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York College

Senior Management


Top row (left to right): Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Graeme Murdoch, Louise Lawrence-Crockford, Trevor Armer.

Bottom row (left to right): Glyn Jones, Andrea Shepherd, Mark Doyle, Nikki Davis.

Dr Alison Birkinshaw OBE - Principal and Chief Executive

I took up this post in January 2008 having previously been Principal at Nelson and Colne College. Prior to that, I was Deputy Principal at another Lancashire College, Runshaw. I am very proud to be Principal of such a fine college and we have already achieved excellent results this summer. Our A level pass rate was once again above the national average, our vocational results were similarly excellent with 178 students gaining the equivalent of three distinctions and Ofsted saw our work with employers as a key strength. I am also Chair of the national FE Reputation Strategy Group.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time walking in the Lakes or by the coast with my son, swimming or going to opera and the theatre.

Graeme Murdoch - Deputy Principal (QA and Support)

I have worked at the college since 2003. Prior to that I spent 20 years working in land-based colleges and moved here from Askham Bryan College. I like to have a high profile around the college keeping in touch with as many people as I can, because it is ‘good to talk'.

In my spare time I am keen on sports (more watching than doing these days), and a little bit of trivia for you ... I own a 1963 Ford Super Dexta Tractor (which still works!).

Louise Lawrence-Crockford - Deputy Principal: Resources

I have worked in Further Education since 1999 primarily focussing on Employer and Adult Learning. I took up the post of Assistant Principal for Employer Engagement at York College in February 2008 with responsibility for Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning and Commercial Training. Prior to taking up this post at York College I spent 8 years at Darlington College working on many projects with employers, schools and the army.

In my present role I have overall responsibility for Information Systems and Services, Human Resources, Health Safety and Welfare, Management Information Systems, Administration Services, Estates and Registry and Data Services.

I live in North Yorkshire. In my spare time I enjoy walking my 2 dogs, playing golf (not particularly well), scuba diving and gardening.

Trevor Armer - Director of Finance

I have worked at York College since May 2001. I joined the College, having previously held a variety of senior finance positions in the private and public sectors.

My role is to oversee the financial aspects of the College so that we can continue to invest in high quality teaching and support for students.

In recent years, the College has become a bit of a ‘family business’ with my wife working in TLAS (Teaching and Learning Administrative Support) and my children attending as students. This has meant that I have had first hand experience of the excellent opportunities and support College staff provide to students on both A Level and Vocational courses.

Out of work, my time is taken up walking, trying to get and keep fit and gardening in our allotment. I also have an interest in rock and pop music with a growing appreciation of reggae and folk music.

Glyn Jones - Assistant Principal: 16-19 A Level

I have been at York College since 1996. I was previously in charge of Biology, at the then York Sixth Form College, and then Science. I still consider myself a scientist and take a keen interest in our links with the University of York, Hull York Medical School and the National Science Learning Centre. In my current role as Assistant Principal I am responsible for 16-19 A-Levels, which encompasses around 1,200 students studying a very wide range of courses.

I previously taught at a sixth form college in East London and, before going into teaching, I worked as an environmental scientist and as a professional skydiver and aerial photographer.

I live in York and I am married with two daughters and one dog. In what little spare time this leaves me, I enjoy climbing, walking and photography.

Andrea Shepherd - Assistant Principal Higher Education, International, Adult and Development

I began working at the College in September 2014, after working at Dearne Valley College in South Yorkshire. I am responsible for Higher Education, programmes for adults and International students.

I'm enjoying lots of things about working at York College so far, and I have been given such a friendly welcome. In my spare time, I like spending time outside, particularly on the coast.


Mark Doyle - Assistant Principal 14-19 Vocational

I have worked in FE since 1994 in various roles including five years at a residential college for the deaf where I became a competent user of British Sign Language (qualified at Level 2). Most recently I spent two years working for the largest college in London as a Director of Vocational Curriculum.

In my spare time I enjoy a good book, swimming, movies and am an avid fan of motorcycle racing.

Nikki Davis - Assistant Principal Employer Engagement

I began working at the College in August 2015, following a career that has included roles at Kirklees, Leeds and Calderdale Colleges. Prior to working in Further Education, my background is in hospitality and business management.

In my current role as Assistant Principal; Employer Engagement, I am very much looking forward to working with employers across the region to develop effective working partnerships, particularly in apprenticeships.

Outside of College, I have two young children and a Labrador who drag my husband and I out on walks and bike rides whenever possible.