Senior Management Team

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Stuart Rimmer

Chief Executive Officer & Principal

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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.
Simon Eaton

Simon Eaton

Deputy Chief Executive

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Simon was Deputy Chief Executive at Great Yarmouth College for 6 years before transferring to East Coast College. 

He started his career in Commercial banking for Barclays PLC before joining the Education sector originally working at the Funding Council  where he was a Senior Finance Officer. Simon qualified as an ACCA accountant in 1997 and worked as an FE Consultant at Bentley Jennison (3 years) and then Assistant Director at KPMG (2 years)

Prior to joining the College he owned his own FE consultancy business for over 11 years.

Simon has a BA (Hons) in Business studies and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.   He also sits on the Board of the Principals’ Professional Council representing vice & deputy principals.  

Ruth Harrison

Deputy Principal

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Ruth Harrison, Deputy Principal at East Coast College.  

Ruth has over 30 years’ experience of the Further Education sector at a number of colleges, including the former Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Colleges. 

Ruth oversaw a three year improving trend in outcomes for students at Great Yarmouth College and, along with the senior team led the College to an overall ‘Good’ Ofsted result in the last inspection.

Ruth’s specialism is curriculum planning and quality improvement including teaching, learning and assessment. She has effectively implemented study programmes with high learner outcomes and has experience of working with Higher Education provision, both in bringing on new curriculum and in securing a strong result in two separate QAA (IQER) Higher Education reviews. 

Ruth has an MA in teaching, learning and assessment and her dissertation was the successful induction of vocational teachers into the FE sector which she has implemented in 2 colleges.

Ruth has been an OFSTED inspector and is currently Chair of the Norfolk County Council Raising Participation Age Forum and has been a Governor at a local middle school.
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