I became Principal/Chief Executive of Middlesbrough College in 2013, following 8 years as Vice and Deputy Principal. The College currently serves 11,000 students each year in subjects covering all sectors of the economy, as well as training over 2000 apprentices across the North East of England and employing over 1000 staff. It is currently rated GOOD by Ofsted and TEF Gold for Higher Education teaching excellence and employment outcomes.
I am the current chair of FE+ (a collaboration between the 4 GFE and 1 specialist colleges in the Tees Valley), is a member of the Tees Valley Combined Authority cabinet as well as Chair of the AOC National Quality and Accountability Group.
I led the development of the £100m campus in Middlehaven, ensuring STEM, technical and professional courses were at its heart, following feedback from local businesses. The college’s training arm, Northern Skills Group, now supports over 2,000 regional businesses and the recent acquisition of TTE secures the college’s place as the largest engineering specialist college in the North East of England.
I am a qualified accountant with a background in the public and private sector, particularly in capital developments including Public Private Partnerships and PFI projects. In 2012, I was voted by the Women’s Leadership Network as the most inspirational female leader in the country in further education.
I am a mum-of-two and have spent my life studying and working in Teesside and am passionate about improving the lives of people living here. I believe that education and employment are two key factors in achieving this.