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Principalship

Meet the leadership team at Yeovil College. Along with the Corporation, it is their role to ensure that Yeovil College delivers an appropriate, quality and innovative curriculum, which not only achieves strong employability skills and knowledge, but meets the immediate and future needs of industry, business and local employers.

The team will lead the College on a strategic journey; investing significant resources in teaching and learning, as well as challenging the educational landscape in Somerset and Dorset.

Mark Bolton

CEO & Principal

Mark Bolton

CEO & Principal

Mark joined Yeovil College as Director of Employer Engagement in November 2015. Prior to this, he studied at De Montfort University where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1993, Mark then worked as a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer until 2007. Mark began teaching Graphic Design in 1995 in the North East of England and continued to develop his work in the sector over the following years until he was promoted to Head of Creative Industries in 2003.

Mark joined the senior team at Northumberland College in the North East with a focus on teaching and learning and working with the business community over the next few years until he joined the Principalship team as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and then subsequently for Apprenticeships and Business Development. Mark continued with the same focus at Yeovil College, from 2015, where he led the strategic direction of our curriculum and engagement with our business community.

Mark has been Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality at Yeovil College since March 2018 and leads on all teaching related responsibilities. He took on the role of CEO & Principal in October 2019.

Mark believes passionately in the life changing opportunities provided by the Further Education sector and is committed to developing the workforce of the community Yeovil College serves for the prosperity of the whole of South Somerset and Dorset.

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Emma Cox

Vice Principal

Emma Cox

Vice Principal

Emma was born in London but her family moved to Devon where she went to Torquay Grammar School for Girls. She left school with 2 A levels and moved back to London in the early 1990s to be a rock star. To pay the bills, she took a job at Midland Bank in the City, successfully gaining a place on their graduate training scheme. During this period she worked in various placements throughout the bank and passed her accountancy exams. She is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) with over 20 years’ post qualified experience, having worked in manufacturing and telecommunications in Paignton, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Ottawa and Sydney.

Her experience in Further Education started in 2002 at South Devon College in Paignton, shortly after the College had been graded unsatisfactory. She spent the first 6 years as the Financial Controller, being promoted to Finance Manager in 2008, and she was part of the team that successfully brought the College to its outstanding Ofsted grade.

She has been Vice Principal at Yeovil College since January 2015, with a focus on improving the financial health of the college, whilst balancing that with providing excellent facilities and resources for it’s learners.

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Steve Chattell

Vice Principal

Steve Chattell

Vice Principal

Steve joined Yeovil College as HR Manager in 2008. He went to Brighton University where he graduated in 1996 with his Degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Steve then joined the graduate trainee scheme with Sainsbury’s where his career progression involved working in stores as a Senior Manager, on regional teams working on project rollouts and at head office developing and rolling out new retail systems. Since joining the College Steve, who is a chartered member of the CIPD has progressed to be our Head of Human Resources and most recently joining the Senior Team as Director of Human Resources and Employer Engagement.
Steve became Vice-Principal of Yeovil College in October 2019.

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Steve Battersby

Director of Curriculum, School Partnerships & Innovation

Steve Battersby

Director of Curriculum, School Partnerships & Innovation

Steve became a Director at Yeovil College in September 2014. As an Apprentice Engineer at BAE Systems, Steve was keen to follow a career in training due to a number of inspirational teachers at both college and within the British Aerospace. Following successful achievement of the Higher National Certificate and all the skill based qualifications; he was approached to do some part-time teaching. He taught on a part-time basis for over eight years, until a full time position became available at the college where he had been a student, Preston College. He started as a Curriculum Manager in September 1999 and completed his Certificate in Education within the next two year; following a number of internal promotions Steve left Preston College in 2005 to take up the Head of Construction post at Bridgwater College. After six months of commuting, his whole family joined him in Somerset, where they now call home. After nine years as Head of Construction Steve left to become a Senior Manager at Yeovil College; leaving behind an outstanding Construction department.

Since starting at Yeovil College Steve has become an Ofsted inspector, helping to raise the standards of Further Education across the South West.

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Donna Short

Director of Curriculum

Donna Short

Director of Curriculum

Donna Short joined Yeovil College in December 2011. She started her career as an Apprentice Hairdresser with a local salon based in Yeovil, quickly working her way up to a Senior Stylist position. Having completed her Level 3 in Advanced Hairdressing and her Assessor’s qualifications, she begun training staff within the salon environment. Donna started her teaching career at a local college and having completed a Diploma in Teaching within the lifelong learning sector, she taught at all levels of Hairdressing. Donna moved to Yeovil College to take up the position of Lecturer and Programme Manager, where she worked alongside the team to develop and enhance the Hairdressing provision before progressing to Curriculum Area Manager in 2014. Donna successfully run the Hair, Beauty and Hospitality curriculum for five years, before being appointed to the senior role of Director of Curriculum in 2019 at Yeovil College.

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Matt Hann

Director of Teaching, Learning and Quality

Matt Hann

Director of Teaching, Learning and Quality

Matt is a senior leader who has worked at Yeovil College for over 10 years. He has managed a large range of subjects and qualifications across all levels. Matt holds a PGCE in Physical Education and completed his Masters in Education through the University of Exeter. Matt's current role at the college is Director or Teaching, Learning and Quality and he holds other external roles that seek to directly enhance post 16 education within the community.

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Paul Sealey

Director of Employer Engagement

Paul Sealey

Director of Employer Engagement

Paul has re-joined Yeovil College as Interim Director of Employer Engagement, having previously worked at the College in an Interim Director role back in 2016/17.
Paul has extensive experience of Apprenticeships, working for several years as a Business Development Manager, account managing a wide variety of blue-chip civil engineering and construction companies. His previous roles in education also include a six year period as Curriculum Area Manager for English & Maths at an Ofsted Outstanding College.
Prior to moving into education Paul spent 15 years in the contact centre industry, managing contact centres for a variety of companies, including BT. He has Post Graduate Diplomas in Marketing and Management from University of the West of England. Paul is excited to be back at Yeovil College and is looking forward to working with everyone to provide a great experience for our students, employers and everyone else associated with the College.

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