Meet our senior management team:
Derek Branton, Principal and chief executive
Derek Branton has been the Principal of East Riding College since September 2004. Previously he was Deputy Principal of Burton College in Staffordshire and before that Assistant Principal at Wakefield College in West Yorkshire.
Derek graduated from the University of York in 1979 with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Social History and has a PGCE (FE) with a special commendation awarded by the University of Leeds in 1983. In 2002 Derek gained an MA in Educational Leadership and Management from the Open University and he is a graduate of the Principals' Qualifying Programme, a professional qualification for college principals.
In addition to previously managing and teaching in colleges in Staffordshire and West Yorkshire, Derek began his teaching career in Cambridgeshire at the Isle of Ely College where he became Head of Communication Studies. He is committed to providing the highest possible quality of provision and believes strongly that further education colleges, like ours in the East Riding, have a key role to play in supporting businesses and communities while providing learning opportunities to help people transform their lives.
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.