Welcome to East Coast College

East Coast College sits at the heart of our local community and has a pivotal role to play in supporting students to develop skills that enable progression to employment and higher education.

We are committed to providing the best learning experience possible and whatever your age, background or qualifications, all of our staff are on hand to support you in achieving your goals.

Our subject offer is wide and offers progression from entry level, through to level seven. In 2014/15 we increased our overall classroom success rates by a staggering 5% and we are recognised for our excellent success rates for our apprenticeships, currently at 13% above the national average.

At East Coast College we give you more than just a course. Our innovative 16-19 year old study programmes include visits, guest speakers, training opportunities and work experience as standard; our students progress on to employment and the country’s top universities so your possibilities for the future are endless!

We hope you find an opportunity that excites and inspires you at East Coast College.


Senior Management Team


Stuart Rimmer

Chief Executive Officer & Principal

Stuart started his working life as “the guy who lifted boxes” at a textile manufacturer, working his way up to running the company’s sales team before moving into a career in the financial services industry.

He returned to learning in his 20s, studying A levels at night school before reading politics, philosophy and economics at Teesside University.

Since then he has achieved a degree, teaching post-grad, a master’s degree in enterprise management and an MBA.  Stuart also runs his own coaching company working with managers of small and medium-sized businesses to improve performance.

Stuart has worked in Education at a senior level for over 15 years, holding management roles at Newcastle College Group for 4 years and Director of Quality and Enterprise at Lancaster and Morecambe College for 7 years.

Stuart moved to East Anglia 4 years ago to take the role of CEO at Great Yarmouth College.  He quickly involved himself in the community taking a proactive role in local and regional civic leadership.  Stuart now serves on the New Anglia LEP Skills Board and also on Enterprise GY, GY Chamber of Commerce and national portfolio groups at Association of Colleges.  He is leading a project with Eastern Region colleges (ACER) on wellbeing in Further Education and comments nationally on issues relating to wellbeing and mental health in education.



Rachel Bunn

Assistant Principal Curriculum and Quality

Rachel has worked at Lowestoft College, now East Coast College, since 2002 and was previously Executive Director of Curriculum and Quality. She was responsible for significant improvements to quality across the organisation and securing the college’s position as the top further education provider of apprenticeships in the region.

Rachel has vast experience of curriculum quality enhancement, stakeholder engagement, partnership working and responding to national legislation, such as safeguarding including PREVENT. During her time as Executive Director of Curriculum and Quality, Rachel oversaw a college-wide restructure which resulted in cost savings of £1.4million whilst simultaneously improving outcomes for learners by 4%.

Rachel qualified with an MSc in Educational Leadership in 2015. Outside of the college she volunteers as Chairperson and Trustee of Chedgrave MS Therapy Centre, where she has been responsible for a growth in income, via external grants, fundraising and NHS income streams.



Paul Padda

Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality

Paul has worked at Great Yarmouth College, now East Coast College, since June 2013. He joined as the Programme Manager for mathematics and English with additional responsibilities for adult, community and learning support. Since then he has been promoted to an Assistant Principal role. Previously Paul has worked in various curriculum management roles at further education establishments covering all aspects of delivery and commercial work.

He has consistently helped improve standards of teaching and learning and outcomes for learners within all these roles helping to move provision from inadequate/requires improvement to good, as rated by Ofsted over 4 inspections.

Paul holds a first degree in law and a MSc in Computer Science.



Kerry Payne

Assistant Principal Higher Education and Access

Kerry joined Great Yarmouth College, now East Coast College, in 2005. She has over 11 years teaching and curriculum development experience in post-compulsory education and has excellent understanding and implementation of quality processes and report writing. She also has over 5 years’ experience with direct management of curriculum areas with responsibility for detailed self-assessment and review procedures. Within the last two years she has been in her current post of Head of HE, Access and Science.

Kerry has a Masters Degree MSc Science (Molecules in Medicine), PGCE Post Compulsory Education, QTLS ststus and BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology and Genetics.



Nikki Lane

Assistant Principal Student Wellbeing & Support

Nikki joined Great Yarmouth College, now East Coast College, in December 2012 and held roles as Student Services Manager and Student Welfare Advisor within this time. In her current post of Head of Student Wellbeing and Progression Nikki has overseen the development of safeguarding and wellbeing practice, personal development and welfare tutorial programme within curriculum and led the College through Cross College Matrix careers, information, advice and guidance national accreditation.

Nikki’s previous posts held prior to joining GYC include Enterprise Centre Manager at Poultec Training, 14-19 Project Manager for Norfolk County Council Operational Partnerships and Connexions Personal Advisor specialising in safeguarding and supporting vulnerable NEET young people.

Nikki’s qualifications include Level 6 Careers Guidance and Development Diploma; Home Office registered WRAP Prevent trainer; NLP Coaching Practitioner; Masters module Supervision in Youth and Community Development; Certificate in Person Centred Counselling; PGCE; BA (hons) History of Art, Design and Architecture.


Urmila Rasan

Deputy CEO


Holly Chase

Assistant Principal

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