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  • Oseyoma Okiti joined Abingdon and Witney College in December 2016, after almost eight years as ‘head housekeeper’ at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford. Earlier he trained and worked as an electrical engineer in Nigeria after gaining a degree in the subject.
  • Sadie Ibbotson joined City of Bath College in 2014 after 15 years in the Navy’s logistics department. Training, course management and student services posts followed in the NHS, Plymouth College of Art and Wiltshire College, and led to her current manager role/
  • Jess Sachania joined Reading College four years ago as a learning support assistant for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, after several years as a organisational development trainer at ING Direct bank. He began teaching a few hours a week at the college, qualified as a teac...
  • Stuart Steele joined Wakefield College last February after more than 30 years in the auto and related industrial sectors
  • Sarah Seaman joined Barnsley College in 2009 as a hair and beauty (H&B) teacher after first training as a hairdresser, managing a salon, training apprentices and qualifying as a teacher. At college she managed H&B, catering and essential skills, then becoming a quality manager across the curricul...
  • Wendy Taylor has managed the nursery at Oaklands College, St Albans, since 2013, following a long career working with young children in primary and Early Years
  • Chris Gibirdi joined Wigan and Leigh College last September after a similar role at Runshaw College and five years spent first promoting sport across a primary/secondary school network and then as a qualified primary teacher.
  • Emma Kilby-Brooks joined Loughborough College as an HR administrator in 2006, after working in the UK travel industry, the US and Germany, and then in retail HR. She took on her adviser role as number two in the college’s HR department in 2016
  • John McClean, 44, joined New City College, Hackney, in 2004 in his current job after 12 years working in various mental health roles in social services for Enfield and Westminster, and later as an education adviser on mental health issues at the College of Northeast London
  • Tony Jackson took on an FE classroom support post in 2003 after 12 years in road construction, then qualified to teach basic skills and expanded his role into skills development, liaison with industry and apprenticeship management. He joined Wakefield College full-time in 2009, starting his coord...
  • Louise Neil (25) gained a sport development degree, before joining Aldershot Town FC’s Community Trust as a community officer and then moving to Newbury College, Berkshire, as a sport maker in October 2016
  • James Webber (39) joined Havering College in 2001 as a data administrator for the college’s management information system after studying finance and financial information systems at Greenwich University, before becoming an analyst.
  • Witold Szczyglowski, 57, is library and learning resource centre coordinator at the Working Men’s College, Camden. He joined in 2014 after a short break following a long career in the pharmaceutical industry as a specialist librarian.
  • Neil Cox (45) is senior PR and communications manager at Capital City College Group, comprising Westminster Kingsway College, City and Islington College and Conel (College of Haringey and North East London). Before joining the group last October, Neil first worked in retail banking, then sales an...
  • James Thorne (27) is four months into managing the sports programme at Brooksby Melton College. After taking a sport degree, he spent a year as a ‘sport maker’, promoting sport to all students, then three years lecturing 16-18s and undergraduates at Heart of Worcestershire College before running ...
  • Lesley Gill joined Havering College’s student services department 12 years ago as a part-time administrator, moving into a more advisory role before being promoted to manager
  • Jacky Herlihy has worked at Harrow College for 17 years as a receptionist, part-time IT teacher, assessor and now admissions assistant after careers in accounting and the film industry.
  • Maria Harrop is a curriculum manager for retail and commercial enterprise (hair, beauty and catering) at Darlington College, where she first trained as a student and then taught part-time while working in the beauty industry. Since 1991 she has worked as a full-time teacher and then manager at th...
  • Lesley Wilson heads up catering services at Barnsley College, south Yorkshire, where she manages eight food outlets across seven campuses, serving thousands of students each day.