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Employment Policy Group

Aim of the group

The primary aim of the group is to contribute to the development of AoC policy on matters relating to the employment, organisational design and development and the attraction and development of future talent within the sector.

The group will support the lobbying actions of AoC through consultation, development of policy and position statements on behalf of members and provide guidance to inform and advise AoC and national agencies on the implementation of policy on all matters relating to employment and career development within the sector.

The group will seek to maintain a positive climate nationally for industrial relations and lead on national negotiations cycle in relation to key aspects of employment.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the Employment Policy Group is available to view below:


East Midlands

  • Jan Hutt, Vice Principal - Human Resources and Student Services - Northampton College


  • Gerry McDonald, CEO and Group Principal - New City College Group (CHAIR)
  • Janet Gardner, Principal and CEO - Waltham Forest College

North East

  • Joe McGraw, Director of People & Development - Newcastle College Group

North West

  • Paul Taylor, Chief Operating Officer - LTE Group

South West

  • Sheena Murphy-Collett, Vice Principal - People, Organisational Development & Engagement - Petroc

Yorkshire and Humber

  • Debra Gray, Principal and CEO - Hull College

South East

  • Simon Cook, Principal and CEO - MidKent College


  • Alison Andreas, Principal and CEO - Colchester Institute

West Midlands and Sixth Form College Representative

  • James Staniforth, Principal and CEO - Shrewsbury Colleges Group

Dates of Virtual Meetings

Monday 12 June 2023, 11:00 - 1:30 pm

Monday 9 October 2023, 11:00 - 1:30 pm

AoC Lead

Chris Nicholls, Area Director (North East and Yorkshire & Humberside) and National Lead Workforce.