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Sean Casey
Cognate Area Leader Engineering and Technology

I worked for 13 years in the fields of production engineering and building renovation following completion of my undergraduate degree before returning to academia to complete an MSc in Energy Conversion and Management in 2009. Following this, I completed my PhD in Engineering in 2012.

My PhD research was focused on Building Physics, specifically the use of nano-engineered desiccant coatings to provide humidity buffering in enclosed airtight domestic environments that have been retrofitted with solid wall insulation to improve indoor air quality and occupant comfort.

In 2013 I was appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham to manage a research project focused on thermochemical energy storage. The project involved the development and up scaling of nano-composite absorbent systems for the capture of solar and/or waste energy during the summer period, storage of that heat through dehydration of the composite materials and release of the heat during the winter period.

I have continued my research during my lecturing post, with the assistance of two research interns. We studied the feasibility of producing fresh water and heat from humid air in natural disaster zones. The project designed and constructed a working prototype that produced fresh water, suitable for human consumption, and a small amount of night time heating where there is limited access to either clean ground water or electrical supplies.

I am currently employed as the Area Leader for HE Engineering, Science and Technology within the University Centre. I lead a team of staff across a number of programmes including Materials, Mechanical, Electrical and Operations engineering; Computer Science, Animal Management and Bioscience. I am also involved in a number of exciting initiatives that aim to further grow these areas across DN Colleges Group in the coming years.

Richard Kirtlan
Group Senior Leader

I was a maths skills specialist at Rotherham College and the basic skills cross co-ordinator at Doncaster College, prior to my current role.

I have always worked in education and I love it! A practitioner and leader in mathematics with 15 years of experience from Primary school through to FE. Having worked with several colleges throughout the Yorkshire regio and being a Professional Development Lead for the Maths Enhancement Programme, now networking with the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of mathematics), NANAMIC (National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges), the Yorkshire and Humberside Maths Hub.

The reward of the job is that lightbulb moment when a student grasps something that has hounded them for years, or when a student confidently explains a difficult concept to another learner.

Victoria Lucas
Group Senior Leader

I was previously Head of English at Wilberforce College and also and teaching at Pontefract new College. I had an outstanding teaching role. Came to NLC as curriculum leader of English and then a promotion as Group Senior Leader role.

I am very passionate about English and communication skills, it's very integral for employment.

Louise Sharpe

I started my career at British Rail in York working at the Property Board and Golden Rail Holidays, I worked my way through the switchboard, customer services, purchase and sales ledger and credit control.

I moved to Askham Bryan College, York and had responsibility for the Finance departments. I left there to come and work at North Lindsey College and thoroughly enjoy my role which has expanded over the years from Finance to Exams, Customer Services, Learner Finance and the Nursery.

In my current role as Director of Business Services I am responsible for the Ofsted Outstanding Children’s Centre, Fitness Suite, the Catering contract, the Print and Design unit and the Cleaning team. I work closely with the Head of Estates on day-to-day campus issues, capital works and the strategic direction of the Estate.

I am also the support staff Governor on the Corporation at North Lindsey College. I feel my experience in finance and the service areas I deal with mean I come into contact with such a wide range of people, learners, auditors, bankers, staff etc. that I felt my understanding of dealing with these cross college areas would benefit the role of Governor.

I live in the country near York and have a menagerie of 4 cats, 2 dogs, several fish and a lovebird! Because of the nature of my role no two days are ever the same! The work is fast paced, very busy and action packed, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! North Lindsey is a great place to work and the people I work with are amazing.

Lynn Hart
Group Director of Teaching

I was the vice principal of Capel Manor College in Enfield and director of quality enhance for Landex, supporting quality improvement at 38 land based Colleges nationally, before moving to work for the DN Colleges Group.

I love my job because the impact of the support from teaching that have a great effect of students.

Matt Bellamy
Associate Director

After leaving school I studied International Hospitality Management and Professional Cookery at North Lindsey College between 1996 and 1998. My passion for food was realised when I was selected to work in Paris for my second year of work experience.

I worked locally within North Lincolnshire as a Commis Chef but I realised quickly that I wanted to travel and work at the same time and was lucky to secure a position working in La Plagne, in the French Alps for as a Commis Chef. From there my love of travelling grew and I went on to work in Skiathos, Greece as a trainee Pastry Chef studying the art of Patisserie.

I spent a total of 6 years working between the Alps and Greece and steadily worked up to Senior Sous Chef and Head Pastry Chef gaining skills across all elements and types of cookery. My love continues to be Patisserie. At the age of 24 I discovered that I wanted to use my skill and love of food and cookery to greater use and pursued a career in Education. I was employed at Grimsby College as Chef Facilitator running the production kitchen within the departments training restaurant. From 2004 I commenced my professional teaching qualifications and steadily progressed from Facilitator to Learning Tutor and then Team Leader for Hospitality until I was appointed as Head of School for Hospitality in 2010.

I have since spent the last eight years working in FE Curriculum and Support management and have developed an understanding and competence in managing a large and diverse variety of Curriculum areas as well as ALS and Learner Services. I have held many different FE management positions. In June of 2018 I was appointed as Associate Director here at North Lindsey College where my career potential was unlocked and realised.

As a teacher who is passionate about learners and the potential they have to achieve and be successful, I believe I have the best job in the world. To have a skill and a love for a subject is one thing, but to be in a position to share that passion with others is a gift and a privilege.

Steve Abbey
Duty Officer

For 12 years I worked in hotels as a Chef and Duty Manager in Catering and wanted to change of direction with my careers to work in a gym. So I enrolled on a sports course at North Lindsey College and did voluntary work in the college gym.

After completing my two-year programme of study I was offered the post of Personnel Trainer/ Duty Officer which I have been doing now for 21 years! I really enjoying helping all of the students and customers with their fitness goals in the gym. My career highlight was running the London Marathon in 2 hours and 39 mins 5 secs in 1993 and also cooking for HRH Princess Anne when I worked in London.

I love my job at North Lindsey College!

Sam Whitwell
Registry Assistant

I studied sociology, English Language and Literature and Business at Wyke College in Hull. After my time at Wyke I progressed onto an Apprenticeship in Business Administration here at North Lindsey College. Going the extra mile for Stakeholders and seeing they are satisfied with my work is really rewarding. Outside of work I run my own club event once a month in Hull.

Mel Markham
HR Assistant

I left the University of Lincoln in 2009 and subsequently applied for a vacancy within North Lindsey College for an Apprentice in Personnel. I was successfully interviewed and started my Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in February 2010 and completed both the Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 21 months. From this I was successful in gaining the permanent role of Human Resources Assistant. North Lindsey is a great place to work and there are plenty of opportunities available to learn something new.

Kevin Frisby
Trainer Assessor, Leadership and Management,

I completed almost 30 years in the Royal Air Force as a HR Manager finishing my last 5 years specialising in Learning and Development Management. This is where I got the bug for developing and delivering Leadership and other soft skills training.

I left the RAF in Nov 2014 and joined a London based Leisure Management company as a Leadership Development Manager. My task was to develop a leadership development programme to identify and develop their future leaders. Working with the Institute of Leadership and Management the programme was accredited by them and rolled out across 90 sites; I am proud to say that it was a finalist in the UK Active 2015 awards for innovative training programme. Following this I opted to start my own business; I had a contract with the Royal Air Force delivering leadership training to a Lincolnshire based Unit. I also delivered some behavioural training, including psychometric testing utilising the Everything Disc profiling tool, as well E&D, Effective Writing and team building workshops.

After a couple of years I chose to return to full-time employment and joined a company delivering leadership apprenticeships. This brought me to North Lindsey College in August 2018.

Jessica Summers
HE Lecturer Bioscience

I love working in education. I have a master’s degree in translation anothology (Cancer Research) and I have worked in the labs at The University of Sheffield as a Laboratory Technician.

I enjoy keeping up to date in recent advancements in Bioscience and Biomedicine.

Helen Atkin

I have worked North Lindsey College for 16 years now! Prior to this worked with the beauty industry, I was also a qualified Chef working at the Lindsey Oil refinery doing catering functions.

Came to NLC to give myself something to do whilst I had a family and wanted to upskill, add more strings to my bow. I came here as a mature student trained, in beauty once qualified I became a teacher at North Lindsey. I love teaching, I have a great connection with the students and I love to see their development throughout the course. I like to see them go above their own expectations, it’s really nice to see them stretch to the best they can be.