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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 Corporate Services
Jane joined Petroc (North Devon College) in 1996 and was one of the first non-teaching members of SMT. As the longest serving member of the current SMT, she has been through two full Ofsted inspections, one monitoring and one short inspection. Before joining Petroc, Jane worked for Devon library services as Head of Administration and took her administration qualifications at Petroc. In her spare time, she enjoys looking after her grandchildren, reading and shopping.
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.
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.
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