Di has worked in the Further Education sector for 29 years and previously worked in education as a secondary school teacher of French, German and Spanish. Wiltshire College is Diâ€™s sixth college and second as Principal. With a strong track record in turn-around assignments, Di has significant experience in Quality Improvement. She has been a regional and UK Assessor on the EFQM UK Excellence Awards, an Ofsted Inspector of secondary schools and an Associate Inspector in the Further Education sector.
Di graduated from Lancaster University, pursued a teaching qualification at Warwick University and then completed a Masters in Contemporary European Politics at Aston University. She remains keenly interested in links with Europe, and European education systems. She is currently undertaking doctoral research into the 14-19 phase and has experienced first-hand commitment in Europe to vocational education, training and apprenticeships.
Throughout her career in the FE sector, Di has been a keen promoter of skills and practical and applied programmes of study at all levels. She is a member of the AoC National Sustainable Development Portfolio Group and Quality Improvement Portfolio Group, chairs the AoC SW Region Sustainable Development and Estates Network Group, Vice chair of AoC South West Regional Committee and a board member of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges.
Rob has worked at Wiltshire College since May 2009 and took up his current role in November 2010. Rob has an MSc in Education and Training Management from the University of Portsmouth, a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Institute of Education (University of London) and is a Fellow of the Institute for Learning and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Robert is also studying for a Doctorate of Education from the University of Winchester, with research interests in 14-19 curriculum policy and reform and the impact of alternative Key Stage 4 provision on achievement and progression.
Rob has held a number of senior management and teaching positions in colleges of further education in London before relocating to Hampshire. Outside of work and study, Rob enjoys sailing around the British coast (as well as in warmer climates).
Wiltshire College is committed to quality and was identified by the UK Government as a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CofVE)