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Gary Owens, Art and Design Lecturer

Gary Owens

Art and Design Lecturer

Like all of the Art staff at West Lancashire College, I am a working artist myself. It is always a pleasure to work with like-minded creative people and to see how their skills and ideas develop over time.

Louise Curran, Art and Design Lecturer

Louise Curran

Art and Design Lecturer

As a multi-disciplinary artist and designer with a background career in film and television costume, I offer students a relevant and realistic insight into working in creative industry. As an educator, I have experience of working with learners of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and beliefs, across a range of artistic disciplines. Effective art and design teaching offers a space which nurtures and challenges the individual and diverse creativity of every student and equips them with the technical skills and confidence to progress in their chosen specialism. I am passionate about what I do and consider it a privilege to play a role in enabling our students to realise their professional and creative potential.

Catherine Shiel, Business Lecturer

Catherine Shiel

Business Lecturer

I feel privileged to work in a sector that is vital in transforming lives. I always aim to provide a learning experience that goes beyond the classroom with 'real world' experiences that encourage innovation, creativity and thinking to equip learners with the skills for success in an ever-changing world.

Ruth Winstanley, Business Lecturer

Ruth Winstanley

Business Lecturer

I have had the privilege of working for West Lancashire College since 2004. I am the course leader for the AAT accountancy qualifications in addition to being a lecturer on the Business courses. I run my own accountancy business and hold the position of management accountant working in industry during the rest of my week. My informed knowledge and experience ensure that students receive specialist and up-to-date teaching of finance and business units. My specialisms are accounting, finance, law, and business decision making.

Jules Halder, Computer Science Lecturer

Jules Halder

Computer Science Lecturer

I have a degree in Web Systems Development and a First Honours Master’s Degree in Cyber Security. I got into teaching to show students that computing isn’t just about how to create Word documents or spreadsheets; it’s much more interesting! I’m here to provide students with the building blocks they need to learn a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours in computing.

Aron Hartley, Computer Science Lecturer


Computer Science Lecturer

Prior to teaching at West Lancashire College, I obtained my Honours Degree and Masters Degree in computing specialising in Games Programming and Visual Computing. I am a lecturer for the BTEC Level 2 and 3 Computing Course, which utilises my specialisms very well. With plenty of programming units to teach and a game specialised unit, I can plan lessons around my own knowledge and pass these on to learners that want to know more. I want to share my passion for programming and computing with students who aren’t sure about computing and think it to be too technical, but I want to highlight to them that with practice and commitment, it can be engaging and fun.

Amanda Maddocks, Curriculum Manager for Construction

Amanda Maddocks

Curriculum Manager for Construction, National Secretary of British Association of Construction Heads

As Curriculum Manager for Construction, I have high expectations for both student and staff. I am passionate about ensuring the learning experience in Construction is the very best it can be, always looking for additional opportunities that students wouldn’t get anywhere else. We create a safe and supportive environment to ensure all learners reach their full potential and progress into the Construction Industry, with support from our network of employer links.

Anthony Dickson, Bricklaying Lecturer

Anthony Dickinson

Bricklaying Lecturer

I have been a lecturer at West Lancashire College for 10 years and prior to working here, I was part of the Construction industry for more than 28 years, where I developed a broader range of knowledge and skills. I am dedicated and knowledgeable college lecturer with a passion for education and a strong commitment to student success. My extensive knowledge base allows me to provide in-depth insights and practical applications to students, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject with adept and design and develop curriculum that align with the needs of my students and the course objectives. I incorporate a variety of teaching methods, such as lectures, interactive discussions, case studies, and hands-on activities, to promote active learning and cater to diverse learning styles.

Alan Finnetty, Bricklaying Lecturer

Alan Finnetty

Bricklaying Lecturer

I am a passionate brickwork lecturer with over 40 years of experience in construction, I have developed a broad range of knowledge and skills building large homes, hospitals, and schools with recognised construction companies. I have extensive experience as a mentor and teacher for a diverse range of students with over 15 years in education for ages ranged 16-18yrs and adult students. I have gained qualifications for tutoring brickwork at levels 1, 2 and 3 diplomas, IQA and Assessing. I have experienced, in further education, broader ranges of teaching to SEN and school groups.

Gary Disley, Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer

Gary Disley

Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer

I started work in the construction industry when I left school as a joiner /carpenter, I completed a three-year apprenticeship where I achieved my city and guilds qualifications followed by my advanced city and guilds. I have worked in the industry since working on various contracts throughout the country. I started education as an onsite assessor working with apprentices on site helping them to achieve their NVQ qualifications and I later moved into full time teaching and have done so for the last fourteen years, teaching full time students and apprentices up to level three.

Lee Moorhouse, Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer

Lee Moorhouse

Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer

As a carpentry & joinery lecturer at West Lancashire College, my main aim is to create tradespeople of the future. With a grand total of 30 years in the trade, I think it’s safe to say that Carpentry & Joinery is my passion. Working as both a Carpenter and a Joiner has taken me all over the British Isles and quite a few different countries throughout Europe, that I doubt I would have ever had the chance to visit. My job gives me the satisfaction of not only doing what I love to do, but also passing on my knowledge and skills, as well as hopefully trying to instil in others the passion I have.

Kerri Clarke, Early Years Education Lecturer

Kerri Clarke

Early Years Education Lecturer

I have great enthusiasm and passion for the Early Years Sector. I have a wealth of first-hand experience that can be passed down to our current students to enable them to succeed as an Early Years Practitioner.

Melloney Watkins, Early Years Education Lecturer


Early Years Education Lecturer

I have worked at West Lancashire college since March 2010 and I’ve been a part of the Early Years and Education sector for many years. I gain great satisfaction in teaching our students and equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to succeed and reach their full potential. I feel privileged to be able to meet such wonderful students and be part of their learning journey, it is incredible to observe how they grow and develop into competent Early Years and Education practitioners.

Anthony Robinson, Curriculum Manager for Engineering

Anthony Robinson

Curriculum Manager for Engineering, Electrical Installation and Motor Vehicle

I have vast automotive industry experience and I've had a number of job roles within the sector, including diagnostic technician and workshop controller with manufacturers, such as Honda, Toyota and Lexus. I joined West Lancashire College in 2007 and have also been part of a team of authors who revised the popular Hillier’s Fundamentals of Automotive Electronics textbook. I am a fully qualified Level 4 Hybrid and EV master technician.

Mike Ashcroft, Engineering Lecturer (1)

Mike Ashcroft

Engineering Lecturer

I am a time served engineer with over 22 years industry experience, working, across Aerospace, Automotive, Oil and Gas and Glass manufacturing sectors. Passionate about getting students to the best possible destinations, I actively interact with local industry to create the best opportunities for our learners. I use my own broad range of experience and industry knowledge to bring learning into a real-life context, sparking interest in students and take pride in developing the next generation of Engineers

Gareth Lloyd, Engineering Lecturer

Gareth Lloyd

Engineering Lecturer

I have worked at West Lancashire College since 2021. I have delivered engineering subjects such as CAD, CNC and Design to BTEC L3 Extended Diploma Full time students and also L3 Apprentices. I also delivered CAD/CAM and Engineering Project to HNC/D students. Prior to teaching, I was a time served skills toolmaker, which involved machining techniques including Milling, Turning and Cylindrical/Surface grinding. I also worked extensively on the manufacture, maintenance and modification of Power Press tools.

John Togher

John Togher

English Lecturer

I am the course leader for English GCSE, having worked at West Lancashire College for 14 years. I am a published writer and love to help young people develop an understanding of the way language works, not just for their GCSE exams, but for everyday life whether it be in person or online. I'm also passionate about opening up young people's creativity and giving them the tools to better communicate.

Matthew Jankowski

Matthew Jankowski

Maths Lecturer

I have loved maths since I was young and have always had a keen interest in helping others to see the beauty of solving a difficult problem. This is what brought me in to teaching and I have enjoyed it every day since. My favourite part of the job is seeing the "lightbulb" moments that students get when they finally understand a topic that has been eluding them. I like to keep my lessons light-hearted to balance out people's perceptions about Mathematics.

Andrew Dowd

Andrew Dowd

Maths Lecturer

I have worked at West Lancashire College since 2022. I’ve had an interest in numbers and patterns from an early age and that led me to getting a Masters from Lancaster University in Maths. I’ve been teaching Maths for more than 10 years. I get a great feeling when I know I’ve helped learners on their journey to develop their numeracy and problem solving skills and gain qualifications.

Emma Forgie, Hairdressing Lecturer

Emma Forgie

Hairdressing Lecturer

I am a passionate, experienced educator with a wealth of knowledge and experience in industry, with Master Colour Expert status. I love being a part of students' success and creativity for the ever-growing industry, as well as helping create hairdressers of the future.

Alison Barford, Hairdressing Lecturer

Alison Barford

Hairdressing Lecturer

I have worked in the hairdressing industry for over 30 years, with 15+ years as a hairdressing educator. I enjoy seeing our students reach their potential and progressing in the hairdressing industry. I also enjoy developing my own skills and passing this on to students. As a lecturer, I ensure students reach their full potential and achieve their hairdressing qualifications by managing and providing an effective learning environment. Students will gain the essential knowledge, skills and confidence to prepare them to work in the hairdressing sector.

Claire Procter, Beauty Therapy Lecturer

Claire Procter

Beauty Therapy Lecturer

I have been in the Spa and Beauty industry for more than 20 years. I completed my training at Skelmersdale College and enjoyed every minute of it. My career started working on board a cruise ship as a Spa and Massage Therapist. This enabled me to travel around the world visiting many countries doing the job I love. After this I lived and worked abroad finally returning to the UK being self-employed. I have worked at West Lancashire College for 19 years and teach level 1 – 4 in beauty therapy. This is a growing and ever-changing industry where there is always new treatments and techniques to learn. Being a teacher is very rewarding especially when seeing the learners achieve their qualifications and move on to employment within our industry

Samantha Pillai, Beauty Therapy Lecturer

Samantha Pillai

Beauty Therapy Lecturer

I have worked in the Beauty industry since 2001 in which I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge to pass onto our students. I joined Steiner Transocean and became a senior spa therapist on board their luxury cruise liners, before turning to teaching for the last 13 years. I have a strong passion for the beauty industry and a keen eye for detail in everything that I do

Lynsey Makin, Health and Social Care Lecturer (1)

Lynsey Makin

Health and Social Care Lecturer

I am an experienced educator, with a background in health and care industries. I have a real passion in facilitating our learners' journey and watching as they achieve their goals and embark on their future careers. I am proud to be part of a highly effective team which offers nurture, high expectations and a drive to succeed, equipping our learners with the skills and confidence they need to recognise and reach their full potential.

Suzanne Gibson, Health and Social Care Lecturer

Suzanne Gibson

Health and Social Care Lecturer

I teach on the Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care programmes and as an experienced teacher, my passion lies in enabling all students to develop an appreciation for health, nutrition and its key role in a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy teaching Health and Social Care and find it really rewarding when our students work hard to progress to positive destinations, such as employment in care settings and university to study a wide range of courses. I am part of a small but highly effective and hardworking team who strive to enable our students to do well and progress and meet their full potential. We offer a caring and nurturing teaching environment for our learners.

Carol Reid, Clinical Educator for Health T Levels

Carol Reid

Clinical Educator for Health T Levels

I am an accomplished educator with a passion for inspiring young minds and fostering a love for learning. With over 15 years of teaching experience, I am honoured to have made a significant impact in the lives of countless students. I began my career as a Registered General Nurse, with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field. Within that time, I have developed a strong foundation in medical knowledge and nursing skills. Throughout my career, I have worked in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and long-term care facilities. My areas of expertise including medical-surgical nursing. I have cared for patients with diverse medical conditions, providing them with personalised and holistic care. As a new member of the Health and Social Care team at West Lancashire College, I am delighted to be teaching on the Level 2 and Level 3 courses, as well as being the Clinical Educator for Health T Levels.

Jane Kasper

Jane Kasper

Additional Learning Support & High Needs Manager

The inspiration for being in my current role as Additional Learning Support and High Needs Manager, is the young people and adults I come across every day. I feel privileged to be able to support them alongside a committed team of support staff, to enable those with barriers to learning to overcome these, to inspire a belief in themselves and become successful and make positive progress towards their employment aspiration and career goals, life and independence aims. Every one of the young people and adults who work with my team is different and the challenge is to tailor support plans to meet their individual needs. Everything we do focuses on inclusivity and equal opportunity. No day is the same and after 16 years I remain as committed to the role as I was on day one.


Diane Moran

Towards Independence Course Leader

I have been working for West Lancashire College for 18 years, predominantly teaching in the inclusive Learning department. What inspires me everyday is the progress that the learners make and the impact that this has on them when they are at home, out in the community, and for some at work . Its great to receive such positive feedback about this from learners themselves, together with their parents/carers.

Katie Hampson

Katie Hampson

Inclusive Learning Lecturer

As a college lecturer at West Lancashire College, I coordinate and design outstanding curriculum for learners with special educational needs (SEN) and behaviour, emotional and social difficulties (BESD). I hold a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training from Edge Hill University, and I have over 15 years of experience within the education sector. My core competencies include, specialist education, empathy, teamwork, communication and organisational skills, adaptability, flexibility, and management. In my current role, I deliver quality knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) to enhance and support individual learning outcomes. I create strong intent, implementation, and impact for maximum success of all learners, embedding Cognitive Stimulation Therapy. I work with colleagues and local communities to ensure a positive and inclusive learning environment. I am passionate about helping learners overcome their challenges and achieve their potential. I am a member of the 'Institute of Leadership and Management', bringing diverse perspectives and experiences to the team, and I coach and mentor aspiring leaders within the NCG Leadership hub.

Tina Vos

Tina Vos

Coordinator and Tutor for Inclusive learners and Supported Interns

Within my time at West Lancashire College, I have participated in a variety of roles to ensure that I am equipped with as much knowledge about the college as possible. I currently work in the Inclusive Learning team and provide support for the Supported Internship Programme. I develop our students skills and knowledge to enable them to progress into the world of work or voluntary work within the local community. I am also a trained first aider and Mental Health first aider.

James Gleave, Motor Vehicle Lecturer

James Gleave

Motor Vehicle Lecturer

I gained my Motor Vehicle qualifications at West Lancashire College and during my career, I have worked closely with BMW trained master technicians, as well as Mercedes and VW independent specialists.

Mike Cooney, Public Services Lecturer

Mike Cooney

Public Services Lecturer

I have a wealth of educational experience at West Lancashire College. I have helped hundreds of students gain experience on the course, in order to achieve their goals in the Fire, Police or Armed Forces. I have extensive Mountain Rescue and Outdoor Activity knowledge, as well as being Expedition Leader qualified. I teach across all Public Services courses, specialising in Outdoor Activities, navigation, search and rescue skills; along with law and legal system, leadership and teamwork activities and how Public Services deal with major incidents, such as terrorism, health diseases and flooding.

Ryan Smith, Public Services Lecturer

Ryan Smith

Public Services Lecturer

I’ve had the pleasure of working at West Lancashire College for over 10 years, after studying my degree in Sports Coaching and playing semi-professional sport. I thoroughly enjoy organising an array of trips and visits for the students to succeed and develop in both practical environments, as well as in the classroom. With my key links to employers in the Public Services industry, I can offer our students a variety of knowledge and introduce them to their potential future role.

Jonathan Marlow, Public Services Lecturer

Jonathon Marlow

Public Services Lecturer

I have worked at West Lancashire College for 10 years, teaching on a variety of programmes and now, I teach Level 2 and Level 3 Public Services. I have a passion to help young people reach their potential and aim to develop their skills and qualities to move onto further education or employment. I like to encourage learners to develop their teamwork, communication and leadership skills, as well as offer further support to learners through enrichment activities, gym sessions and work experience.

Caroline Stewart, Sports Lecturer

Caroline Stewart

Sports Lecturer

I began working at West Lancashire College in 2013 after completing my PGCE placement here. Having been involved in sports for over 25 years, my passion for the subject continues to grow with my focus now on physiology, personal training and sports therapy. Working with young adults who share my passion is what I enjoy the most about working here. Seeing our students achieve and progress makes it all worth while!

Robert Boardman, Sports Lecturer

Robert Boardman

Sports Lecturer

Having worked through my PGCE in further education this academic year, I have recently gained my first job as a teacher in Sports at West Lancashire College. Being a teacher has always been my biggest passion and career goal ever since I can remember. My favourite part of teaching is working alongside students to achieve their own personal goals and seeing that ‘light bulb’ moment when they have worked so hard on a topic they struggle with. I am very excited to my first full year in teaching and inspiring the younger generation to pursue their career goals.