John has been Principal of Yeovil College since January 2014. After graduating from Garnett College, Roehampton with a Cert Ed, John embarked on his career in Further Education, starting as a lecturer in Motor Vehicle training at Farnborough College, Hampshire and then continuing on to a similar role at Bridgwater College in 1989. John went on to successfully develop the College’s Motor Vehicle department before becoming Head of Technology at South Devon College in 2003. His most recent role was as Vice Principal of Swindon College. John was instrumental in developing and leading continued improvements at all three colleges, which were later rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. In February 2013, John as nominee led Swindon College to become the first college in the country to be awarded all grade 1s for all aspects of the new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework. John’s passion is delivering innovative teaching and learning and ensuring all learners have an outstanding experience. He has spoken at numerous national conferences on how to become an outstanding college. He has also taken on the additional role as an Ofsted inspector across the country since 2011.
John, who was born in Bridgwater and has lived most of his life in Somerset, feels he has a close connection to the area and understands the role that an inspiring and outstanding college can play in the local and business community.
Nikki has been Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality, at Yeovil College since June 2013. Nikki studied Science at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and gained her PGCE at Southampton University. Nikki began teaching in 1985 in an 11-18 school teaching Science and Biology across the full age range.
Nikki entered the FE sector in 1993 as a very part time lecturer at Yeovil College. She then had a period of time at Salisbury College before returning to take up the role of a Deputy Head of Department at Yeovil College, and to lead an HE programme.
Since then Nikki has worked within Yeovil College in a variety of roles leading to her latest appointment. Nikki recently became an Ofsted Inspector and is a Governor at a local secondary school. Both of these roles help to support her within the role to enhance the transition from school to college and to build a relevant, focused and inspirational curriculum for all students.
Nikki has always had a passion for education inspiring all young people to believe in themselves and use the power of education to propel them into a career or further education which meets their aspirations.
Emma was born in London but her family moved to Devon where she went to Torquay Grammar School for Girls. She left school with 2 A levels and moved back to London in the early 1990s to be a rock star. To pay the bills, she took a job at Midland Bank in the City, successfully gaining a place on their graduate training scheme. During this period she worked in various placements throughout the bank and passed her accountancy exams. She is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) with over 20 years’ post qualified experience, having worked in manufacturing and telecommunications in Paignton, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Ottawa and Sydney.
Her experience in Further Education started in 2002 at South Devon College in Paignton, shortly after the College had been graded unsatisfactory. She spent the first 6 years as the Financial Controller, being promoted to Finance Manager in 2008, and she was part of the team that successfully brought the College to its outstanding Ofsted grade.
She has been Vice Principal at Yeovil College since January 2015, with a focus on improving the financial health of the college, whilst balancing that with providing excellent facilities and resources for it’s learners.
Director of Staff & Student Experience
Steve joined Yeovil College as HR Manager in 2008. He went to Brighton University where he graduated in 1996 with his Degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Steve then joined the graduate trainee scheme with Sainsbury’s where his career progression involved working in stores as a Senior Manager, on regional teams working on project rollouts and at head office developing and rolling out new retail systems. Since joining the College Steve, who is a chartered member of CIPD has progressed to be our Head of HR and most recently joining the Senior Team as Director of Staff & Student Experience.
Director of Employer Engagement
Mark joined Yeovil College as Director of Employer Engagement in November 2015. Prior to this, he studied at De Montfort University where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1993, Mark then worked as a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer until 2007. Mark began teaching Graphic Design in 1995 in the North East of England and continued to develop his work in the sector over the following years until he was promoted to Head of Creative Industries in 2003.
Mark joined the senior team at Northumberland College in the North East with a focus on teaching and learning and working with the business community over the next few years until he joined the Principalship team as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and then subsequently for Apprenticeships and Business Development. Mark continues with the same focus at Yeovil College where he leads the strategic direction of our curriculum and engagement for our business community.
Director of School Partnerships & Innovation
Steve became a Director at Yeovil College in September 2014. As an Apprentice Engineer at BAe Systems, Steve was keen to follow a career in training due to a number of inspirational teachers at both college and within the British Aerospace. Following successful achievement of the Higher National Certificate and all the skill based qualifications; he was approached to do some part-time teaching. He taught on a part-time basis for over eight years, until a full time position became available at the college he had been a student at, Preston College. He started as a Curriculum Manager in September 1999 and completed his Certificate in Education within the next two year; following a number of internal promotions Steve Left Preston College in 2005 to take up the Head of Construction post at Bridgwater College. After six months of commuting, his whole family joined him in Somerset, where they now call home. After nine years as Head of Construction Steve left to become a Senior Manager at Yeovil College; leaving behind an outstanding Construction department.
Since starting at Yeovil College Steve has become an Ofsted inspector, helping to raise the standards of further Education across the South West.