Builders Craft College

Meet the Team

WOOD OCCUPATIONS

  • Jim O’Brien – Chief Instructor

Jim is the Chief Instructor of the College and manages all wood occupations provision. Jim has extensive experience as a carpenter and joiner and ensures the high quality of student work seen in all of our workshops. Jim’s philosophy is that we don’t just deliver qualifications but we deliver courses with the extra content to ensure the highest quality work and a good rounded training for our students.

  • Andy Mayes – Tutor Bench Joinery & Wood Cutting Machinery
  • Travis Warrington – Tutor Apprenticeships
  • Richard Williams – Tutor Carpentry & Joinery
  • Marcus Dadson – Tutor Multi-crafts Junior Provision
  • Errol Boswell – Technician
  • Anthony Lainson – Tutor Carpentry & Joinery

STONEMASONRY

  • Nigel Gilkison – Area Manager 

Nigel has developed the Stonemasonry provision at the BCC so that its reputation as a centre for the development of high level skills has increased across the country. Student work is of a very high quality, not only in the individual pieces produced by students but also in the many group projects they complete. Students in the area of stonemasonry benefit from Nigel’s extensive experience in the stone industry.

  • Jon Whitbread – Tutor Stonemasonry
  • Nancy Peskett – Tutor Stonemasonry

CONSTRUCTION

The Construction provision at the BCC encompasses a wide range of work including multi-crafts, maintenance, construction operations and concrete formworking.  Delivered at our Gibbins Road Campus, under the coordination of Mick Hedgeland, the courses are attended by apprentices, adults returning to education and 16 year olds starting out on their careers in construction.

  • Nigel Gilkison – Area Manager
  • Michael Hedgeland – Gibbins Road Campus co-ordinator and Tutor Maintenance Operations
  • Steve Hendel – Tutor multi-crafts
  • Darren Oliver – Tutor Construction Operations
  • Andy Stirrup – Tutor Formworking and Site Carpentry
  • Luke Berry – Tutor Formworking and Multi-crafts

FINE WOODWORK AND FURNITURE MAKING

  • Neil Austin – Lead Tutor, Fine Woodwork and Furniture Making

Neil is an experienced furniture maker and designer who was programme leader at Bucks University before joining the BCC this year. He brings a wealth of experience in furniture training as well as design skills. We look forward to him developing our Fine Woodwork Programme so that its national reputation is even further advanced.

  • Cheryl Mattey – Tutor Year 1 Fine Woodwork
  • Kate Payne – Tutor Furniture Making and Wood Turning
  • Tom Kealey – Furniture Maker Visiting
  • Rod Wales – Furniture Maker Visiting
  • Mark Ripley – Furniture Maker Visiting
  • Andy Mayes – Wood Machining
  • Martin Burdfield – Joinery
  • Robin Clifton – Joinery

COLLEGE MANAGERS

  • Len Conway – Principal
  • David Pearham – Deputy Principal
  • John Appleton – Director of Development
  • Tim Martin – College Bursar

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

  • Carly King – Apprentices Administrator
  • Laura Barry – Admissions and Administrator
  • Aliza Akter – Administrator
  • Helene Chernack – Reception
  • Tracey Newman – Reception

LEARNER JOURNEY

  • Frances Hill – Quality Manager Learner Journey
  • Funda Ozturk – Tutor Maths
  • Angela Philips – Dyslexia Specialist and College Counsellor
  • Janet Oliver – Tutor English

LEARNER PERFORMANCE

  • Francis Williams – Quality Manager Learner Performance
  • Doris Simon – College Internal Verifier