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Apprenticeship Reference Group

Group Chair

Linda Dean, Vice Principal Apprenticeships, Business and People, Blackpool and The Fylde College


  • Dr Anne Haig-Smith, Director - Training and Apprenticeships, Activate Learning
  • Barney Willis , Head of Apprenticeship and Traineeship Operations, Weston College
  • Carl Riding, Director: Estates & Sustainability, Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG)
  • Danielle Judge, Assistant Prinicipal: Apprenticeships, Trafford College Group
  • Gina Steele, Deputy Managing Director Total People, LTE Group
  • Grant Glendinning, CEO and Group Principal, Education Training Collective
  • Jackie Lanagan, Assistant Principal Curriculum and Partnerships, East Durham College
  • Jacqui Canton, Principal, Abingdon and Witney College
  • James Norris , Assistant Principal - Commercial Development, Walsall College
  • John Lyne, Chair, Tameside College
  • Kam Dehal, Vice Principal - Business Development, East Surrey College (Orbital South Colleges)
  • Laraine Moody, Group Principal, West Suffolk College
  • Lisa Buckley, Assistant Principal Adults & Apprenticeships, Kirklees College
  • Matt Phelps, Deputy CEO / Deputy Principal Curriculum and Quality, City of Portsmouth College
  • Nicki Clarke, Executive Director of Apprenticeships, Hull College
  • Phil O'Hara, Vice Principal - Skills and Adult Curriculum, Northampton College
  • Rachel Corns, Assistant Principal, Dudley College of Technology
  • Richard Roberts, Director of Apprenticeships & Commercial Development, Hertford Regional College
  • Sarah Stephens-Lewis, Assistant Principal for Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement - Workplace Learning Central, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS)
  • Sharon Bennett, Director of Apprenticeships & Partnerships, New College Durham
  • Sharon Yates, Assistant Principal - Apprenticeships & Business Hub, Reaseheath College
  • Steven Downham-Clarke, Vice Principal & Deputy Chief Executive, Myerscough College
  • Susan Errington, Deputy Principal - Strategic Partnerships / Deputy CEO, Derwentside College
  • Tracey Baron, Deputy Principal Curriculum and Quality, Nelson and Colne College Group (NCCG)
  • Yiannis Koursis OBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Bedford College

Upcoming meeting dates:

Friday 23 February 2024: 13.30pm – 15.00pm
Thursday 13 June 2024: 12.30pm – 14.00pm

Past meetings: