Senior Leadership Team

Our senior leadership team each bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to their role and to the college.   Here are our College Directors at WCG.

Angela Joyce

Angela joyce

Group Principal and CEO

college director - moreton morell college

ajoyce@warwickshire.ac.uk

Angela joined the group in April 2015 from her role as Principal and Chief Executive of Peterborough Regional College.

As the Principal and Chief Executive at Peterborough Regional College, Angela led the transformation of the Cambridgeshire based college since her appointment to the post in 2010. As the then youngest further education college principal in the country, she was noted in the college’s latest Ofsted report as having "had a profound impact" since her appointment in successfully raising the college’s ambition; establishing an ethos of continuous improvement and creating a strong and determined focus on improving learners’ outcomes.

Other notable achievements whilst at Peterborough include the operation of a Joint Venture Company to create a University Centre to grow higher education; the development of a profitable learning company subsidiary; the college becoming an approved academy sponsor; a marked increase in college success rates and; the college being rated as consistently ‘outstanding’ for financial health by the SFA.

Ms Joyce also led a range of innovative external projects working with a range of regional employers which included Caterpillar Perkins and partnering Anglian Water in leading the development of a University Technical College.

   
Roger Bevan

Roger Bevan

GROUP deputy principal, corporate services

college director - Henley-in-arden and royal leamington spa college

rbevan@warwickshire.ac.uk

Roger is an experienced finance professional, whose career is notable for its strong operational/performance focus, its high level of strategic engagement, for significant change management expertise in large complex businesses, a breadth of experiences and with a truly international exposure.

He worked for his last employer, Coats plc (a $1.7bn turnover group, operating in 70 plus countries) for twenty years and held key positions in a business undergoing massive change and challenge. This included handling both rapid growth units in emerging markets, as well as downsizing in developed markets. The business over this period went from being a largely UK based diversified conglomerate, into a global and focussed business, with a totally redefined geographic footprint and with less than 2% of its current activities in the UK. He held a number of key line and corporate roles during this period, all directly involved in both developing and implementing this transformation.

In the last 8 years as the group CFO, he also handled the change from plc status, through to private equity ownership (GPG investment group), and back again to the threshold of a new independent listed future.

Roger joined WCG in May 2014 as Group Finance Director, with a particular focus on helping to build a healthy and sustainable financial future for the group and its people.

   
andrew cropley

aNDREW CROPLEY

GROUP deputy PRINCIPAL, further and higher education

college director - RUGBY

acropley@warwickshire.ac.uk

Before joining WCG in 2016, Andrew Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development at The Sheffield College and Chair of the UTC Sheffield Governing Body and Academy Trust.

As the Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development at The Sheffield College, Andrew led the college’s response to policy changes and challenges, developed new streams of income, achieved rapid and sustainable growth in apprenticeships, managed the college’s reputation with stakeholders and positioned the college as a “thought leader” in response to developing Government policy.

Andrew led on the opening of a new, employer led university technical college (UTC) for 14-19 year olds in Sheffield in partnership with businesses and universities.

Prior to his role as Executive Director for Strategic Planning, Andrew was Local College Principal and Executive Director at The Sheffield College for three years.

Before joining The Sheffield College Andrew served for 21 years in the Royal Navy in a variety of roles.

Andrew was also Chair of Don Valley UTC Academy Trust and Governor Sheffield Inclusion Centre.

   
   
Peter Husband

PETER HUSBAND

GROUP VICE PRINCIPAL, Apprenticeships & INNOVATION

college director - warwick trident college

phusband@warwickshire.ac.uk  

Peter has been working in further education for the last 19 years. He started his career as an Engineering lecturer at Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology before moving to WCG in 1996. Peter progressed to Programme Area Manager for Engineering in 1998, Director of Strategic Developments in 2001 and became a Vice Principal in 2003.

Peter has been extremely fortunate to be part of some exciting times at WCG including mergers and several new sites being built and feels privileged to be part of the group’s development into an entrepreneurial college group.

 

   
Helen Kinghorn

Helen Kinghorn

GROUP VICE PRINCIPAL - TEACHING, LEARNING AND QUALITY

college director - evesham college

hkinghorn@warwickshire.ac.uk

Helen joined the Further Education Sector in 1992. Prior to this she was working in conference and event management in the hotel industry. Her training commenced at the five-star Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland before she returned to London to work with the Radisson-Edwardian Hotel Group.

Helen worked at Southend College as a part-time lecturer, then North East Worcestershire College (Redditch and Bromsgrove) as a lecturer progressing through a series of roles to Programme Area Manager before joining Warwickshire College Group in February 2007 as Quality Curriculum Manager.

In her current role, Helen is a member of the quality team and is responsible for improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across all six colleges. She is responsible for a number of cross-college functions and the New Opportunities academy.

Sharon Bell

sharon bell

Group vice Principal - Commercial & International

college director - pershore College and Malvern hills college

Sharon had been working in the Higher Education sector for four years, before joining WCG in 2016. Her previous role as Associate Director within the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Nottingham, focussed on developing strategic relationships with employers both in the UK and globally - and ensuring that students were leaving University with the skills sought after in the workplace.

Prior to working in education, Sharon trained as a Chartered Accountant and then worked in the aviation and airport sectors, most recently with the Manchester Airports Group. Originally a Divisional Financial Controller she then undertook a series of project based roles in Group Strategy and Group Learning and Development. It was a two year secondment to Graduate Recruitment and Development which prompted the interest and move into the education sector.


In her current role, Sharon is responsible for developing the commercial activities of WCG and increasing the profile of the College overseas. Sharon is also the College Director for Malvern Hills and Pershore Colleges.