Meet the Team

COLLEGE MANAGERS

  • David Dowdles – Principal – david.dowdles@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Joe Mercer – Business Manager – joe.mercer@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Frances Hill – Quality Manager, Learner Journey – frances.hill@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Francis Williams – Quality Manager, Learner Performance – francis.williams@thebcc.ac.uk
  • David Pearham – Senior Manager, Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement – david.pearham@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Nigel Gilkison – Lead Tutor, Stonemasonry – nigel.gilkison@thebcc.ac.uk

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

  • Fiona Somerville – Head of Admissions & Marketing – fiona.somerville@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Aliza Akter – Administrator – aliza.akter@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Tracey Newman – Administrator – tracey.newman@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Helene Chernack – Receptionist – helene.chernack@thebcc.ac.uk

GENERAL ENQUIRIES, MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT

  • General enquiries – info@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Admissions – admissions@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Marketing & Development – marketing@thebcc.ac.uk

WOOD OCCUPATIONS

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.

  • Travis Warrington – Tutor, Apprenticeships – travis.warrington@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Anthony Lainson – Tutor, Carpentry and Joinery –  ant.lainson@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Will Nixon – Tutor, Carpentry and Joinery – will.nixon@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Errol Boswell – Technician – errol.boswell@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Ruth Thomson – Tutor, Carpentry and Joinery – ruth.thomson@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Chris Ward – Carpentry, Schools Programme – chris.ward@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Lee Lane – Specialist Qualified Wood Technicianlee.lane@thebcc.ac.uk
    Lee is a fully qualified bench joiner/shop fitter, completing his apprenticeship at the BCC while employed by both Sykes and Sons, and Bruce Tipper Joinery, based in Leyton. Both opportunities were the perfect place for him to excel at joinery and complete high end projects,. During his career, Lee has worked on some of England’s most prestigious sites, including the Royal Courts of Justice, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Opera House. Since fully qualifying, Lee has worked for prestigious furniture companies and was last employed as a set builder at the Royal Opera House.

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 school leavers starting out on their careers in construction.

  • Michael Hedgeland – Gibbins Road Campus Coordinator and Tutor, Maintenance Operations – michael.hedgeland@thebcc.ac.uk
    Michael is a 5-year time served apprentice in Painting and Decorating,  who learnt his trade refurbishing Grade 1 and 2 Crown listed properties in and around Regents Park and Cromwell House in Highgate (Oliver Cromwell’s house). Working in the building trade since he was 15, Michael finished his apprenticeship at 21 and then went on to work for various decorating companies. At 25 he was a finishing foreman for a refurbishment company and at 30 ran his own business employing six decorators. In 2004 he was approached by a friend to deliver painting and decorating lectures for South Thames College and started employment with the BCC in November 2006 where he managed a course called Construct your Careers in conjunction with the BCC and East Thames Housing Association. Michael moved to our Gibbins Rd campus in 2011 and has been developing the site since.
  • Darren Oliver – Tutor, Construction Operations – darren.oliver@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Andy Stirrup – Tutor, Formworking and Site Carpentry – andy.stirrup@thebcc.ac.uk
    Andy is a time served carpenter and worked in the industry for 33 years as a carpenter before progressing to foreman/supervisor and then onto project manager for a sub contractor. From there he progressed into Project Management for main contractors managing large commercial projects before a change of career in February 2016 when he joined the BCC to teach carpentry to apprentices. Andy now teaches up to level 3 site carpentry and is an NVQ assessor.
  • Neil Hayman – Tutor, Multi-crafts and Bricklaying – neil.hayman@thebcc.ac.uk
    Neil became a bricklayer and completed his apprenticeship in the 1980s. He worked for a number of large companies including Harry Neal and Ideal Homes and then the charity, Kings Fund where he trained prisoners to build a sensory garden that was opened by Prince Charles. His skills include heritage brickwork which he teaches alongside traditional brickwork at the BCC

STONEMASONRY

  • Nigel Gilkison – Lead Tutor, Stonemasonry – nigel.gilkison@thebcc.ac.uk
    Nigel has developed the Stonemasonry provision at the BCC so that its reputation as a centre for the development of high level skills is unparalleled 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, Apprenticeships and OSAT (On-site Assessment and Training) – nancy.peskett@thebcc.ac.uk
    With a background in architecture and conservation, Nancy has worked for over 20 years in the construction industry. She trained in stonemasonry at the Building Crafts College, from where she undertook a craft apprenticeship with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. Nancy is a registered assessor, delivering workshop training and site-based assessments in stonemasonry, heritage and related site management qualifications.
  • Adeline Wartner – Tutor – adeline.wartner@thebcc.ac.uk
    Adeline obtained a Restoration Diploma at the City and Guilds of London Art School in 1999, then worked as a conservator and attended various stone carving classes and workshops. She studied the Advanced Level 3 Stonemasonry Diploma at the Building Crafts College in 2015 and qualified in 2018. She was then s Maker in Residence for two years and now teaches part time at the BCC. Adeline is also self-employed as a stonemason and stone- and letter-carver.

FURNITURE DESIGN & MAKING

  • Robin Clifton – Lead Tutor, Furniture Design & Making – robin.clifton@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Kate Payne – Tutor, Furniture Making and Wood Turning – kate.payne@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Paulo de Vasconcelos – Tutor, Furniture Making – paulo.devasoncelos@thebcc.ac.uk
    Paulo’s furniture making career started at The Building Crafts College and has now come full circle in becoming a tutor in the fine woodworking department. With encouragement from his tutor here, he applied for the apprenticeship at the renowned Edward Barnsley Workshop. On completion of his 3 year apprenticeship, he went on to work as a craftsman there before joining industry renowned furniture maker/ designer Richard Williams, during which time he made some incredible pieces of furniture. After a time working for furniture companies, Paulo decided on a change of career and wanting to share with others, the skills that he had learnt, went into teaching. After a period of time teaching at a secondary school, Paulo joined the BCC – right back where his passion began.
  • Saena Ku – Evening Class Tutor, Wood Carving – saena.ku@thebcc.ac.uk
    Saena Ku is an established woodcarver and gilder with over 20 years experience in the industry. Graduating from the City & Guilds of London Art school in ornamental woodcarving and gilding in 2000, Saena has built a strong reputation and a successful portfolio within both the traditional and contemporary woodcarving sector. Prestigious past projects include gilding works at Tower of London for Historic Royal Palaces; woodcarving at New College and Oriel College in Oxford, carving and gilding for several London livery companies, and carving works for the Queen’s barge at the Diamond Jubilee. In more contemporary and commercial projects, Saena has worked with Penguin Books, Hodder & Stoughton, Guiness, Kopparberg and several fashion designers. A former woodcarving tutor at the C&G Art school from 2007-2018, Saena has taught at the BCC since 2009. In 2020 Saena was awarded the Master Carver Certificate from the Worshipful Company of Joiners & Ceilers. wwww.thewoodcarvingstudio.co.uk
  • Wilfe Gorlin – Evening Class Tutor – wilfe.gorlin@thebcc.ac.uk 

CONSERVATION 

  • Steve Houchin – Lead Tutor, Foundation Degree in Historic Building Conservation steve.houchin@thebcc.ac.uk

LEARNER TEAM

  • Funda Ozturk – Tutor Maths – funda.ozturk@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Arthur De Graft-Rosenior – Tutor, English – arthur.deg-rosenior@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Janet Oliver – Tutor, English – janet.oliver@thebcc.ac.uk

WELFARE TEAM

  • Ellie Dennis – Student Welfare Coordinator (PDBW) – ellie.dennis@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Sarah-Louise Robson – College Counsellor – sarahlouise.robson@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Faye Ogden – College Counsellor – faye.ogden@thebcc.ac.uk

SITE TEAM

  • Paul Stringer – Site Manager – paul.stringer@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Claudia Massanga Gomes – Canteen Supervisor- claudia.gomes@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Susette Vaz Soares – Canteen Supervisor- susete.vazsoares@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Nicola Hodgson – Cleaner – nicola.hodgson@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Rosalyn Scott – Cleaner – rosalyn.scott@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Delcina Jordan – Cleaner – delcina.jordan@thebcc.ac.uk
  • Ryan Hedgeland Site Maintenance Apprentice – ryan.hedgeland@thebcc.ac.uk