Senior Leaders

Mr L Barber

Principal & Chief Executive

Email: lbarber@utcw.co.uk

As Principal & Chief Executive of UTC Warrington, I have worked with employers to design a bespoke curriculum for 14-19 year olds, alongside engaging local businesses to invest their time and resources in supporting our young people. Since then, we have gone on to deliver specialist pathways in science, engineering and technology and our alumni have secured high quality destinations - apprenticeships, employment and university.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Formerly the Principal of a 14-19 Studio School;
Previously Assistant Headteacher in 11-19 school in Salford, specialising in IT and partnership work with industry
Started career as ICT and PE teacher, becoming Head of Department before senior leadership

Do you have interests outside of work?
I am a keen mountaineer and cyclist and have volunteered as a Mountain Leader with the Duke of Edinburgh Award. As a former Commissioned RAF VR(T) Officer, I have used this passion to set up the UTC's cadet force. I also coach football and enjoy spending time with my two children.

Mrs A Downing

Vice Principal

Email: adowning@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
University of Hull – BA(Hons) English Language and Literature.
University of Warwick – PGCE English and Drama.

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I enjoy working with our students to ensure that the curriculum and their experiences are relevant and engaging, then seeing the wonderful things that they go on to achieve.

What are your key areas of expertise?
In my role I am responsible for student outcomes – this includes overseeing the development of teaching and learning, staff CPD and the personal development and welfare of students. I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and therefore I oversee the safeguarding and welfare of all of our students.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I have three young children who keep me busy and I enjoy practising yoga.

Mr J Varey

Assistant Principal: Curriculum / Head of Year 11

Email: jvarey@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
Manchester Metropolitan University - BA (Hons) Secondary Education in Physical Education and Life Science with QTS.

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I enjoy working with students across the college to develop their personal skills, including leadership and resilience. By working with employers, I thrive on seeing real life and meaningful projects come to life and our students being inspired. It is also important to me that I deliver guidance sessions to students so that they can make the right choice about where their destination is after the UTC.

What are your key areas of expertise?
UCAS training
Personal Statements and CV writing
Work Experience
Employer-led Projects

Do you have interests outside of work?
I lead a very active and sporting lifestyle. I am a keen sportsman and I have taken on many fundraising challenges, including lots of marathons and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. When the opportunity arises, I also enjoy SCUBA diving and skiing.

Mr P Rigby

Assistant Principal: Inclusion / Head of Year 10 / Exams

Email: prigby@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
Lancaster University - BSC (Hons) Sports Science – 2:1

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I enjoy working with all of the students and seeing them connect with employers and businesses to develop their own skills. Our professional culture is reflected in our policies on behaviour which encourage students to make the right decisions in line with workplace conduct.

What are your key areas of expertise?
I have been responsible for implementing the UTC's behaviour policy and ensuring the key messages and values are understood by staff and students. I’ve also been teaching PE for twenty years and I’ve been involved in pastoral roles within schools for the last ten.

Do you have interests outside of work?
Family, Football and Cooking!

Mr M O'Donoghue

Assistant Principal: Operations

Email: modonoghue@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University.
PGCE in Secondary Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
Working with a team of committed colleagues who all have the same goal to produce a stream of technically qualified young people for the Warrington area.

What are your key areas of expertise?
I worked in industry before teaching as a manufacturing engineer in the electronics sector. I also have a good knowledge of manufacturing techniques, CAD and financial planning in business. I am also an examiner for A level and GCSE Physics.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I enjoy cycling, mountain walking and I am currently learning to play the piano.

Mr C Hatherall

Assistant Principal: Head of 6th Form / Employability

Email: chatherall@utcw.co.uk

Engineering

Mrs D Owen

Faculty Leader for Engineering

Email: dowen@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
M.Sc (Eng) Product Design and Management.
BA (Hons) Product Design and Visual Studies.
PGCE in Design Technology.

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I enjoy the opportunity to work with a wide range of students with different backgrounds and needs, assisting students to progress academically and socially as they develop to become adults.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Prior to re-training as a teacher I worked as a Design Engineer in various companies designing medical housing for hospitals and paramedic services, airport runway and motorway lighting Engineer and CAD technician.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I love cooking, sewing, scuba diving, fitness training at home, spending time with family and socialising.

Miss N Graham

Assistant Faculty Leader for Engineering

Email: ngraham@utcw.co.uk

Mr P Brooks

Teacher of Construction

Email: pbrooks@utcw.co.uk

Mr C Hatherall

Assistant Principal: Head of 6th Form / Employability

Email: chatherall@utcw.co.uk

Science

Mr D Pownall

Faculty Leader for Science

Email: dpownall@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
University of Wales Aberystwyth – BSc Zoology Hons (2:1)
University of Wales Aberystwyth – MSc Computer science

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I enjoy the opportunities to deliver highly technical course content to students and to see their understanding of this grow. I also enjoy the opportunities we have linked to external organisations and how these can enrich our curriculum.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Programming in Python and Java
Database development
Network development and administration including computer architecture
Prince2 project management
ITIL service management

Mr D Twist

Assistant Faculty Leader for Science

Email: dtwist@utcw.co.uk

Mrs A Okeya

Teacher of Science

Email: aokeya@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
University of Lagos, Nigeria: Diploma in Pharmaceutical science
University of East London: BSc (Hons) Pharmacology
University of Liverpool: MRes Biomedical science
University of Chester: PGCE Chemistry with Science

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I love the fact that UTC is not just a school which focuses on the academic side, but it also equips the pupils with the skills to survive in the real world. I also enjoy opportunities to explore my curriculum opportunities with the UTC partners companies which provides the pupils with first hand opportunity with employers.

What are your key areas of expertise?
I have a very vast knowledge in biology and chemistry, this is deeply rooted in my educational background from secondary all through university. Also, before going into teaching I have worked in a pharmaceutical industry where my role was in the drug research department. This ties in very well with some of the most of the units in applied science that I would be teaching. My work with the youth has made my role as a PAT tutor come naturally to me, as I can listen to the needs of my pupils and direct them to the help needed or give career advice for their future.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I enjoy learning about different cultures and food, which I infuse into my own cooking. I make outfits using African fabrics. I volunteer every Sunday to work with the youth in my church. My work with the youth involves career advice, helping with emotional, physical wellbeing.

Mrs P Lewis

Teacher of Science

Email: plewis@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
University of Liverpool.
B.Eng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
Every day is different. I love the “light bulb” moments, when a pupil realises they fully understand the topic. I enjoy watching the pupil’s transition as they get ready for the workplace.

What are your key areas of expertise?
I’ve been teaching science, with a particular emphasis on Physics, for over 20 years. My key area of expertise is developing pupil’s confidence so they feel more able to tackle the challenging aspect of the curriculum.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I like to travel to different countries to experience a variety of cultures. I’m a season ticket holder for Widnes Wild Ice-hockey. I also enjoy going to the theatre, music concerts and the cinema.

Maths

Mrs S Rice

Assistant Faculty Leader for Maths

Email: srice@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
Edge Hill University, BSc (Hons)Mathematics with QTS - First Class Honours

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
The hard work and dedication of both staff and students.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Before I started teaching I worked as a Post office Counter Clerk and as a secretary in a Solicitors. At the UTC, I now teach GCSE Mathematics, Core maths and BTEC Engineering.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I like attend the gym and do boot camp, go swimming and watch my favourite football team Liverpool F.C.

Culture

Mr C Gee

Faculty Leader: Culture / Teacher of Cyber

Email: cgee@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
MMU – PGCE – Business and ICT
LJMU – BA Hons – Business and Economics

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I feel that the students know they are well looked after pastorally after having mixed experiences at other schools during years 7-9. I am proud of the way the students mature during Year 10 and 11 to become work ready. I also enjoy overseeing the SMSC programme, including the drop down days.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Having worked in investment banking for 3 years I understand what it is like to work in an office and feel I can advise students as a result. This helps bring Business Studies and ICT to life!

Do you have any interests outside of work?
Football(Crystal Palace, Cricket and trying to keep fit.

Mrs J Rigby

Teacher of Geography

Email: jrigby@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
Manchester Metropolitan University - Geography BsC (Hons) First Class

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I love seeing how the study of Geography links into our specialist curriculum here at UTC Warrington. Whether it is evaluating the effectiveness of flood and coastal defenses, designing hazard proof buildings or investigating the challenge of sustainable resource use. It is so rewarding to help students see the destinations that the study of geography can take them.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Geography is such as wide range and varied subject and I thoroughly enjoy all aspects. I do have a particular interest in human geography and themes such as poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I love spending time with my young family. We are members of the National Trust and spend as much time as possible outside. I also enjoy cooking, going to gym and gardening.

Mrs K Pattullo

Teacher of Art

Email: kpattullo@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
Chester College – Art Foundation
UCE Birmingham – Degree in Fine Art
MMU – PGCE Art and Design
JMU – Master’s Degree Fine Art
Edge Hill – National SENCO Award

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I really believe in the UTC model and am proud to be part of a team establishing such opportunities in Warrington. I am committed to supporting our students with additional learning needs and delighted when we see all our students smiling and achieving their potential. I am passionate about how important creativity is within STEM based learning.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Prior to teaching I worked for several years as an Art Director and TV Production designer in TV and Film Industry.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I love spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen walker and love being out and about in the countryside. In the summer myself and three friends are walking a marathon for Macmillan nurses.

Mrs A Downing

Vice Principal

Email: adowning@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
University of Hull – BA(Hons) English Language and Literature.
University of Warwick – PGCE English and Drama.

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I enjoy working with our students to ensure that the curriculum and their experiences are relevant and engaging, then seeing the wonderful things that they go on to achieve.

What are your key areas of expertise?
In my role I am responsible for student outcomes – this includes overseeing the development of teaching and learning, staff CPD and the personal development and welfare of students. I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and therefore I oversee the safeguarding and welfare of all of our students.

Do you have interests outside of work?
I have three young children who keep me busy and I enjoy practising yoga.

Inclusion

Mrs J Chilton

Safeguarding Manager

Email: jchilton@utcw.co.uk

Mr A Johnson

Pastoral Manager

Email: ajohnson@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
Edge Hill University
Undergraduate: BA (Hons) in Physical Education and School Sport
Postgraduate: Master’s Degree by Research in Sports Sociology

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
The small size of the school creates a ‘family’ environment for staff and students. This helps create an atmosphere where students feel comfortable, safe and can achieve their best.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Behaviour
Safeguarding
Holistic development

Do you have interests outside of work?
Family, Football and Judo.

Mrs S Lee

SENDCo

Email: slee@utcw.co.uk

Mr D Alboreto

6th Form Learning Mentor

Email: dalboreto@utcw.co.uk

Mrs H Bradford

Student Support

Email: hbradford@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
University of Derby - Creative Expressive Therapies

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
Seeing the achievements of our students and supporting the faculties across the college.

What are your key areas of expertise?
Art
Autism
Education

Do you have interests outside of work?
Art, Music and watching movies.

Business Support

Miss M Ward

Business Director

Email: mward@utcw.co.uk

Miss T Fabian

Executive Assistant

Email: tfabian@utcw.co.uk

Mrs L Devine

Business & Finance Assistant

Email: ldevine@utcw.co.uk

Mr J Baird

Site Manager

Email: jbaird@utcw.co.uk

Mrs C Rimmer

Receptionist

Email: crimmer@utcw.co.uk

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
Welcoming visitors, parents, stakeholders to the college. Engaging with students and helping (in some part) to resolve any issues they may present with at Reception.

What are your key areas of expertise?
I am responsible for welcoming visitors to UTCW by greeting them either in person or on the phone, initially dealing with college related queries before passing them on to the relevant members of staff. I ensure that the visitor management process is followed as per UTCW safeguarding procedures by monitoring Entry Sign and issuing visitor badges accordingly. Managing the Reprographics service for the college.

Do you have interests outside of work?
Cooking and gardening.

Mr D Beggs

Caretaker / CCF SSI

Email: dbeggs@utcw.co.uk

Qualifications
Army Military College, Harrogate.

What do you enjoy most about working at UTC Warrington?
I enjoy assisting our students where and when necessary in achieving their goals. Through the CCF, I see our student cadets develop their personal attributes such as excellent leadership.

What are your key areas of expertise?
All military training and all aspects of solidering.
Communications (specialised in satellite, radio and data communications) and logistics.

Do you have interests outside of work?
Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

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