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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.
 
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.  
 
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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.
 
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.
Paul Padda

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 possesses a commercial background within the IT sector. He has worked in various roles, most recently as a consultant within commercial enterprise level web development.

Paul holds a first degree in law and a MSc in Computer Science
Kerry Payne

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.

During her time at Great Yarmouth College she was directly involved in mentoring new teaching staff members and acting as a member of teaching and learning observation team. She continues to have roles in quality verification and liaison with awarding bodies. She is currently a member of the Norfolk Higher Education Scheme, Norfolk Regional STEM group as is the lead on the AoC scholarship project for college based higher education. She was recently a team member within the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) to develop the new science foundation degree accreditation criteria and will lead the pilot for accreditation of the science foundation degree accreditation for three degrees at East Coast College.

Kerry is the lead for the higher education peer observation (University of Suffolk) process with all higher education staff across East Coast College. She has also worked with level 3 teaching staff across the college to implement the ALPs system from raising value added. Her work within Access to Higher Education diploma delivery has seen her successfully develop and support a number of course validations and she is also a member of the CAVA QuAD committee. She has successfully overseen the development of a number of degree validations also and is a member of the University of Suffolk validation panel team.
Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane

Head of Student Wellbeing & Support (GY campus)

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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 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.

Nikki is currently Trustee of East Anglia Anchorage Trust – supporting sustainable tenancies for young people, Chair of the ACER Equality, Diversity and Safeguarding board, steering group member for Careers Enterprise Company regional group.
Christine McGuinness

Christine McGuinness

Head of Student Wellbeing & Support (Lowestoft campus)

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Chris has 24 years’ experience in the FE sector and moved to Lowestoft College, now East Coast College, in 1990. She took up the post of Director of Students and Community in 2014 .

She has been responsible for student support including the re-organisation of Student Services and Additional Learning Support. Whilst working with the community and Job Centre Plus Chris has built close working relationships with partner organisations and individuals to enrich the support available for our students.

She works closely with local high schools to facilitate transition for young people into post 16 education and to support areas for development across Waveney including skills gaps and low aspirations. She has built a team of staff who focus on the students and supporting their achievement both in college and progression into work.

Chris has developed new strategies to support inclusion and sits on the Suffolk SEND committee.

Chris has a management qualification as well as Counselling and Information, Advice and Guidance. Chris sits on the Mygo Steering Group and is an active member of Waveney Learning Community of which she chaired for 5 years.
Ian Pease

Ian Pease

Director of Commercial Development

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Ian graduated from Leicester University in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Human Geography and gained employment at the gas network company Transco (National Grid) in Leicester. In 1998, Ian returned to his home town of Lowestoft where he started work at Lowestoft College in the role of Apprentice Training Officer for vocational areas including Engineering and Maritime. In 2001, Ian moved to the Economic Development Unit at Great Yarmouth Borough Council working closely with employers in the oil and gas, electronics and marine logistics sectors. In 2005 an opportunity arose to return to Lowestoft College to head up two of the College’s four Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) in Offshore Technology and Skills for Energy. Following on from the success of the CoVE programme in 2009 Ian was appointed to the position of Head of Maritime, Offshore & Energy Studies which comprised of the college’s full cost commercial business serving a national and international client base.

In 2014, Ian departed Lowestoft College to take up a new post as Group Training Manager for oil industry drilling structure specialists, Derrick Services Ltd, a role that involved developing and heading up the group’s training academy and API and OPITO approved Competence Management System.

In late 2015, Ian took up a directorship opportunity at Lowestoft & Waveney Education Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Lowestoft College and within this was responsible for the commercial income and Apprenticeships contracts at Lowestoft College.

Ian is now Director of Commercial Development at East Coast College.
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