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.

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.



Kelly Fox – Teaching and Learning Team

Kelly has travelled the world from the comfort of her chair.  As an avid reader and English teacher, Kelly hopes to inspire and take students on those travels and instil in them a love of English.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Julian Mably – Art Psychotherapist

Julian is a trained and accredited Art Psychotherapist that works with students 1-1.

Kevin Fennelly – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant)

Kevin is an experienced Rugby coach and SEND teacher and puts our students through their paces.

Emily Ulley – Administrator and 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.

Adam Jagger – Teaching and Learning Team (Teaching Assistant)

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.

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.

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