Virtual Open Day Panel

At City College Plymouth, we employ some incredible staff who each have their own specialisms and experiences which enrich the development of our students. The College also works with some of the regions top employers. Our employer partners help us to shape our curriculum, our facilities and to ensure that our students leave us with the skills that they will put into practice in the real world of work.

We thought you may like to know a bit about our Virtual Open Day panel before you join us on Saturday 6 June, so click on the session(s) below for details.

Don’t forget to book!

9.00am - Access to Higher Education

Rachel Feaviour, Academy Manager for Access to Higher Education & Science

  • 26 years’ teaching experience
  • Taught psychology at various levels and for a wide range of awarding bodies
  • Specialises in applied psychology

Rachel has always worked closely with Access students, either teaching or managing their programmes. She is keen to learn new things and embrace new challenges and has worked on a number of quality and academic development committees over the years. 

Rachel Jones, Access to Sociology Lead

  • 13 years’ teaching experience
  • Formerly employed in project management and communication roles
  • Specialises in sociology and health studies

Rachel has had a varied career in both Australia and England, and feels teaching is by far the most rewarding career she has had. She is a highly experienced lecturer with a wealth of experience, teaching on our sociology, health studies, social science and nursing programmes.

Brian Banks, Access to Biology Lead

  • 25 years’ teaching experience
  • Winner of the Pearson FE Lecturer of the Year Award 2019
  • Formerly employed in science and IT roles

Brian loves biology! If it creeps, crawls, slithers, pushes out of the soil or floats in little droplets from a sneeze, Brian is interested in it. Our award-winning lecturer always strives to push his teaching forward and this month launches the College’s first pre-Access online course.

Rebeca Elias-Jones, Access to Art, and Health and Social Care Lead

  • 12 years’ teaching experience
  • About to complete an MA in International Criminal Law and Security
  • Specialises in law

Rebecca is a law lecturer with a passion for criminal law, human rights and national security. However, she also teaches across a number of our Access to HE courses including business, social science and education. As a personal tutor for our Access to Engineering students, Rebeca has great insight into a range of subject areas.

Emma Webb, Access to Performing Arts Alumni

  • Progressed to the Creative Actor Foundation Degree
  • Loves the friendly campus and genuine lecturers
  • Access to HE offers a fresh start

Emma hated school due to cruel bullying and poor teachers. Leaving with very few “good” GCSEs, she was certain she didn’t want to go back to education. After 16 years flitting from job to job, Emma finally started looking into accessing higher education. Now, almost two years later, she has completed an Access to HE course and is in her first year of the Creative Actor Foundation Degree and achieving marks as high as 95%.

Sheryl Jenkins, Student Funding Officer

  • 12 years at City College
  • Specialises in adult learning and higher education student loans
  • Qualified in advice and guidance

Sheryl has spent seven years leading the College’s Student Funding team and supporting students with their finance queries. As a graduate herself, Sheryl has experienced student finance and student welfare support from the perspective of both student and advisor. 

10.00am - Creative Industries

Kat Jones, Head of Higher Education

  • 12 years at City College
  • Previously taught applied psychology 
  • Specialises in widening participation, quality assurance and student engagement

Kat is passionate about higher education. She loves supporting our students, working closely with the College’s curriculum teams and our university partners. She has also undertaken a range of university-level qualifications, including a PhD. 

Colin Seddon, Music Lead

  • 35 years’ teaching experience
  • Specialises in world music, composition, musical improv and arranging
  • Still performs with numerous bands across the South West

As well as being a highly experienced educator, Colin’s music industry experience stretches from rehearsing and recording in studios alongside members of Joy Division, the Stone Roses and Simply Red, to setting up a samba orchestra which he took to venues, carnivals and festivals across Europe.

Jennifer Hotchin, Make-up Artistry and Hair Design Lecturer

  • 13 years’ teaching experience
  • Spent ten years at Channel 4 doing make-up for TV
  • Experienced freelance artist

Jen has extensive experience within the fashion and photography industry. She’s worked with celebrity make-up artists, Vogue magazine photographers, created  prosthetics, casualty make-up and special effects on a variety of TV and film projects. She’s also a highly experienced lecturer who has developed our new Degree in Make-Up Artistry and Hair Design which has caught the attention of high fliers in the sector.

Sam Pomeroy, Performing Arts Lecturer & Programme Lead

  • Ten years’ teaching experience
  • Worked as a director, actor, writer, practitioner and producer
  • Specialises in devising, improvisation, directing, text work and pantomime

Sam has been active within the arts industry for over 12 years. During this time he’s been lucky enough to work with some fabulous people in some amazing venues. His directing credits include Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Annie, Wizard of Oz, Fantastic Mr Fox, 9 to 5, Urinetown and Our House, to name a few. He has also written and directed countless pantomimes.

Charlotte Potts, current student

  • Studying BA (Hons) in Dance Performance
  • Aspires to teach dance and has been accepted for a PGCE 
  • Teaches dance to the elderly

Charlotte joined us after starting a dance course at university that wasn’t right for her. Initially joining us on a HNC, she has continually progressed at the College and loves the regular technique classes, range of modules and developing many transferable skills. 

Kat Marsh, Professional Vocalist and Arranger

  • 12 years’ industry experience
  • Has worked with artists including Grammy-nominated band, Bring Me The Horizon, and Grammy-winning producers, Stephen Fitzmaurice and Jacquire King.  
  • Founder of (and Choir Leader/Arranger for) Choir Noir.

In addition to her work as a soloist, Kat is also a songwriter, lyricist and the founder and arranger of the unique and versatile Choir Noir, which is made up of hand-picked vocalists from across the UK, who have a wealth of combined experience in both recording and live environments. 

Having performed at some of the UK’s premiere music venues and festivals including the Royal Albert Hall, the Roundhouse, Reading & Leeds Festivals, Glastonbury, Download Festival and Bestival, Kat has a great deal of insight into the music industry.

11.00am - Business, Hospitality & Tourism

Kat Jones, Head of Higher Education

  • 12 years at City College
  • Previously taught applied psychology 
  • Specialises in widening participation, quality assurance and student engagement

Kat is passionate about higher education. She loves supporting our students, working closely with the College’s curriculum teams and our university partners. She has also undertaken a range of university-level qualifications, including a PhD. 

Kim Clifton, Hotel and Hospitality / International Tourism, Events and Festival Management 

  • More than 20 years’ teaching experience
  • Has taught in the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Malaysia and Borneo 
  • Hosted a treasure hunt event across the city of Barcelona

Kim loves the food hospitality and tourism sector. Having enjoyed varied careers working overseas, managing restaurants, recruiting staff, and even running her own training and development business, she has a lot of knowledge to share with our students – not least her own personal experience juggling her Post Graduate Diploma as a working mum.

Her specialisms include Leadership, HR, Business Performance, Research and Personal Development, Alternative Tourism, Spa and Resort Management, Events Management and Marketing.

Karen Sweeting, Business Lead

  • 22 years’ teaching experience
  • 40 years’ management experience
  • Specialises in business strategy, enterprise and innovation, HR management and personal development

Karen has achieved an MBA through part-time distance learning study and believes we should all learn continuously so progressed to level 8 postgraduate study. This means Karen can fully empathise with the concept of juggling studying, working and having a family and social life which is not easy but, she says is so worth it!

Jonathan Morcom, Redrok and Redrok Events

  • Director and Deputy Race Director
  • Former Director of the Duke of Cornwall Hotel
  • Gained his BTEC in Hospitality at the College

Jon is a familiar face to many in Plymouth after running the Duke of Cornwall Hotel for 19 years. In his current role as Director of Redrok and Redrok Events, Jon leads the team of seven that is behind great City events including: Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Delt schools challenge; the Great South West Sportive; and the Devon Business Show, as well as supporting companies with uniform supply, embroidery, printing and merchandising.

1.00pm - Health & Science

Kat Jones, Head of Higher Education

  • 12 years at City College
  • Previously taught applied psychology 
  • Specialises in widening participation, quality assurance and student engagement

Kat is passionate about higher education. She loves supporting our students, working closely with the College’s curriculum teams and our university partners. She has also undertaken a range of university-level qualifications, including a PhD. 

Rachel McManus, Childcare Lead

  • 11 years’ teaching experience
  • Recently completed an MA in Safeguarding
  • Volunteers for the NSPCC

Prior to teaching at the College, Rachel worked in a range of early years settings as a nursery nurse, pre-school manager and as a primary school teaching assistant. She has been an early years link governor at a local primary school for a number of years and is a Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command Ambassador.

Sarah Evans, Health and Social Care Lead

  • 12 years’ teaching experience
  • Recently achieved Higher Education Fellowship status
  • Specialises in psychology

Sarah’s main interests are in supporting vulnerable adults and youths, and she has completed training to become an Appropriate Adult for those who have been taken into police custody. She has a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Psychology and her dissertation focused on cyber stalking.

Lee Jezard,Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care Alumni

  • Currently completing a BSc in Community and Public Services Management (Healthcare)
  • Is a self-employed Housing Worker
  • Aspires to start a community interest company 

Lee joined the College based on his professional experience rather than his academic qualifications. After completing his Foundation Degree, he progressed on to our one-year top-up degree which is helping him to gain further expertise in supporting care leavers, ex-offenders, and those with complex needs such as substance abuse.

 

Dr Adam Morris, CEO of Livewell Southwest

  • Almost 4 years as CEO of Livewell Southewest
  • provides NHS and local care to residents in Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon
  • Employs 3000 people

Livewell Southwest is a recognised provider of integrated health and social care services operating across South Hams, West Devon and Plymouth, with additional responsibilities for delivering specialist services to people living in certain parts of Cornwall and Devon. Livewell are recognised by CQC as one of the best providers in the south west. As a provider of fantastic careers Adam is always looking for innovative ways to support staff and help them excel.

2.00pm - Media, Computing & Games Development

Kat Jones, Head of Higher Education

  • 12 years at City College
  • Previously taught applied psychology 
  • Specialises in widening participation, quality assurance and student engagement

Kat is passionate about higher education. She loves supporting our students, working closely with the College’s curriculum teams and our university partners. She has also undertaken a range of university-level qualifications, including a PhD. 

Andy Watson, Computing Lead

  • 20 years’ teaching experience
  • Started programming aged 11
  • Can program in c,c++, Fortran, c#, assembly language, python, java, PHP, SQL and HTML

Andy specialises in software development, computer systems development and applied computing at the College, but before joining us he developed software for jet engines at Rolls Royce alongside his PhD. He has also developed software to design aircrafts and drones with British Aerospace using AI and was a navigator in the RAF. 

Musaab Garghouti, Virtual Reality and 3D Modelling Lead

  • 20 years’ industry experience 
  • Specialises in 3D modelling, animation, lighting, rendering and compositing
  • Joined the College three years ago

Musaab is a pro at creating 3D and video content for all media formats, across multiple platforms. With a proven track record in adding new solutions to software and hardware limitations, he has a solution-focused approach to his field and to teaching. From data visualisation and digital image manipulation, to motion capture and VR development, Musaab teaches from entry to degree-level.

Vicki Pinder, Media Lead

  • Studied Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts
  • Specialises in TV and film
  • Was Production Coordinator for the Stacey Dooley Investigates series 

Before doing her PGCE, Vicki worked as a production coordinator and then production management at Twofour Productions; worked for Shed Media Group in Brighton, and the BBC in Bristol. Gaining her teacher training experience at the College, she jumped at the opportunity to teach in our media department and has been with us ever since.  

Ghandi El-Chamaa, Independent Producer

  • Started in the industry in 2007
  • Creates music videos, commercials and films
  • On average works with 50 crew members per shoot

Ghandi became a producer eight years ago and during this time has worked with the likes of Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Geoff Bell and Louis Tomlinson as well as brands including Gucci, Yonex and Sony Playstation. Due to COVID-19, his latest adventure has taken him into the world of animation, which sees him move away from producing, to focus on writing and directing. 

Tony Murphy-Jones, BA Creative Media Alumni

  • Recently completed his third year of studying at City College
  • Employed as a Coordination Manager at One20 Media
  • Ambition is to become a film director 

Tony works at One20 Media – the College’s media learning company – where he helps students to gain vital work experience in the media industry. Tony was a mature student who, after being made redundant from HMRC, found returning to education difficult due to his age. The College accepted him and he has since been awarded the Higher Education Student of the Year twice!

3.00pm - Construction

Kat Jones, Head of Higher Education

  • 12 years at City College
  • Previously taught applied psychology 
  • Specialises in widening participation, quality assurance and student engagement

Kat is passionate about higher education. She loves supporting our students, working closely with the College’s curriculum teams and our university partners. She has also undertaken a range of university-level qualifications, including a PhD. 

Dan Burnard, Construction Lead

  • Joined the College four and a half years ago
  • Former operations manager within the construction industry
  • Specialises in SME construction contracts and management

Dan has a Degree in Construction Management and prior to joining the College gained 12 years’ industry experience. He focuses time and teaching on personal development. His aim is to develop each and every student to be the best they can be so they can grow into the career they desire.

Emma Hewitt, Building Plymouth

  • Skills Co-ordinator since 2015
  • Specialises in leading activities to increase skilled labour 
  • Passionate about Apprenticeships 

Building Plymouth is a council-led partnership with the construction and built environment industry. Emma’s role is key in increasing the number of local, skilled people joining the industry via Apprenticeships, training, jobs and career opportunities.

Dan Chivell, Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering Alumni

  • Structural Engineering Technician at Airey & Coles Consulting Engineers 
  • Aspires to gain incorporated and then chartered status with the Institute of Structural Engineers
  • Chose to study at the College as he could work in industry at the same time

As a Structural Engineering Technician, Dan works on the design and delivery of structural information on a broad range of projects including residential, education, healthcare and retail industries. He recommends the College for its links with both industry and Plymouth University, and for anyone who would prefer to study in smaller classes.

4.00pm - Engineering

Kat Jones, Head of Higher Education

  • 12 years at City College
  • Previously taught applied psychology 
  • Specialises in widening participation, quality assurance and student engagement

Kat is passionate about higher education. She loves supporting our students, working closely with the College’s curriculum teams and our university partners. She has also undertaken a range of university-level qualifications, including a PhD. 

Dave John, Mechanical Engineering Lead

  • Six years’ teaching experience 
  • Prior to teaching worked for Japanese and German manufacturers
  • Most likely to be found in our pneumatics and hydraulics workshop

Prior to teaching in FE and HE colleges, Dave gained a wealth of experience in the manufacturing sector working for international businesses in a variety of roles. From research, development and production management, to sales and project management, Dave has a wealth of industry insight to share with our students. His subject specialisms include: mechanical principles, engine technology and fluid power systems.

Andy Reed, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Lead

  • Five years’ teaching experience 
  • 35 years’ experience in the electronics design industry for commercial industrial and military systems
  • Ran an automotive electronics company

Andy has worked at all levels from design engineer to principal engineer and engineering management and sales. He specialises in a number of areas including electronic system design, digital logic, embedded microprocessor systems, programming for high speed and efficiency, and mechatronic systems.

Martin Boulter, Autonomous Vehicles Lead

  • Six years’ teaching experience
  • Former composite design engineer for Prada Americas Cup Team
  • Twitch streamer and YouTuber

If it is linked to marine or boats, Martin’s your man. The previous Managing Director of Composite Creations, specialists in ocean racing yachts for solo sailors from design to manufacture. Martin has immense knowledge about composites, naval architecture, project management, CAD and marine autonomy.

Cleopatra Thatcher, Mechanical Engineering Foundation Degree Student

  • Employed as a higher-level apprentice mechanical engineer at Babcock
  • Currently in the third year of a four year Apprenticeship
  • First discovered her love for engineering whilst studying maths at the University of Plymouth

Cleopatra attends the College part-time, one day a week with the rest of the week spent at work gaining experience and on-the-job knowledge. Since starting the Apprenticeship, Cleo’s knowledge and love for engineering has grown exponentially. When she’s completed her Apprenticeship she intends to top-up to a full Bachelor’s Degree. 

Susie Morcom, Plessey Semiconductors

  • HR Business Partner
  • Specialises in recruitment 
  • Plessey currently has 160 staff with growth plans for the coming 12-18 months

Plessey is an award-winning provider of full-field emissive microLED displays that combine very high intensity RGB pixel arrays with high-performance CMOS backplanes to produce very high-brightness, low power and high-frame-rate image sources for HMDs, AR and MR systems. They have recently announced the exciting news that they will be closely partnering with Facebook to help achieve their vision of the next computing platform centred around people.

5.00pm - Sport & Public Services

Kat Jones, Head of Higher Education

  • 12 years at City College
  • Previously taught applied psychology 
  • Specialises in widening participation, quality assurance and student engagement

Kat is passionate about higher education. She loves supporting our students, working closely with the College’s curriculum teams and our university partners. She has also undertaken a range of university-level qualifications, including a PhD. 

Darren Crocker, Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation Lead

  • 13 years’ teaching experience
  • Currently studying an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Specialises in musculoskeletal anatomy and dysfunction

Darren works with a range of professional, national and international athletes. He has a wealth of industry links including Great Britain Diving, Plymouth Albion RFC and Plymouth Raiders BBL. He has worked with multiple national and international athletes in a range of sports such as tennis, swimming, rowing, track and field, and golf.

Ian Davis, Strength, Conditioning & Sports Coaching Lead

  • 14 years’ teaching experience
  • Specialises in human movement and exercise for performance and health
  • Surfer, particularly interested in ‘alternative’ health/exercise interventions

Ian has provided strength and conditioning services, and/or consultation for all of the major sports clubs in the area and has trained athletes of all levels right up to Commonwealth, International, and Olympic level rowers, fencers, swimmers, track and adaptive athletes. As a former PT who has adapted with the shift towards wellbeing and rehabilitation, Ian has a great interest in yoga, breathing techniques, calisthenics, and under-water training.

Maureen Alderson, Community and Public Services Lead 

  • Four years’ teaching experience
  • Over 35 years of experience in the public sector 
  • Former Director for Common Purpose (Devon and Somerset)

Maureen’s vast industry experience spans from campaign volunteering and public advocacy, to fundraising for a number of political campaigns and providing strategic advice to a Police and Crime Commissioner candidate. Having worked for both the US and UK governments, Maureen has engaged with policy at all levels and now serves in non-executive director roles for a local housing association and academy trust.

Kirsty Trayhorn, Community and Public Services Foundation Degree student

  • 22 years of employment experience within public services 
  • Intends to progress on to the BSc and then a PGCE
  • Aspires to lecturer in community and public services

Before joining the College, Kirsty worked in the British Army, the Police and NHS. Her experience at the College to date has been “amazing”. She loves the friendly atmosphere, small lecture groups and the focus on individual needs. Kirsty would recommend her course and the College to anyone looking to expand their skills or seek a new challenge.

Neil Dewsnip, Plymouth Argyle FC

  • Director of Football since 2019
  • Responsible for the long-term football planning of the club
  • Former PE teacher and academy-level coach

Neil joined PAFC with a strong background in youth football having taught for 10 years and witnessing the start of many professional careers at Everton Academy. His role at PAFC today sees him supporting the first team, overseeing the academy team, recruiting new players, and generally working across the business of 110 full-time employees, to build a better club.