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HR Policy Group

Aim of the Group

The primary aim of this group is to build and maintain a community of HR professionals in AoC member colleges to facilitate the sharing of ideas and solutions to human resource management issues and challenges.

The group, made up of Chairs of regional HR networks, acts as conduit to seek and disseminate information, advice and guidance on workforce issues specific to the Further Education sector, including employment law, industrial relations and education policy matters and will facilitate two-way communication between AoC and its members.

The group will proactively identify strategic human resource management issues for colleges to stimulate debate and provide leadership on HR practice in the sector.


* Regional HR Network Chair


  • Hilary Bright*, Director of HR Services - City College Norwich
  • Sally Appleby, Human Resources Director - Harlow College

East Midlands

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


  • Janet Curtis-Broni*, Group Chief People Officer - London & South East Colleges

North East

  • Naomi Robson*, Associate Principal, People and Resources - Education Partnership North East

North West

  • Gill Thornton*, Head of Human Resources - Preston College

South East

  • Mickiela Blake*, Director of People and Talent Development - Eastleigh College

South West

  • Sheena Murphy-Collett*, Vice Principal of People, Organisational Development and Engagement - Petroc

West Midlands

  • Donna Lucas*, Group Vice Principal of People - Shrewsbury Colleges Group
  • Karen O’Reilly, Assistant Principal – Human Resources - South Staffordshire College

Yorkshire & Humber

  • Karen Sykes*, Executive Director of People - Heart of Yorkshire Education Group (Wakefield College)

Terms of Reference

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

Dates of Meetings

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 11:00 - 2:00 pm - Virtual

Wednesday 14 June 2023, 11:00 - 2:00 pm - Irwin Mitchell LLP, Birmingham

Wednesday 11 October 2023, 11:00 - 2:00 pm - Virtual

Wednesday 13 December 2023, 11:00 - 3:00 pm - Irwin Mitchell LLP, Birmingham

AoC Lead

Mary Vine-Morris, Area Director (London) and National Lead Employment.