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Principal and CEO of Petroc College of Higher and Further Education.
Sean holds the position of Principal and CEO at Petroc and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the College.
Sean joined Petroc from Bucks New University where he held the positions of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Enterprise and External Relations) and Pro Vice Chancellor (Education). In his most recent role he was responsible for research, innovation, knowledge exchange, apprenticeships, partnerships, marketing and student recruitment, as well as the University’s Transformation Programme and business development across all aspects of the University’s work. As PVC Education he was responsible for education strategy, quality assurance, academic registry and student success. Prior to joining Bucks in January 2016, Sean was Director of Student Education and Engagement at the University of Exeter, Senior Deputy Chief Executive at the Higher Education Academy, Head of Learning and Teaching at HEFCE and Head of the HE Regional Development Association - South West.
Sean holds a degree in politics and modern history and a postgraduate qualification in education from the University of Manchester. He is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Bath. His research interests include learning analytics, policy making, power and discourse.
Sean was born in Devon, where he lives with his wife and teenage daughter.
Assistant Principal - Leadership and Higher Technical Skills
Craig has been employed at Petroc for the past 20 years in a variety of job roles, having previously worked at Chesterfield College as a lecturer. In addition to his role as Assistant Principal for Academic Studies, Craig also act as the college’s HE coordinator, supporting our partnership work with Plymouth University.
In terms of his job role, Craig enjoys curriculum design - particularly the challenge of designing and adapting curriculum to suit the needs of local employers. He also still enjoys teaching / lecturing when he is able to take the opportunity to do so.
Assistant Principal - Lifestyle, Care and Foundation Learning.
Jon is Assistant Principal Applied General (Vocational), 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.
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 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.
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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