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Meet the Corporate Team


Dr Paul Phillips OBE
Principal and Chief Executive

Paul joined Weston College in 2001. Since then the College has undergone a dramatic transformation, progressing from below average academic results and poor financial security to a 100% pass rate and outstanding Ofsted reports.

Paul has worked at four Further Education colleges over 22 years and has a wealth of experience and a history of academic excellence in maths, economics, law and statistics. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for his services to Further Education and the Voluntary sector.

His responsibilities at Weston College include the overall management of the College and the strategic direction of the organisation, which saw a £9 million turnaround in 2001 and is now turning over in excess of £28 million.

Paul enjoys walking, watching professional wrestling and canal restoration. He is involved in many projects within the community including being a Governor at Herons' Moor School, a board member of the North Somerset Partnership and a non-executive member of the Primary Care Trust. Paul is Secretary to the Western Principals Group for the West of England and the Principals’ Professional Council lead for the South West. Most recently Paul was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bath Spa University for his services to Further Education and the development of Higher Education courses.

Paul’s background includes high profile roles in both business and education and he regularly contributes to developments in Further Education both regionally and nationally.


Jacqui Ford
Assistant Principal - Strategic Partnership and Curriculum Development

Jacqui has had an extensive career within both the NHS and education. Her work profile has included leadership at a range of levels but in particular she has focused regionally and nationally on systems of support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. Jacqui is also extensively involved in developing new models of learning.


Dave Trounce
Assistant Principal - Curriculum, teaching and learning

Dave Trounce is Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at Weston College. His portfolio of responsibility includes the development and implementation of the 16-19 curriculum, the improvement of teaching, learning and assessment practice and the effectiveness of learning resources (including Library Plus facilities). After graduating from Brighton University with a BSc (Hons) Sport Science and a PGCE, Dave started his teaching career in the Secondary sector as a PE teacher. He demonstrated his management potential as a Head of House and was quickly promoted gaining valuable management experience as a Head of Year. He secured his first post within the FE sector in 1999 and has since then developed extensive management experience in a range of roles including as Curriculum Manager, Head of Faculty, Head of Quality and Interim Head of Student Services. Committed to developing the student experience, Dave has established a strong track record of quality improvement at both curriculum and College level resulting in a significant rise in student attainment. In his current role he acted as a College Nominee for the recent Ofsted Inspection (Dec 2013) where Weston College achieved 'outstanding' - the first time the College has achieved this accolade.


Linda Burlison
Assistant Principal - Systems and Resources

Linda joined the organisation in 2010 having previously worked in both the public and private business sectors. She has a wealth of knowledge in procurement, health and safety and project management; as well as having extensive expertise in facilities and estates matters and capital investment. 

Linda has played a significant part in the development of the College sites including the Hans Price Conference Centre, South West Skills Campus and Weston Bay. Her responsibilities at Weston College include the management of resources, IT, estates, marketing, health and safety and capital investment; ensuring value for money is achieved from all support activities.  


Andrea Greer
Executive Director of Human Resources and College Reputation

Andrea was engaged in the role of Director of Staffing and Students at the College in December 2009, and has responsibility for the Human Resources department, as well as being the corporate lead on issues relating to the reputation of the College.

Previous to this she served as a College Governor for five years. She is CIPD-qualified and a graduate in International Business and Modern Languages – working in Germany and the Middle East before establishing a career and her own business in the recruitment and HR sector.


Marcus Holder
Director of Finance

Marcus joined the College in 2009 as Director of Finance. Born in Weston-super-Mare, he attended Wyvern School and then Weston College, before studying a BSc (Hons) in Economics with Applied Mathematics.

He is a qualified ACCA accountant and has spent 12 years working in finance in different industries before moving into the FE sector.

He is responsible for the management of the finance function, at a strategic and operational level. Duties include the financial management, controls and reporting within the organisation and the production of the statutory financial statements.


Anthony Murray
Director of Higher Education

Anthony started at Weston College in 1989 as a Lecturer in Creative Arts. During his time at the college he progressed to become Head of Faculty of Creative Arts, during which time he spearheaded the College’s successful introduction and development of its university level provision.

As well as involvement in the development of University Campus, Anthony was appointed Director of Higher Education in 2007. Since this appointment Weston College has seen significant growth in the amount and breadth of Higher Education on offer, and in 2011 the College received an outstanding report from the Quality Assurance Agency, identifying that it had the highest number of points of “good practice” awarded to any college nationally.

Anthony holds a First Class Honours Degree in Three Dimensional Design and the History of Art, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Designers. He has also carried out work for a number of institutions including: UCE Birmingham and the University of Bath.


Nick Skyrme
Consultant Financial Systems and Planning

Nick has been working at Weston College in a part-time/advisory capacity since January 2010 with a remit embracing Finance, Estates and Planning.

Nick has been involved at a senior level in the FE sector since 1985 and has been prominent in developing and implementing Property Strategies, Financial Plans, Merger and Governance at two colleges in the South West. Both colleges have an excellent track record of academic and financial achievement.

Nick enjoys all aspects of the countryside; having a wide range of sporting interests as both player and spectator and is a follower of Somerset County Cricket Club and is a keen concert-goer.

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