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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.
 
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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.  
 
Stella Raphael-Reeves

Stella Raphael-Reeves

Deputy Principal

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Stella has worked in FE and HE education for the past 18 years, teaching across a diverse curriculum and in a number of management roles. Her last role was as Director of a very large curriculum area with a diverse student population at Birmingham Metropolitan College which teaches over 30,000 students across 6 campuses.

Stella’s experience of driving cultural change through mergers in FE colleges puts her in an excellent position to provide the staff and students with the understanding, support and direction required. She also has a great deal of Ofsted and Quality Assurance Agency experience. 

Stella is a competent and articulate manager, with a broad experience in curriculum design, development and management in Further and Higher Education.  Her cross cultural experience and her ability to promote teaching learning and development, specialising in leadership management, Higher Education and project management is perfectly aligned to ECC’s vision and satisfying Ofsted.
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 (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 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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Chris 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 and took up the post of Director of Students and Community at the College in 2014.

She has been responsible for student support including the reorganisation 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 a management qualification as well as Counselling and Information, Advice and Guidance.
 
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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, now East Coast 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 late 2015, Ian took up a directorship opportunity at Lowestoft & Waveney Education Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Lowestoft College, now East Coast College, and within this is now responsible for the commercial income and Apprenticeships contracts at the College.
 
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Victoria Beck

Head of Marketing 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.