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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.
 
Rachel Bunn

Rachel Bunn

Assistant Principal Curriculum and Quality

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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.
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Paul Padda

Assistant Principal Curriculum and Quality

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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.
 
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Kerry Payne

Head of Higher Education and Access

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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. 
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Nikki Lane

Head of Student Wellbeing & Support

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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.
 
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Victoria Beck

Director of Business Development and Communications

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Victoria has worked at Great Yarmouth College, now East Coast College, as Marketing Manager/Head of Marketing since October 2014.

Prior to that she worked as a Management Consultant for her own company for two years conducting business appraisals and working on a 6 + 3 month contract for a Leisure Trust in Hertfordshire as Consultant CEO.

Prior to that she worked for Waveney District Council as Head of Leisure operations and facility development and was instrumental in agreeing and delivering the Council’s leisure strategy.  This included the £4m leisure development design and build contract and the outsourcing of leisure services to form Sentinel Leisure Trust.  Victoria was subsequently appointed as CEO for Sentinel Leisure Trust.

Before that Victoria worked for the National Blood Service, North London for five years as a Regional Marketing Manager where she studied with the Open University to gain her postgraduate diploma in Management Studies.  Victoria completed her MBA with the UEA’s Business School in 2010.
 
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