Meet The Team

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.

Jeanette Seagrave – Executive Assistant

With a wealth of experience of over 25 years in the education sector, Jeanette brings with her the knowledge and expertise to support the Board of Directors in the operational aspects of College. Behind every good woman, there is another good woman!

Sean Glossop – SENDCO and Teaching and Learning Team

Sean is an experience 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!

Taryn Rhodes – Teaching and Learning Team

Taryn specialises in Post 16 education with a background in Performing Arts. Taryn also creates bespoke learning packages alongside the rest of the teaching and learning team and is looking to produce a performance with our students in the summer term – so watch this space.

Andy Markham – Teaching and Learning Team

Andy has a wealth of experience in secondary education, he has taught across languages and maths departments. Andy has a degree in Russian, so he is ready to stretch and challenge our students, not just in English!

Kevin Fennelly – Teaching and Learning Team

Kevin brings with him a breadth of knowledge and experience teaching children and young people from a range of age and stages, specialising in English. Kevin has also taught for the National Autistic Society offering mentoring, support and curriculum development. Most recently Kevin has been working as a Rugby Development Officer for England Rugby.

Michael Peebles – Business Development Director

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.

Clair Tucker – Employability Mentor

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.

Lindsey Platts – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant and Inclusion Co-Ordinator)

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.

Rachel Stevenson – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant)

Rachel joined the team in June 2020 following a career in retail and will be using her knowledge of work and employability skills to motivate our learners and prepare them for the world of work.

Rachel is a First Aider.

Zoe Michael – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant)

Zoe is an experienced outdoor education leader from years at Kingswood Activity Centre. You can find Zoe abseiling, climbing and out in the wild developing her bush craft skills.

Emily Ulley – Administrator and Teaching and Learning Team

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.

Tim Watkins – Site Supervisor

Tim has worked across large secondary schools in Doncaster in his role as Senior Building Technician and he will be bringing those skills along with those gained from his time in Humberside Police to ensure that our site and wider facilities are kept to our high standard. Tim will also be working with groups of young people on our continued Forest School project with Saltersgate Infant School.

Tony Hirst – Director

Tony has lived and worked in Doncaster all his life, working in one of Doncaster’s longest established manufacturers for over 50 years. 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.

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