Karen Mitchell — Principal and Chief Executive
Karen is the Principal and Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire College Group. Karen has a strong leadership and management background in Further Education holding a number of senior positions including Vice Principal and Director of Quality. Prior to her time in Further Education Karen worked as a nurse practitioner and manager for 17 years in the Health Service.
Karen is a passionate supporter of inclusive learning in Vocational Education and Training. Her focus is on leading an outstanding student experience which prepares students of all ages and abilities to realise their ambition and achieve long-term success in work and life. She strongly believes that Further Education should be at the heart of the community, transforming lives and driving economic and social success.
Karen is a Board member of the Bucks UTC, Bucks Education, Skills and Training (BEST) and the Bucks Thames Valley LEP Skills and Employability Board. She is a trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation and is Vice Chair for Youth Concern. Karen is also a leadership mentor and coach. Karen holds a range of teaching and coaching qualifications as well as a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management.
Fiona Morey — Deputy Principal Learning and Quality
Having worked in Further Education for over 25 years Fiona has a strong understanding of the sector across a wide range of provision. Fiona began her career in Further Education as a lecturer in the Creative Arts at Amersham and Wycombe College. Over the last 25 years Fiona has worked in a number of colleges including Abingdon and Witney and Oxford College.
Most recently Fiona’s work has focussed on developing a vocational curriculum that is highly responsive to local and national skills priorities supporting students in developing and realising their ambitions for successful futures. Fiona has worked on a number of research initiatives including work with the Behavioural Insights team, project based learning and led an Education and Training Foundation funded leadership and management project supporting engagement between employers and college managers. Fiona has contributed to the JISC Digital Leaders programme and presented at a number of national conferences on curriculum development and innovation.
Most recently Fiona was invited to participate in a Gatsby Foundation visit to Denmark to see first-hand how government, employers and colleges work together on their vocational skills training.
Tim Keighley — Executive Director of Engagement and Business Development
Following a career in the leisure industry where Tim owned his own business, he began his career in Further Education (FE) teaching adult returners Maths. Tim’s 20 years’ experience in FE covers all levels of vocational and work based learning programmes as well as Apprenticeships. He is very passionate about work placed training and is able to understand business needs though the experience of owning his own business. Tim will be focused on developing a work based curriculum that meets the FE agenda and the needs of local businesses, including bespoke training courses, legislative training and work placed learning including Apprenticeships and Traineeships
John McGrath — Vice Principal Corporate Services
John joined the College in 2014, initially as the Director of Finance. Prior to this John spent 20 years in the private sector, the last 10 years with Babcock International Group. Much of this time was spent working with the public sector, including an educational improvement business.
John is a qualified accountant and his background includes a significant amount of commercial finance and change management.
Clare Rooney — Executive Director for Student Outcomes and Quality
Clare began her vocational career as an Aylesbury College student and studied a 2-year Apprenticeship in hairdressing. Clare has worked at the College for 18 years following a successful career within the hairdressing and beauty therapy industries. Her passion within her quality role is to provide all students across all curriculum areas with a high quality, inspirational teaching and learning experience. Clare has previously worked as an inspector for Ofsted, holds a post 16 teaching degree and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management.
Teresa Stroud — Executive Director Student Support Services
Teresa’s early career was within the Childcare sector with a particular interest in how educators perceive and value young boys’ boisterous play. Teresa then took a step into FE starting with assessing childcare apprentices and moving into teaching on all levels of childcare courses including the Early Years Foundation Degree. Teresa has now worked in the FE sector for 15 years starting her FE carer at Aylesbury College, moving onto Uxbridge College and then returning to Aylesbury College in 2010 in her first management role. Since 2010 Teresa has managed most curriculum teams within Aylesbury College and her enthusiasm for supporting young people drives her work ethic. With the introduction of Study Programmes for 16- 18 year olds, Teresa led a whole college initiative and her GREAT Ambitions programme with an emphasis on developing a positive growth mind-set is embedded into the college culture.
Alison Muggridge — Executive Director of Special Projects, Creative, Digital and Business
Alison has had an extensive career in education working in private learning providers, awarding bodies and further education. Her career started as a teacher in business and IT and she quickly progressed into management and in more recent years has held senior management positions in a number of colleges. Alison is also an Associate Ofsted Inspector which compliments her work on developing and improving the learning experience for students. Alison is passionate about vocational education and improving the lives of young people by offering them options and pathways to training, employment or higher education.
Isobel Ellison — Executive Director Human Resources
Isobel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her first degree was from Leeds University, she also holds a post-graduate diploma in Personnel Management from Nottingham Business Schools as well as an MA in Human Resources Management from Oxford Brookes University. In addition, Isobel brings educational skills gained from being an Associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University Business School, Associate Member of Quality Service Improvement and Redesign from NHS Innovation and is an Enterprise Advisor to schools via the Thames Valley LEP.
Isobel’s work history started, in the private sector, at Acordis before moving to Oxford Brookes University as an HR Manager. Since then she has worked at Buckinghamshire County Council, evolving to Strategic Business Partner for Communities, Health and Adult Social Care. In this role she was responsible for the delivery of workforce strategy, change programmes and the HR leadership of over 1000 employees.