such as Accounting Technician (AAT), HND/C in Business and CIMA. Prior to joining Petroc, Diane was Finance Director at New College Swindon; she has also worked for two of the Government’s Further Education funding agencies.
Vice Principal Finance & Resources
Bill Blythe worked in the college sector for the last 10 years and before that at the Learning and Skills Council. His primary responsibilities are the finances of the college, the buildings and estates, catering, security, IT and corporate services across all three sites.
Bill started as an accountant with Essex County Council and then became the education accountant, ending up as head of education finance. He then moved to Wokingham borough and was head of education, finance and admissions, then moved to the Learning and Skills Council. Bill has held a variety of director level roles there, then working at colleges in Hampshire, Berkshire and in London.
Vice Principal - Quality, Curriculum and Learners
Prior to joining Petroc in August 2016, Jane was Interim Principal for three of the four campuses at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, which is currently London's largest college. She was doing a lot of intervention work, taking on an Ofsted rated inadequate college and working to improving it. Jane was there for about six months and before that she held the position of Interim Deputy Principal at New College Nottingham, supporting the Ofsted nominee to successfully get the college through an Ofsted inspection and secure a Grade 2. Prior to that Jane spent a number of years working as a full time curriculum consultant with FE Associates. This is Jane’s second spell at the college, previously working here for 8 years before leaving in 2008.
Jane is also the Designated Senior Lead for Petroc and the LADO contact for the College.
Assistant Principal Corporate Services
Assistant Principal - Mid Devon Campus
Assistant Principal - Employer Engagement, Innovation and Enterprise
Head of Learner Services
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