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Meet the Corporate Team


Dr Paul Phillips OBE
Principal and Chief Executive

Dr 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 achieving Ofsted 'outstanding' in 2013 and being named 'College of the Year' and 'Overall FE Provider of the Year' at the 2015 TES awards.

Dr 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 £50 million.

Dr Paul is involved in many projects within the community including being a Governor at Herons' Moor Academy, a board member of the North Somerset Partnership and a non-executive member of the Primary Care Trust. Dr 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 Dr 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.

Dr 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.


Dave Trounce at Weston College

Dave Trounce
Senior Vice Principal - Teaching and Learning

Dave Trounce's 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.


Karen Phillips
Senior Vice Principal

Karen joined Weston College in January 2016, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience in the education, law and local Government sectors.

Most recently, she was Deputy Principal and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Coleg y Cymoedd in Wales, where she oversaw the development of a new £40 million campus, which opened in 2012, and project managed a merger with a similar-sized Further Education college the following year. This resulted in an educational establishment which had a £25 million annual turnover becoming one with a turnover of more than £40 million.

Prior to that, Karen worked for a commercial law firm for 12 years, rising from Practice Manager to Chief Executive, during which time she also studied for an MSc in Human Resources Management.

Her working life started in 1983, when she joined her local authority, taking up various roles in administration, social services, land and buildings and emergency planning. She left in 1991 to join the University of Glamorgan where she stayed until joining the law firm in 1996.

At Weston College, Karen will be in charge of oversight of all the external facing aspects of the College.


Jacqui Ford
Vice Principal - Partnership and Community

Jacqui has led teams at various levels for the NHS as well as being a highly experienced teacher across curriculum areas from entry level right through to degree students. She delivered both regional and national systems of support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, and has taken the lead in setting-up programmes and courses for 400 full and part-time Key stage 4 students (years 10 and 11) within Further Education. Currently, Jacqui is arranging collaborations with local schools, the Local Authority, employers, and universities, and has been helping develop new models of learning, as well as championing the STEM agenda. Jacqui is also the acting Chief Executive of the Inspirational Futures Trust.


Linda Burlison
Senior Assistant Principal - Infrastructure and Marketing

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 Weston College 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
Senior Assistant Principal - Students and Staffing

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
Senior Operating Officer

Marcus joined the College in 2009. 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
Senior Assistant Principal - 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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