Meet Our Tutors
Our tutors are industry experts who can share their knowledge and expertise with you. Here, you can get to know our tutors and find out a little bit more about their background and why they love to do what they do.
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Hazel BoneCourse Leader - Engineering
"As well as my day to day teaching activities I work with our students encouraging them to take part in Equality and Diversity competitions, Young Engineer for Britain, Greenpower Electric Car competition, Jaguar F1 in Schools, where I have represented the college on many occasions in regional finals with our students. You may You may also recognise me from Robot Wars Techno-games where I competed for a number of years with my robot FireStorm."
Mark ClarksonLecturer - Sport and Uniformed Public Services
"The best thing about teaching is supporting students to achieve their goals and develop a passion for sport and exercise topics. Sport and exercise is such an exciting subject area, which allows for discussion and debate across a range of topics and issues."
Melissa ThompsonLecturer - Aviation
"I gained excellent industry experience based on 12 years working at Newcastle Airport as a passenger service agent. I have worked for Newcastle college for 6 years working at Newcastle Aviation Academy gives me a great sense of achievement using my industry experience to give back to young people."
John AtkinsonCurriculum Leader - Rail and Civil Engineering
"After more than 25 years within the civil engineering industry it was time to give something back to those just starting out in their careers and giving them that initial leg up to start. This industry gives our students the chance to make a difference and influence all aspects of life all around the world. I love to see expressions of relief and satisfaction on the students faces when, after two years hard work and not believing in themselves, they suddenly realise they have passed their course."
Dan LumbLecturer - Music
"Music is one of the few subject areas which can go from being ridiculously technical, so for example the inner workings of a compressor, learning jazz theory from the 20th century, to being the most emotive and connective expression of the human experience, creating whole subcultures based around specific genres. Being able to see students go from the very beginnings of their musical career to writing and producing complex music at industry standard, then releasing and distributing that music successfully is definitely what I love most about my job."
Nick AdamsCourse Leader - Music Production
"Electronic Music and Technology is at the forefront of musical innovation. I have an extensive background in Electronic Music and DJ. It’s rewarding seeing students gain success and progress into influential figures in the music industry by receiving support from the likes of Radio 1, Lee Foss and Calvin Harris."
Jordan McLeodProgramme Leader - Aesthetic Practice and Spa Management
"The aesthetics industry is an exciting industry to be part of. Treatments and theories are constantly evolving giving you endless opportunities for career pathways. My background is clinical where I have specialised in non-medical aesthetic treatments. I am passionate about educating clients and want to share my knowledge and experiences with aspiring aestheticians."
Alison RylanceStudent Transition, Support and Engagement Manager - Foundation Learning
"The department is always exciting due to the different staff sharing their past experiences with our students. I can relate to many of our students as I did not enjoy my time at school as I was bullied. The best part of my job is seeing students build up their confidence in their own ability."
Paul JohnsonProgramme Leader - Engineering
"I have over 15 years of experience working in both education and the Engineering industry. During my time working in industry, I was a Process and Project Engineer for one of the world’s oldest cable manufacturing organisations. My areas of specialism are Project Management, Product Development, and Continuous Improvement."
Zunair ShahidProgramme Leader - Renewables & Subsea
"Teaching is a very rewarding career, I am passionate about engineering and ensuring my students learn from real working environments. It can be overwhelming at times seeing students succeed, knowing that I have had a positive impact on their life and career prospects."
Ben NewcombProgramme Leader - Renewable and Subsea
"While I was studying BEng (Hons) degree in Civil & Structural Engineering at the University of Bradford, the course involved a teaching placement where I really enjoyed teaching Engineering based subjects to students, so I joined the team at the Energy Academy in 2014!
Lisa FernandesCourse Leader - Education
"Equal access to education is something that has always motivated me to be the best I can. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and seeing students on their placements improving time after time is really rewarding. Graduation is just the icing on the cake!"
Colin ParnabyProgramme Leader - Carpentry & Joinery
"I started my working career as an apprentice in a joinery machine shop, since then I have worked on many sites and enjoyed working abroad on a house renovation. One day work was called off due to weather and I heard an advert on the radio for trades people to go into teaching! Just knowing I can pass on my knowledge to the younger generation makes me feel good. I like to see how students mature as a person from when they join us to getting their first job in the trade."
Stuart ClimsonLecturer - Business
"I have a passion for teaching and enjoy being a part of our student’s success. We have some great opportunities within the Business department. I particularly enjoy our away days with students, working on planning, team building and developing confidence. My job makes me feel very fulfilled, not just seeing our students being successful on their course but getting them work ready."
Ashley DeaneCurriculum Leader - Automotive
"I’ve made an amazing career in this industry and want to help others do the same. I love the satisfaction of seeing a student progress, turning into an employable professional. Growth, technological advances and change are in abundance in this sector and we are at the edge of some huge fundamental differences in personal transport that will create a new era of technical experts. If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is!"
Colin GreatheadProgramme Leader - Automotive
"The projection of technology and the rate at which it changes in the Automotive Industry makes this subject so exciting. I have worked in Industry and Education helping apprentices, trainee’s and students develop their skills and knowledge. Automotive has been part of my life longer than I can remember!"
Kevin IllingworthCourse Leader - Automotive
"I have lots of years’ experience teaching and working in the Automotive industry, working for brands like Nissan. My job gives me the chance to teach the things I am most passionate about. Teaching Automotive is interesting, rewarding and lots of fun."
Tony NeildLecturer - Automotive
"Automotive is an ever-changing sector that has grown faster than most other things of our time. I want to share my knowledge so I can help build a new generation of skilled, professional and diligent Technicians."
Sharon DaviesProgramme Leader - Aviation
"I have loved every aspect of my Aviation career, starting as cabin crew on short and long-haul flights. Becoming a trainer and deputy base manager at Jet2 I knew I had found my passion. Our students are a pleasure to teach as they are so enthusiastic about their course, I love Graduation seeing our students achieve their goals."
Mike CottonProgramme Leader - Business
"As part of the Graduate Management Programme with Intercontinental Group I travelled across the UK as part of their Senior Management Team. I am passionate about customer service and ethical management techniques and always keep up to date with developments within Retail and Hospitality. Keeping abreast of what is happening in industry is key to making my lessons relevant. I love to see our students succeed, it’s the reason I teach! I am always very proud of our students."