Gemma Peebles – Principal / CEO

Gemma has over a decade of experience working in Post-16 education, both in teaching and senior leadership. She has specialised in school improvement and improving outcomes for young people. In her last 3 posts she has taken the provision successfully to Ofsted ‘Good’. Gemma is a Business and Enterprise specialist with a BA in Accounting and Financial Management and Business Studies.

Her mantra ‘tell me what you want to achieve and we will make it happen.’

Gemma is Careers Lead and also Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Gail Stonier – Chief Operating Officer

Gail has over 20 years of experience working in Post 16 provision and has successfully set up new sixth forms and various provision in Further Education Colleges and Technical environments. Her executive responsibilities at Trust level have included safeguarding, SEN, health and well-being and governance. As a senior leader for over 15 years, Gail has effectively supported school improvement and concentrated on creating cultures which build strong, positive and supportive relationships where the students education revolves around their moral, social and emotional character growth alongside pursuing qualifications and learning that is central and purposeful to them being able to lead fulfilling future lives.

Gail is the Executive Director linked to Safeguarding and SENDCO.

Buzz – The Therapy Dog

Buzz is our most loved and excitable member of the team. He is on hand to take students on a walk when they need a sensory break or just to gain confidence in the local community.

Michael Peebles – Chief Commercial Officer

Michael has spent 20 years working in the commercial sector of sport and retail, building a valuable network of businesses that he will use to support the students in sourcing internships. Building the Harrison College brand and communicating this to stakeholders will be key to Michael’s role.

Rebecca Barber - Assistant Principal & Careers Lead

Becky has joined the team as a qualified Careers Lead, ready to advise and educate our young people on their careers. She will always be on hand to guide them through the career development plans and prepare them for their internship.

Colette Blunt - Business Development Executive

Colette has joined the team with a wealth of knowledge and experience from the world of commerce that she is ready to share with our students to prepare them for the real world of work and employment. She will be working alongside the Chief Commercial Officer to maintain business relationships and strengthen partnerships.

Dean Cook – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant)

Dean has worked across secondary schools in China, working with a range of young people covering subjects from English, Art, Photography and Journalism. Dean has also worked as part of the horticulture and grounds keeping teams at large establishments such as Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Harewood House. Dean will be working with groups of young people on our continued Forest School project with Saltersgate Infant School.

Laura Cooper – Teaching and Learning Team

As a passionate linguist, Laura has joined the team to work with our students to further their literacy skills and prepare them for work, using the relevant skills needed for such things as report writing and email composition.

Sean Glossop – SENDCO and Teaching and Learning Team

Sean is an experienced Further Education teacher who has specialised in SEND from early in his career. Sean is passionate about ensuring the provision is right for all learners and that opportunities are open to all. In Sean’s spare time you will find him coaching junior football so a Harrison College team could be on the cards!

Lorna Hadwin - Guest - Teacher

Personal Development, Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem have been the focus of Lorna’s career for over a decade in her role as a teacher of Drama and pastoral leader. She will be putting her expertise into leading our personal development and PSHE curriculum.

Tony Hirst – Director

Tony comes to the College from the manufacturing sector where he managed the procurement budget for one of the largest manufacturing companies in Doncaster. Tony is working with the College to ensure that students and parents receive the best value for money and that spending is kept to budget.

Megan Livsey - Receptionist and Administrator

A friendly face, a wealth of information on Harrison College and the voice at the end of the telephone, Megan is the first person you will meet when you come to Harrison College.

Georgina Mare - Teacher

Georgina specialises in the teaching and learning of Maths. She makes the functional maths curriculum accessible and changes young people’s perceptions of maths and often gets our students to enjoy learning maths for the first time.

Jade McKenzie - Teaching Assistant

Jade has worked in a range of sectors including Sports Coaching, Health Mentor, the Police Force and Education. Jade will be using all of her skills to develop our students’ employability skills in our internal internships and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Lindsey Platts – Personal Development and Welfare Lead

Lindsey believes it is important for the students to gain as much independence as possible to make them more self-sufficient and less vulnerable in life. She has over 7 years experience working with and supporting young people to achieve their potential.

Elaine Pollard – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant)

Elaine has worked in secondary schools all of her career and has specialised in Drama and Theatre Arts. Elaine is bringing these skills to our PSHE and Personal Development curriculum and to engage our students in some role play to prepare them for ‘boardroom’ like situations.

Chris Reid – Personal Development and Behaviour Lead

Chris is currently competing a Masters in SEND and is keen to support our young people to be the best they can be and exceed expectations. Chris has a wealth of experience from a range of education provisions and is ready to guide our young people into adulthood.

Jessica Scholes – Senior Business Adminstrator

Jessica is caring, sensitive and no stranger to ensuring confidentiality. Jessica is joining us from the public sector and will be on hand on reception to answer any questions and also greet you with a friendly smile.

Clair Tucker – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant)

An asset to the College, Clair has years of experience as a senior leader in education, she has also worked in various local businesses and now wants to support our students in their internships and preparing them for the workplace.

Emily Ulley – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant)

When you need a smiling face first thing in a morning, look no further than our Administrator/ Receptionist Emily. Emily is also working as part of the Teaching and Learning team working 1-1 with learners and ensuring that they have focus in their independent learning sessions.

Steve Woodcock – Teaching and Learning Team

Steve is an experience further education teacher and is no stranger to developing interactive platforms to further students’ learning. Steve will be delivering our IT and numeracy skills for the workplace, preparing our young people for adulthood.

If you would like to join our team please have a look at our current vacancies.