Meet our senior management team:
Mike Welsh, Principal and chief executive
Mike joined the College as Principal and Chief Executive in January 2018 from the College of North West London, where he was Deputy Principal for three-and-a-half years, leading it to a successful merger as a Good college. Mike has been a senior leader, with extensive experience in FE Colleges, Schools and Private Training Providers, since 1996 and also worked for six years as an Additional Inspector for Ofsted in London and the South East Region.
Mike holds a BA in Music from Leeds University (Bretton Hall); a PGCE from Manchester Polytechnic; and the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH).
Originally from Cambridge, via the North West, Leicestershire and London, Mike now lives locally and has worked nationally, as well as in London and the East Midlands. He is a keen gardener, has an organic allotment and keeps bees and chickens. Mike enjoys cooking for friends and family and remains a keen follower of the UK Music Industry.
Mike believes passionately in providing the best possible quality of educational provision for all our students, whatever their starting point, from across the East Riding and beyond. East Riding College exists to provide very high quality training opportunities for local people, communities and employers, working in partnership with others to help drive economic regeneration and sustainable growth across the region. Mike’s role as Principal and Chief Executive is to drive and lead this agenda on behalf of the students, staff and governors of the college. In short, East Riding College is here to support people to transform their lives and fulfil their potential.
Rhys Davies, Vice-Principal, curriculum and quality
Rhys was appointed Vice-Principal in 2015. He previously worked in industry before moving to varied roles within teaching and education. These have included teaching history at a comprehensive school in Macclesfield, Head of Department at Longcroft School and Performing Arts College, advisory teacher working for the School Improvement Service across the East Riding and finally Wilberforce College, where he spent four years as Assistant Principal and four years as Vice Principal. Rhys has achieved a BA (Hons) in History and Politics in 1994, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 1995 and a MEd (By thesis) at the University of Hull in 2004, followed by the National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH) in 2007. In his spare time he previously played football, but is now happy to watch instead. Rhys also enjoys cinema and travel.
John Doris, Vice-Principal, finance and resources
John was appointed as director of resources in 2003. Prior to that, John was finance director at a manufacturing company in Beverley and he has over 25 years of experience in finance functions in the corporate sector. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a BA(Hons) in Geography in 1978. John went on to gain an MBA at the Manchester Business School. His interests include family and rugby.
Barbara Collinson, Director of human resources
Barbara was appointed as director of human resources in March 2008. Prior to her appointment she worked in the legal, voluntary and retail sectors and has over 25 years' experience in human resource management. Barbara graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1976 with an LL.B (Hons), and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel and Development from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside. Barbara's interests include her family, home and garden along with visiting family in the USA as often as she can.
Helen Wooldridge, Director of learner services, planning and diversity
Helen joined the College as an assistant director in 2011 and was appointed as director of learner services, planning and diversity in July 2015. She has over 20 years’ experience in the education and skills sector and previously worked at the Skills Funding Agency, Learning and Skills Council and the Training and Enterprise Council. Helen achieved a first class BA (Hons) in Business and Management in 2010. She enjoys living locally in the East Riding of Yorkshire. In her spare time she enjoys walking and listening to live music.