Meet the Team


A variety of wood occupations courses, including carpentry, joinery, wood machining and furniture making is delivered by a talented team of experienced tutors. They deliver high quality training that has earned the BCC a reputation as a top provider of timber-based courses and apprenticeships.

  • Andy Mayes – Tutor, Bench Joinery and Wood Cutting Machinery
  • Travis Warrington – Tutor, Apprenticeships
  • Anthony Lainson – Tutor, Carpentry and Joinery
  • Will Nixon – Tutor, Carpentry and Joinery
  • Errol Boswell – Technician
  • Ruth Thompson – Tutor, Carpentry and Joinery
  • Chris Ward – Carpentry, Schools Programme
  • Patrick Lear – Technician in Wood Turning


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.

  • Michael Hedgeland – Gibbins Road Campus Coordinator and Tutor, Maintenance Operations
  • Darren Oliver – Tutor, Construction Operations
  • Andy Stirrup – Tutor, Formworking and Site Carpentry
  • Neil Hayman – Tutor, Multi-crafts and Bricklaying
  • Phillip Jones – Tutor, Formwork


  • Nigel Gilkison – Lead Tutor, Stonemasonry

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.

  • Nancy Peskett – Tutor, Stonemasonry
  • Adeline Wartner – Maker in Residence
  • Will Yendell – Maker in Residence


  • 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.

  • Robin Clifton – Tutor, Fine Woodwork
  • Cheryl Mattey – Tutor, Fine Woodwork
  • Kate Payne – Tutor, Furniture Making and Wood Turning
  • Saena Ku – Evening Class Tutor, Wood Carving


A number of conservation courses are available at the Building Crafts College including the renowned Foundation Degree in Historic Building in partnership with Kingston University.

  • Steve Houchin – Lead Tutor, Foundation Degree in Heritage and Conservation
  • Peter Lakin – Tutor, Foundation Degree in Heritage and Conservation


  • Len Conway – Principal
  • Rebecca Datta – Bursar


  • Laura Barry – Admissions Officer
  • Aliza Akter – Administrator
  • Tracey Newman – Receptionist
  • Helene Chernack – Receptionist
  • Rahul Dixit – Financial Controller
  • Hussein Hussein – Apprenticeships Officer


  • Funda Ozturk – Tutor Maths
  • Sue Miller – Tutor, Maths
  • Arthur De Graft-Rosenior – Tutor, English
  • Janet Oliver – Tutor, English
  • Ellie Dennis – Student Welfare Coordinator (PDBW)
  • Doris Simon – College Internal Verifier
  • Francis Williams – Quality Manager, Learner Performance
  • Frances Hill – Quality Manager Learner Journey


  • Paul Stringer – Site Manager
  • Claudia Massanga Gomez – Canteen Assistant
  • Suzette Vaz Soares – Canteen Assistant
  • Rosalyn Scott – Cleaner
  • Delcina Jordan – Cleaner
  • Nicola Hodgson – Cleaner