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Vice Principal - Quality, Curriculum and Learners
Jane has worked at Petroc as Vice Principal since August 2016. Her main responsibilities are the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum provision, student support and services and the learner experience. Jane is also the Designated Senior Lead for Petroc and the LADO contact for the college.
Jane previously worked in a number of colleges, and sixth form colleges across the UK, including senior leadership roles in large city colleges.
Assistant Principal - Lifestyle, Care and Foundation Learning.
Jon is Assistant Principal Lifestyle, Care and Foundation Learning, as well as cross-college lead for Entry Level to Level 2 courses.
He joined the college in 2013, when he set up the Animal Care courses before becoming Head of School for Health, Fitness, Supported Learning and Animal Care, and then Department Manager for LCFL.
Outside of work, he enjoys running and spending time with his two beautiful children.
Assistant Principal Commercial
Rozz is Assistant Principal Commercial overseeing the Marketing and Business Development teams, raising the profile of the college and ensuring that the college meets the needs of learners and employers in our area.
Rozz has extensive experience in marketing, brand strategy and communications having spent many years in top London advertising agencies before moving into the organisational development field and ran her own business consultancy for the 8 years before joining us in January 2018.
Assistant Principal - Mid Devon Campus
Mark is Petroc’s Assistant Principal for Mid Devon. In his role, Mark is responsible for overseeing the curriculum and the quality of teaching and learning in Mid Devon.
Mark has worked at Petroc since 2003 in a wide variety of roles. Prior to his current position, Mark was Head of Apprenticeships for the entire organisation. This, combined with the fact that he was a small business owner before joining Petroc, has given Mark a fantastic understanding of the importance of embedding employability skills into all aspects of the curriculum and tailoring the college’s offering to meet the needs of local employers.
Principal and Chief Executive
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) and was elected to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board from January 2018. 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.
Assistant Principal - Leadership and Higher Technical Skills
I have been employed at Petroc for the past 20 years in a variety of job roles. Previously I worked at Chesterfield College as a lecturer. In addition to my role as Assistant Principal for Leadership and Higher Technical Skills, I also act as the college’s HE Co-ordinator, supporting our partnership work with Plymouth University.
In terms of my job role, I enjoy curriculum design and particularly like the challenge of designing and adapting curriculum to suit the needs of local employers. I also still enjoy teaching / lecturing when I am able to take the opportunity to do so.
Assistant Principal - Arts & Science
Jenny is the 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.
Assistant Principal - Employer Engagement, Innovation and Enterprise
Huw joined North Devon College as a lecturer in 1989. He had previously taught at the University of Evansville, The Bells International School, Cambridge, and Cambridge Regional College. From 1999 until 2009 he was Head of the Business and Leisure Industries Department. Since 2009, Huw has had a variety of responsibilities including leading the branding of Petroc and managing large scale Government contracts. More recently he has taken on the role of leading the college through the Apprentice reforms. He likes fishing in his spare time.
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.
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.
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