The College leadership teams work with all members of staff to ensure that every student receives the highest quality of teaching and support during their time with us.
The leadership team works across the Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses and aims to deliver the best teaching environment that develops and inspires the students, staff and wider community.
Jasbir Dhesi (known as Dhesi) OBE is Principal and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cheshire College – South & West and has over 24 years’ experience in senior leadership roles across three colleges. He is a qualified teacher and has previously been the Principal/CEO of South Cheshire College and Yale College.
He passionately believes in the ability of further education to help transform lives and communities. He has a proven record of working with employers and partners to support economic growth and development of Cheshire and the wider region.
Dhesi is a member of Crewe Town Board, a Director of Commonwealth Association, the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Anti Bullying Commission, North Wales Science Board, Blacon High School Trust and a trustee of Shavington Academy.
As a member of the Employers’ Skills and Education Board of Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), he represents all Cheshire and Warrington colleges and training providers.
In June 2022, Dhesi was awarded an OBE for services in education as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Helen’s background is in marketing and she has previously worked for some high-profile companies such as Sony, IBM, and Lincoln Software with a focus on corporate marketing. She joined West Cheshire College in 2000 as Marketing Manager and immediately made an impact in transforming the College’s marketing activities. Since then, Helen has made an impact in various roles including Area Manager for Creative Arts and Marketing and Vice Principal for Business Development and Services.
In April 2016, Helen was appointed Acting Principal and Chief Executive and asked to develop and deliver a programme of change. Her determination and passion led to a rapid improvement in teaching, learning and assessments as well as outcomes. Helen’s leadership and impact was recognised by Ofsted in December 2016, resulting in an improved Ofsted judgement. She led West Cheshire College to a successful merger with South Cheshire College, providing the College with a strong financial foundation.
Helen is also a member on the Local Enterprise Partnerships Scrutiny Committee, Trustee Board for Blacon High School, a Governor at Upton High School and a Director of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber. In her role as a CWP Governor, she aims to actively contribute to addressing mental health issues in the benefit of the service users.
Helen’s role of Deputy Principal and Deputy Chief Executive Officer is with a focus on managing the Business Development and Apprenticeships and Marketing and Communications areas for the College.
Ruth has over 17 years’ experience in education and has been a senior leader since 2013. She is a qualified teacher and Ofsted Inspector and has a background in quality assurance and curriculum development.
Before joining Cheshire College – South & West, Ruth led the rapid improvement of a large sixth form college. Her focus and expertise secured an improved Ofsted grade and the college achieved Grade 2 – Good. Prior to this, Ruth was Deputy Principal at an outstanding sixth form college with a national reputation for excellence. As Assistant Principal at an outstanding further education college, she led the transformational change of pastoral support and oversaw the exceptional outcomes of all A Level students.
Ruth is fully committed to the education of children, young people and adults. She has a proven record of supporting all groups of students and staff to excel in all they do. She has been a School Governor and chaired the interim Executive Board of a secondary school with an academy order to convert.
Lisa has over 30 years’ experience in human resources (HR) in both the public and private sector, and also had a period running her own HR consultancy. She has extensive experience in further education and for some time now has been in a senior leadership role.
In her last College, Lisa led a number of key people developments, including developing staff engagement and communication processes, implementing staff mental health and wellbeing support and resources, developing robust CPD plans and processes for all staff and leading on performance management.
Lisa is Chair for the AOC NW Colleges HR Group and has held this role for over five years.
Alison began her career as a computer programmer, having graduated with a Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a MSc in Financial Modelling. She has taught mathematics and computer science at high school, college and university level and has held several curriculum leadership and management roles in further education (FE).
Alison made the move to MIS as Head of Data at a large FE college; bringing her analytical and programming skills, together with her curriculum knowledge, to impact the College’s OFSTED inspection around Outcomes, Data and Reporting. She then spent four years as a Director of Planning and Information Systems (but was still known to teach the occasional Further Maths class!) and has now joined Cheshire College – South & West in this role.
As a specialist in apprenticeships and work-based learning, Karen has a worked in further education (FE)/private training for over 20 years. Karen started her career lecturing in hospitals; she then secured her first teaching role in one of Birmingham’s largest colleges. Prior to joining the College, she has worked at a number of colleges, and worked as a senior manager for apprenticeships at an outstanding college based in the Midlands.
Since qualifying as a teacher, Karen has held a number of management positions, and worked for an awarding organisation as an External Quality Assurer. This role involved creating a suite of qualifications aimed at the health sector and working with the Institute for Apprenticeships to form the Apprenticeship Standards around these qualifications. Karen’s focus is to provide apprentices with an outstanding and enjoyable experience, and to ensure they are equipped with the most up-to-date skills to enable them to become our future industry leaders.
Mark began to work as a professional chef in 1991 throughout the country, including the city of lights, London, working with renowned chefs such as Gary Rhodes. He later worked at two Rosette Country House Hotels in North Wales. In 2006, Mark joined the Hospitality team at Yale College as a professional chef, giving demonstrations and guest talks to students.
With a wealth of experience in education, Mark has been challenged with a variety of roles and responsibilities including the running of the cross-college commercial activities over six campuses. He had the curriculum responsibility of Travel and Tourism and Hospitality and was proud to have moved Hospitality to a Grade 1 area.
Mark joined the College in 2014 as a Director of Faculty. His role and responsibilities included the leadership and management of the faculty and to embed the College’s mission and values to staff and students.
Mark’s vision is to be a sector-leading Beacon College in education for England and Wales.
Zoe began her career as a professional hairdresser in a busy town-centre salon. Whilst working in the salon, Zoe started teaching part time at colleges in Lancashire.
On completion of a teaching qualification, Zoe gained a full-time teaching role at Pendleton College in Salford where she gained a wealth of experience in education. Zoe progressed from teaching hairdressing to Curriculum Leader and then became Head of Department, a role that spanned across three sites and included multiple curriculum areas.
Prior to Zoe’s role at Cheshire College, she spent five years as a senior manager at Macclesfield College, where she was the Assistant Principal for Quality and Staff Development.
Nim has extensive experience of safeguarding, mental health, student service, equality, diversity and inclusion across a range of sectors including education, housing and local authority. Nim brings to the role significant experience of leading a large and complex student support and safeguarding team at Hopwood Hall College, in Rochdale. She is a nationally-recognised expert in equalities, safeguarding and mental health as well as being an AoC Beacon finalist in 2021 for championing a trauma-informed culture.
Nim has also been leading on a co-ordinated approach across the Greater Manchester Colleges, as well as at a national level with the AoC, on mental health, by focusing on creating a nurturing, inclusive and supportive environment for staff and students.
Paul has been at the College for more than a decade. Before taking up his role as teacher, he worked in the industry as a games designer, working for companies such as Psygnosis, Acclaim, Warthog, and Rockstar Games. When he joined the College, he taught Game Development and was an Assistant Director of Visual and Performing Arts from 2017 to 2023 before moving up to Assistant Principal.
Paul is also the International Expert for Digital 3D Game Art for WorldSkills UK and trains competitors up for the global WorldSkills competitions. He is an enthusiastic member of staff who has a keen interest in how technology can help further develop teaching and connect better with students.
Jordan originally joined the College as a Careers Adviser in 2009, and has since gone on to manage a range of student support areas including library services and work experience. Jordan has driven standards of customer service across the service and developed new initiatives to remove the barriers to education, such a developing links with local transport.
Mark has worked in education for many years; starting in the Finance Office of Leicester University before becoming the European Finance Officer at Loughborough College. A side-step into a Budgets Officer role a few years later led to a unique position working within both MIS and Finance, responsible for curriculum planning and budget monitoring. From there he moved full time to the MIS office and entered management. Since then, Mark has offered his services as an MIS Consultant, working all over England, and has enjoyed a long relationship with the College.
Lynne joined the college in 2015 after retraining as a lecturer, following a highly accomplished career in financial services. During her time as a lecturer, Lynne taught various courses ranging from BTEC Business to A Level Accounting, before assuming a leadership position.
Lynne successfully transitioned into the role of Assistant Director for Health, Access, Care, Entry Level, and Teacher Training. She played a vital role as a member of the college-wide team responsible for implementing T Levels, demonstrating exemplary commitment. Additionally, Lynne spearheaded the introduction of a highly effective supported internship program.
Now, Lynne eagerly anticipates leveraging her knowledge and experience in her new capacity as the Director of Higher Technical Education. Her objective is to cultivate an inclusive environment where higher education students, regardless of their backgrounds, can thrive while maximising employment opportunities.
John joined us in September 2023, having previously worked at The Trafford College Group as Head of Higher Education, where he led and managed curriculum development, quality assurance and regulations, student support, employability and outreach. John also spent five years at Blackpool and The Fylde College, leading on student engagement and widening participation, and was part of the team that spearheaded the College’s successful degree awarding powers scrutiny. He has also been a national reviewer for HE inspections and a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel member.
As Director for the Institute of Technology (Cheshire and Warrington), John will provide strategic leadership for the IoT, working in partnership with further education partners, employers and the University of Chester to deliver high quality training and education across the region that drives the economy and enables our students and apprentices to secure lifelong, enriching careers.
Andrea opened her own Salon in 1980 after leaving college, whereby she began to teach at the College alongside completing her teaching qualifications. She continued to teach on a part-time basis alongside running her own business.
Andrea began to work for ‘Link Training’ and ‘Specialised Technical Services’ and ‘Quantum Training’. She delivered on a range of work-based learning programmes both in the hairdressing industry and the wider jobs market for the unemployed.
In 1995, she returned to the College and progressed from a part-time lecturer to full time and then to Head of Curriculum for Hair and Beauty. She developed the department and expanded the range of provision including her own skills in Beauty and Complementary Therapy. Andrea was part of the successful team who aspired to achieving ‘Outstanding’ and Beacon College status and were seen to be sector leading.
In 2014, Andrea became Assistant Director of Faculty for Hair and Beauty and Hospitality and Retail Operations. Andrea has embraced a number of changes to the department and her vision is to cascade recent successes to developing the other areas in her department.
Victoria began working in the Hospitality Industry from a young age and took her passion for the industry to university completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Resort Management. Victoria has a wealth of experience working in bars, restaurants, conference and banqueting, events management and contract catering.
Victoria joined Cheshire College in 2018 as an Instructor Demonstrator in Hospitality and as the Academy Restaurant Manager. She has been an integral part of keeping the Academy to double AA rosette-standard, Food and Beverage Centre of Excellence and AA College Restaurant of the Year, UK in 2019.
She is passionate about the service sector, and now holds the post of Assistant Director for Hair, Beauty & Hospitality.
April’s experience is diverse and began over 30 years ago, when she worked in the USA as part of a study programme that involved working with children. This catapulted April into a career that would shape her future and expertise within the industry. Her work sector history comprises significant experience in a diverse range of settings, including the NHS, Social Services, Barnardo’s, Women’s Aid and local authorities.
These different working environments have developed the skills that underpin April’s working practices.
Within the College, April has many years experience as a lecturer and has developed and led the curriculum for Child Care and Education, and Early Years. A collaborative ethos has been key to April’s continued positive outcomes for students within the faculty, enabling them to have the necessary skills to be successful within their future chosen field.
Rob’s career in teaching spans over 20 years, after graduating from Durham University in 1997 and subsequently completing his PGCE, in Religious Studies and History, in Manchester in 1999. He has worked across the 11 to 18 age range in a variety of leadership roles, and more recently focused on post 16 education as a Director of Sixth Form. Rob joined the College as Assistant Director of A Levels in April 2023.
Rob has a passion for teaching and learning, especially research-led practice, and a strong belief that post 16 education should provide every student with the opportunities to grow academically, socially and emotionally in readiness for the next steps in their lives.
On graduating with a degree in sports science, Geoff entered the fitness industry with a passion for developing the health and fitness of all those with whom he worked. After several years as a personal trainer, he qualified as a teacher and furthered his education with a master’s degree. He initially entered the teaching profession to prepare new fitness and health professionals from levels one to five for a rapidly growing health and fitness sector, but went on to deliver PGCE teacher training programmes, work as an advanced practitioner to support and mentor new lecturers and to lead the sports department for several years. Supporting students to fulfil their potential and progress from College with the skills, knowledge and confidence ready for industry and/or university is his passion.
Alex began working in the automotive industry directly after high school, completing an apprenticeship with a local employer, and then continued to gain practical experience and develop his knowledge whilst working in various areas of the sector before moving to North Staffordshire.
He started his teaching career working as a tutor for a private training provider in 2012. Exclaimed as a natural, he completed a teaching qualification at a local university whilst working full-time. During this period, he began to develop and lead courses suited to a range of pupils, from high needs and young offenders to adult industry CPD and staff development classes.
Alex started at the College as a lecturer in 2016, taking on the role of Centre Coordinator within the Automotive Department. He completed a HND in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and developed a relationship between the engineering and automotive courses. While lecturing across both departments, he continued to adapt the programmes and delve into new technologies, taking on the delivery of cutting-edge courses, such as Virtual Engineering and Additive Manufacturing, and led on the implementation of the 3D printing facilities at Cheshire College.
In 2022, Alex was appointed to the position of Assistant Director for the department he is so passionate about. He focuses on the student experience and the development of curricula to keep ahead of the rapidly progressing industry to ensure students are sought after when graduating from the College.
Craig is a qualified teacher with extensive experience in the further education sector. Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Sport Development Coaching from Staffordshire University, Craig’s initial industry experience included sports coaching and physical education development in primary settings. Following this, he embarked on a teaching career within sport, uniformed protective services and alternative provision learning. Craig has also held curriculum management roles in a variety of departments but most notably within Sport, Uniformed Protective Services, Business and ESOL. Craig is passionate about contributing to the future successes of our students.
Ben graduated from Edge Hill University with a Degree in Web Systems Development in 2008. His love of education then led him to complete his PGCE in 2010 and he also undertook a Law Degree in 2013. Ben has considerable experience in the further and higher education sectors, having taught a variety of subjects such as Computing, Law and Business in Liverpool, and specialising in Cyber Security, Project Management and Web Systems Development.
Throughout his career, he has held several leadership and management roles including Curriculum Leader and Deputy Head of School in charge of Science, Business, IT, Teacher Education and Access.
In his current role, Ben manages a successful team overseeing the areas of Business, Science and Computing at the College. In addition to his management role, Ben is an experienced Web Designer and is also an Expert Examiner and Team Leader with the awarding bodies Pearson and AQA.
Paul moved into the further education sector in 2011, having spent the previous 20 years working in a variety of secondary schools across Shropshire, Cheshire and Warrington.
Throughout his career, he has held several leadership and management roles including leading a large mathematics faculty and being Assistant Head in charge of Curriculum Design and Development. Throughout his time working in schools, Paul continued with his professional development, achieving an MA in Education and being awarded his NPQH from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
In his current role, Paul manages a large successful team overseeing the areas of Business, Science and Computing at the College. In addition to his management role, Paul is an experienced mathematics practitioner, delivering on the A-level programme and is also an Expert Examiner and Team Leader with the awarding body Pearson.
Lisa graduated with a BA in Mathematics with QTS from Liverpool Hope University. After gaining her degree, she worked in primary education, teaching EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. During her time in schools, she was subject leader for maths, a member of the middle leadership team and the Educational Visits Co-ordinator.
In 2016, Lisa was looking for a change in career direction and looked for roles where her mathematics expertise could be fully utilised, she joined the College in October 2016 as Maths Programme Leader and in July 2017 was appointed Assistant Director of Foundation Maths and English.
Lauren graduated from Lancaster University with a Degree in English Literature in 2013. Her love of education then led her to complete a Masters’ Degree in Creative Writing, and she graduated from Keele with her MA in early 2015. After gaining experience in a range of schools and teaching undergraduates as part of this course, Lauren decided to pursue a career in further education, and she graduated from Staffordshire University with a PGCE in English in 2015. She joined the College in August of that year, and spent the following years teaching both A Level English Language and GCSE English Language, as well as examining for AQA A Level English Language.
In June 2019, she was appointed as the Assistant Director of Foundation Maths and English at the Crewe Campus. Lauren hopes to help as many students as possible not only achieve their goals within these subjects but truly enjoy their time in the department.
Ben started his career in construction as an apprentice electrician at 16, working at Astra Zeneca in both Alderley Edge and Macclesfield. Ben became fully qualified when he was 19 and continued to work at Astra Zeneca, on the new labs and research complex.
He left to work on various large-scale industrial projects, such as gas plants and tps power stations, as an electrical supervisor. Ben then moved into industrial/manufacturing as an electrical maintenance engineer for a large manufacturing company.
Ben trained as an electrical NVQ assessor and moved into teaching, working at the College’s Crewe Campus as a lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Design, Installation and Maintenance in 2017.
Ben is now Assistant Director of Construction at the Ellesmere Port campus, and he want to modernise construction with green technologies and sustainable systems that assist with getting to net zero. He is passionate about looking at modern techniques and technologies used within all aspects of construction for a sustainable future in line with a modern industry.
Daniel began to work as a professional chef in 1992 travelling around the country, including Carlton Towers in London. He completed his qualifications in professional cookery at Level 3 and then later worked at a three Rosette Country House Hotel in North Wales where he was the executive chef for five years. In 2001, Daniel joined the Hospitality team at Yale College as a professional chef, training and mentoring students alongside full-time chef commitments.
Daniel joined full-time education in 2008 where he was a lecturer in Hospitality at Yale College including responsibilities of commercial activities within his teaching role.
Daniel joined the College in 2016 as a Grade 1 lecturer in Hospitality and was an integral part of the Academy restaurant to ensure they received two AA Rosettes, Food and Beverage Centre of Excellence and AA College Restaurant of the Year for UK 2017.
Consistently demonstrating his passion for the service sector, Daniel was promoted to Assistant Director for Hair, Beauty, Hospitality and Retail Operations and now holds the post of Assistant Director of Construction for Crewe Campus.
Phil has taught photography and media in further education for over 20 years, through the birth and evolution of the digital communication age. He started his career as a photographer and moved into teaching photography on a part-time basis in the evening to adults. His experience in teaching now covers a broad range of pathways from Entry Level to Foundation Art and Design and HNDs.
Phil started to teach at the College in 1996 as a lecturer in Photography, Media and Electronic Art after teaching for four years at Stoke-on-Trent College. Phil progressed into management and now manages Visual Arts, Media Communication and Performing Arts. The area’s aim is to build even stronger links with industry through our “Shaping the Curriculum” events and an increased number of performances in the Centre Stage Theatre.
Nick started his working life as a zookeeper, working at the Welsh Mountain Zoo & Blue Planet Aquarium, moving into further education (FE) as a Technician/Instructor at Reaseheath College. He continued to push links between industry and education, being part of the team to successfully achieve a zoo license for an FE college (a UK first). This paved the way for many other colleges to follow, ensuring teaching mirrored industry standards in a fully registered and licensed zoo.
After being promoted to lecturer in 2006, he started to work with many awarding bodies as an external quality assurance professional, ensuring assessment was effective and reliable. He has managed many departments, from Animal Management to Land-based Engineering. Not only is he extremely passionate about vocational/technical education, believing it provides a vital route into employment for many young people, he is a product of FE, having completed vocational BTECs instead of A Levels to secure his place at university.
Stephanie started her career as an apprentice working in Social Services in the Human Resources department and, following this, secured a permanent role within the Charging department, working her way up the ranks to became a Debt Recovery Officer.
Her career in further education began in 2007 when she joined a local private training provider as an Assessor where she gained assessing and training qualifications alongside accountancy qualifications. She worked with employers and delivery providers across North West England to provide accountancy apprenticeships to students of all ages.
Stephanie joined the College in 2013 in a business development role, working with young people and large and small businesses in Crewe and the surrounding areas, to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. Her area of expertise lies in the design of apprenticeship programmes to meet the current and future needs of our employers, to provide quality training and value for money.
Peter graduated from university with a Degree in Computer Aided Engineering. After a number of roles in the building services industry as a design engineer concentrating on developing CAD and building controls, he joined the College in 1995 as a Mechatronics Technician.
He moved through Network Support into his current role as Information Technology Services Manager and he and his team develop and support all College IT services from classroom audio visual equipment through to servers, network infrastructure, building systems, telephony, MIS and ELearning.
Helen started her career in the hospitality industry, holding operational and general management positions within Macdonald Hotels before moving into the independent luxury hotel market.
Helen’s career in further education started at Furness College in 2007 as a Lecturer and Assessor in the Hospitality department before moving to a leading work-based learning training provider in North West England. Over the next 12 years she held roles as Assessor, Lecturer, Internal Quality Assurer, Partnership Executive and latterly as Key Account Manager.
Helen joined Cheshire College – South & West in September 2020 as Employer Engagement and Relationship Manager. Passionate about training and development, she has worked with large, blue chip apprenticeship levy paying employers and SMEs to develop complete work-based training solutions that meet organisational objectives whilst offering their employees opportunities for continued professional development, enabling them to further their careers.
Joanne’s role is to manage the College’s Learning Resource Centres, Careers and Student Hubs having gained a wealth of experience working in further education in the area of learning resources for over 23 years. She has enjoyed many additional and different aspects to her role, which have included running workshops, planning events and finding new ways to enhance service provision.
Joanne has been active in running a number of funded projects with partners in other sectors. This has largely focused on reading and digital literacy by finding new ways to engage with individuals and groups.
Catherine started in her role as Learning Support and Inclusion Manager at the College on 17 March 2021. Her role is to manage the Learning Support provision across the Crewe Campus at the College.
Catherine has experience of working in three further education colleges across the country, in provisions that vary from mainstream to more specialist settings. She has now worked specifically in special educational needs within further education, for a number of years.
Alison graduated with a Degree in History from Northumbria University and since 2002 has spent all her working life within the Human Resources profession across both the private and public sector.
In June 2009, Alison joined the College as a Senior HR Officer. Since then she has held a number of positions within the HR department ranging from Section Leader, Associate Director and she was appointed HR & Organisational Development Director in September 2014. This breadth of roles has given Alison a comprehensive background and a diverse experience of the range of HR activities within the further education sector.
Alison’s current role at the College is to provide leadership and management of the Human Resources function in her role as Human Resources Manager.
Stelios has been involved in international education services since graduating from university. For over a decade he has been working in the further education sector. His main aim is to create international links for the College so that students from different parts of the world can experience what the College has to offer. It is also an opportunity for the international students to experience life and culture in Cheshire.
Since joining the College in August 2014, the International Office has grown and developed links throughout Europe and Asia. International students love the learning experience they receive at our state-of-the-art Campuses as well as the homely feeling they get from our homestay families.
Whether students study A Levels, vocational courses, short bespoke study, sport and cultural programmes or are on our International Summer School Programmes, the International Office organises and offers an excellent experience.
Chris graduated from Keele University with a BSc (Hons) in Music and Psychology, specialising in Educational Psychology in his final year. He started his career working with adults with learning needs to enhance and develop their communication skills. He later made the move to further education in 1999, when he started working at Stoke-on-Trent College, gaining a PGCE and management qualification. Chris worked there for 12 years, progressing into management and becoming the Assistant Director of the Skills for Life Faculty, managing the Foundation Learning and Alternative Education provision.
Chris joined the College in 2011 as Head of Learner Services. In his current role, Chris is responsible for a range of support services including: Additional Learning Support, Careers Service, Wellbeing Centre, Counselling Service, Student Centre, Learning Resource Centres and Study Zones. He is also the College’s Designated Lead for Safeguarding.
Chris and his team provide high quality support for students during their whole college experience to ensure they are able to succeed, develop and progress.
Mike started his career as an apprentice working in Accountancy Practices in Nottingham before qualifying as an accountant.
His career in the further education sector began in 2000 when he joined a RSM as a senior auditor working on the initial ILR audits. Following a stint with Tribal as an MIS consultant, he later returned to help with managing the ILR audits for KPMG.
Mike joined the College as interim MIS manager, working with a busy MIS team across Ellesmere Port, Crewe and Chester Campuses. Mike’s area of expertise lies in Education Funding and Audit. He is a keen football fan and supports his home club of Nottingham Forest.
Nadia joined the College to manage the personal development team.
Her aim is to ensure that students have a positive learning experience and help them to reach their full potential, develop life skills and career aspirations.
Nadia has extensive experience of working with young people, starting her journey working for the Connexions Kent & Medway Service, supporting young people, working across a wide range of services including, schools, youth services and statutory partners. Nadia joined further education in 2013 and has extensive experience in the leadership and management of a range student services, including college tutorial programmes, enrichment activities, safeguarding, bursaries, counselling provision and working with external agencies.
Jayme graduated from university in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance. She was also a radio presenter for Heart FM during this time. However, upon finishing her degree, she decided that her passion for teaching outweighed her enjoyment in the radio industry, so went on to study for a PGCE and has enjoyed working in education ever since.
Jayme started her teaching career in 2009 when she was appointed as a Teacher of Drama at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. She delivered BTEC and A Level Drama courses and taught GCSE English and maths. In 2015, she joined the Performing Arts team at Coleg Cambria where she co-ordinated the A Level Drama course, as well as supporting and mentoring new staff to the College. Jayme also has an ILM qualification in Leadership, Management, Coaching and Mentoring.
Ciamhne began her career in social media and quickly moved into marketing and communications after graduating from university. Working across a diverse range of sectors (including Legal and Fintech), Ciamhne has designed and developed engagement strategies for businesses from scratch, using ongoing analysis to build on brand and marketing toolkits so audiences are continuously engaged and catered to.
Passionate about all aspects of marketing and communications, Ciamhne believes that we can all positively connect, collaborate and grow together with the right communication and cultural values.
Elizabeth started in her role as Learning Support and Inclusion Manager at the College in September 2022. Her role is to manage the learning support provision across the Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses.
Elizabeth comes with 18 years’ experience working in three further education colleges, including 12 years working specifically in special educational needs.
Her background and Degree in Business Management come together well with her passion for removing barriers and promoting independence to effectively manage a diverse team supporting a wide range of additional needs. She is a huge advocate for continual improvement and always seeks to work in the most efficient ways possible, whilst ensuring students have access to an excellent service to give them the best experience at college.
In Glyn’s initial postings, he gained the valuable experience of teaching English overseas. This gave him the confidence and ambition to further his career in the field. He then progressed to teaching ESOL in the further education sector in 2005. When Glyn initially joined the College, he spent four years teaching ESOL, GCSE Mathematics and ESL for the International Department. In November 2019, Glyn was appointed as the International Programmes Manager.
Glyn is passionate about working with young students from all around the world. His aim is to provide support and assistance to students throughout their stay to ensure their experience of studying and living away from home is a truly memorable one.
Debra started her career as an early years practitioner in Sussex before moving to Asia with her family to set up and manage international nurseries.
On returning to the UK, she spent ten years at Tarporley High School running the school’s cover and enrichment programme. From there she went to Sandbach School (boys) as a head of year and pastoral lead, where the opportunity arose to be the Data/MIS/Exams Performance Manager, which she did for five years before joining the College.
Debra has experience of running exams and is keen for this to be a well-run process by keeping examinations delivery up to date whilst meeting awarding body requirements, which is essential for both students and the College as a whole.
Andrea has taught digital media and filmmaking for over ten years. She has a background in TV production, working within the camera department in a freelance capacity for a range of production companies. Andrea has also worked as an external examiner for Pearson and has been course leader for a range of courses. Before joining the College, Andrea gained experience as a curriculum manager for an further education provider with a high percentage of SEND students and she is passionate about inclusive education and the creative sectors.
Sarah has worked in skills, education and training for many years. Sarah’s combined passion for teaching and learning plus technology has led to a range of roles in staff development, teacher training and leading on the use of technology in teaching and learning. During her career, she spent four years as a national and international IT trainer, returning to further education in 2001.
Recently, Sarah was seconded to the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership as Regional Coordinator for one of eight Local Digital Skills Partnerships in England. In this role, she worked closely with local businesses, schools, colleges, local authorities and the DWP.
Sarah leads on embedding new technologies, digital skills and learning technologies across the College.
Dan started with Cheshire College – South & West as a lecturer in Uniformed Protective Services. He taught at the College for five years, then progressed into the role of Assistant Director for Sport, Uniformed Public Services, Travel & Tourism, ESOL and Prince’s Trust at the Crewe Campus. Dan is now Campus Manager for the College’s Crewe Campus.
Dan has extensive knowledge and experience working in the armed forces and has served in domestic emergency situations and in conflicts overseas. His aim is to ensure students are as prepared as they can possibly be to progress into higher education or gain employment in their chosen vocational area.