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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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Jo Frith-Williams

Vice Principal

Jo Frith-Williams

Vice Principal

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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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