Apprenticeships & Workforce Development
Apprenticeships & Workforce Development
The Apprenticeship team will facilitate and ensure the successful delivery of our apprenticeship programmes and short courses.
Professor Scott S. P. Wildman BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA
Assistant Vice President for Digital Innovation & Enterprise Learning
Full Professor of Higher Education and Human Physiology
Professor Scott Wildman, a Professor of Higher Education and Human Physiology, is the Director of Apprenticeships & Workforce Development at New College of Humanities. He was previously Director of Apprenticeships at the University of Kent and has held academic appointments at the Royal Veterinary College, UCL, Johns Hopkins University, and Imperial College London.
Scott provides strategic leadership, and day-to-day management, for NCH’s provision of workforce enhancement solutions, including higher and degree apprenticeships. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is nationally recognised for Widening Access & Outreach (2020; Guardian University Award) and Employer Engagement (2018; Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award), and was a Finalist at the National Apprenticeship Awards (2018).
Head of Business Development (Apprenticeships & Workforce Development)
Emma is responsible for the promotion of workforce planning, lifelong learning and higher and degree apprenticeships to employers across all sectors, championing, inspiring and communicating opportunities for business collaboration.
Emma has years of extensive experience of working with apprenticeships across many sectors. With a passion for both vocational and academic learning, Emma has supported an abundance of employers with the introduction, facilitation and recruitment of apprentices. She brings to NCH, a solid understanding and knowledge of apprenticeships including; funding rules, knowledge of multiple frameworks and standards, and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.
Emma is an ardent supporter of the UK’s long term plan for improved workforce development and believes apprenticeships have the potential to make a greater impact for the future.
Lauren Baldock BA (Hons) MA QTS
Operations and Quality Manager (Apprenticeships and Workforce Development)
Lauren is responsible for the operations and project management for Apprenticeships and Workforce Development programmes. She oversees the smooth running of programmes and integrated policies and procedures.
Lauren has worked as a consultant for arts organisations, independent companies and leading universities on apprenticeships, degree and postgraduate programmes, education and outreach work, data collation and evaluation.
Previously Head of Learning and Participation at Jasmin Vardimon Company with responsibility for the development of the highly successful JV2 Professional Development Program and several other HE and short course programs both in the UK and Internationally. Lauren has developed relationships and outreach programmes with schools and developed professional resources to enrich and supplement curriculum delivery, as well as worked at the University of Kent as a Lecturer and various schools as a qualified Teacher. Prior to this Lauren worked for several other dance companies, a dance development agency, and has a background in professional dance performance, radio and television work.
Business Relations Manager
Lynsey Rawbone is the Business Relations Manager for the EDGE/Innovation team at NCH. The EDGE/Innovation team are involved in the development and facilitation of various aspects of Workbased learning, including Apprenticeships working in partnership with a number of employers.
Lynsey’s role is to lead on the support for all learners, employers and any other relevant stakeholders to ensure that from onboarding, right the way through to the successful completion of their learning journey that they are fully supported in all areas of their learning. This involves regular reviews and contact with all parties to ensure that their learning is progressing well and to make sure any issues or concerns are resolved effectively and efficiently.
Lynsey has a number of years of experience working with apprenticeships in the Higher Education sector and brings a wealth of knowledge to the role.
Peter Embleton-Smith BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS, MSc
Assistant Programmes Manager and Learning Technologist
Peter is the Assistant Programmes Manager and Learning Technologist for Apprenticeships and Workforce Development, responsible for programme and course development. He is a qualified teacher with a strong interest in technology and how it can be used to enhance teaching and learning. Having taught in Kent for several years, he completed a UCL-IoE MSc in Learning Technologies in 2018, bringing together his background in pedagogy and interest in technology.
Peter worked as a Distance Learning Technologist at the University of Kent, developing distance-learning material for the Apprenticeship Centre with a focus on high quality learner experience.
Peter’s specific areas of creative expertise include working in Film, Photography and Graphic Design. After successfully completing the BA (Hons) Digital Media at Canterbury Christ Church University, he subsequently worked within these fields.
Carolyn Barker BSc (Hons) MSc PhD
Programme Director Data Science
Carolyn leads the academic delivery of the Data Science degree apprenticeship programme.
Carolyn has a masters degree in computer science and a PhD in Computational Chemistry (UCL). She spent ten years at Pfizer Global Research and Development with the newly formed cheminformatics department, developing and applying data science techniques for drug discovery, for which she won a Pfizer global achievement award.
Carolyn has spent the last decade working in higher education (University of Kent), and has designed and led the academic delivery of a number of higher and degree apprenticeships, informed by her industry experience.
Consultant (Apprenticeships & Workforce Development)
Sarah is responsible for providing consulting services to support curriculum development for the Apprentice Degree Programme; focused around employer requirements, on boarding, on-the-job curricula and behavioural elements. Sarah has been involved in building induction material and will be delivering technical courses during the degree programme.
Sarah has over 30 years experience helping clients achieve successful IT deliveries through the full project life cycle as a business analyst, consultant and project manager. She has specialised in CRM (Salesforce) and IT Service Management (ServiceNow) cloud technologies for the last 15 years; working with clients including Centrica, Scottish Water, Barclays Wealth, RBS and Euromoney. Whilst working at Fujitsu, Sarah initiated and project managed the delivery of a pro bono Salesforce CRM solution for non-profit, Peace One Day for which Fujitsu received Salesforce FY2010 Partnership Award – Foundation Winner.
Prior to her work with CRM and Service Management, Sarah spent 12 years as a consultant in the Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing space. Recently Sarah has been working with Methods helping develop their ServiceNow practice, assisting Methods in promotion to Premier partner status and raising Methods’ profile in the ServiceNow ecosystem.
Simon Martin BSc (Joint Hons) MSc PhD
Associate Professor in Data Science
Simon holds a first degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Hull, a Masters degree in Intelligent Systems from Brunel.
After his degree, Simon worked as an engineer at Nortel Networks and a consultant engineer at Viewgate Networks before becoming a director of a start-up company Smart-IP. Simon then changed tack and taught GCSE and A-level Maths before returning to study and completing his PhD in data science at the University of Portsmouth. He continued his research at the University of Portsmouth and then the University of Stirling, before returning to the industry as a systems engineer at BAE Systems.
Simon’s most recent position was as Principal Machine Intelligence Researcher at Schnellecke Digital Innovations in Wolfsburg Germany. Simon’s expertise is in agent-based systems, optimisation, heuristics, machine learning, mathematical foundations, programming and problem-solving. He understands what it is to come back to education after working and to work in a wide range of different industries.
Juan Saenz PhD
Assistant Professor in Data Science
Juan was awarded a PhD from The University of Sheffield in the application of purely functional programming to dynamic tree data structures. He has a Masters degree at The University of Nottingham in the application of functional programming to overcome the lack of algebraic properties over pathfinding problems. He is currently designing and preparing courses on Data Science and Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeships programmes.
Prior to joining the Experiential Digital Global Education team at NCH, Juan delivered, for over fifteen years, academic courses in both face-to-face and online approaches with a focus on database and programming at The University of Chihuahua. Alongside the academic role, Juan was also the Lead in the development and application of undergraduate admissions examination software. He was appointed as the Academic Affairs Dean in the Engineering School of the same institution from 2004 to 2009.
Juan has also experience in freelancing as developer for applications client-server platforms with Object-Oriented and SQL technologies.
Alex Cline BA MA PhD MBCS
Assistant Professor in Data Engineering
Alex specialises in Cloud Computing, Distributed Systems Development and Data Engineering, and is an AWS Academy Authorised Instructor, an AWS Educate Faculty Ambassador, and a Google Cloud Faculty Expert. Alex also has an interest in Data Visualisation and is a Tableau Certified Desktop Specialist.
Prior to joining NCH, Alex was a lecturer specialising in Systems and Automation at Ada, England’s National College for Digital Skills. Alex undertook research studies at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cultures of the Digital Economy Institute, and the Center for Digital Material Culture at the University of Sussex, working on the preservation and archiving of early software and media art.
Eleanor Maher BA (Hons)
Apprenticeships Operations Assistant
Eleanor joined NCH in August 2021 and supports the Operations Team in EDGE working closely with the Operations and Quality Manager, ensuring the smooth running of programmes.
Before joining NCH, Eleanor worked as an Examinations Officer during the pandemic in Secondary Education and has experience in Apprenticeships Administration and an Assistant Technician role in Higher Education. Eleanor holds a first-class honours degree in Fine Art with the University of Kent.
James Coultrip BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS
James is a Learning technologist for Apprenticeships and Workforce Development, responsible for course development. He is a qualified teacher with a keen interest in developing educational experiences in innovative ways. During his teaching practice James spent some time working in a Specially Resourced Provision for autistic children giving him additional experience in adapting teaching practice to meet additional educational needs.
James has previously worked as a Taught Programs administrator at the University of Kent, where he supported the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, as well as the School of Psychology.
Prior to embarking on his teaching career, James was a sports coach specializing in cycling. He holds an honors degree in International Relations with the University of Portsmouth.
Mikhaila Burgess BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA, MBCS
Mikhaila (they/them) works in the apprenticeship programme academic team, specialising in cyber security, networks and data management.
They have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Data Quality, and over 20 years’ experience working in European Higher Education with particular expertise in curriculum design and quality assurance.
Prior to joining NCH, Mikhaila lead and delivered education in digital forensics, cyber security, and data science in their role as Associate Professor at Noroff University College (NUC), Norway. Whilst at NUC they also worked in a senior administrative capacity responsible for the design and accreditation of new bachelor study programs as well as developing university-level education quality assurance regulations, processes, and procedures.
Mikhaila has also held academic posts at Cardiff University and University of South Wales, teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programs and participating in InfoSec-related research and consultancy projects. They have also worked as a software developer in the defence sector, and as an external examiner for institutions both internationally and within the UK.
Helen Dawe BSc (Hons), PhD, FRSB, SFHEA
Helen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (Manchester) and a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology (UCL). She was an industrial trainee at GlaxoWellcome and has mentored many undergraduate and postgraduate students working in industry. Helen joined the Experiential Digital Global Education team at NCH in September 2021.
Prior to that, she had spent 12 years at the University of Exeter, where she developed and delivered a range of degree programmes and courses for bioscience and medical students. She has a long-standing interest in widening participation and inclusion issues and was responsible for widening participation and public engagement strategy for Biosciences at Exeter.
Sian Joel-Edgar BA, MSc, PHD, FHEA
Sian has a research interest in Human-Computer Interaction applied to business contexts. She is particularly interested in designing and evaluating communication and information visualisation through a user-centred approach. Prior to joining NCH, Sian was a Business Computing and I.T. Lecturer at Aston University Business School, a Staff Tutor in Computer Science at the Open University and an I.T. Consultant.
Nicholle is a Project Manager at NCH and joined the team in August 2021. Nicholle is responsible for managing externally commissioned work-related learning projects to ensure they are on target and successfully delivered.
Nicholle has worked in various roles within Higher Education since 2001 starting in the Finance Department and then later on spending 2 years on secondments within various academic schools at the University of Kent. This knowledge and experience led to Nicholle working for 8 years as an Executive Assistant for the COO in the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
Joanne works in the EDGE team to co-ordinate on the delivery of NCH degree apprenticeships programmes between the employer, learner/apprentice and the apprenticeship team. Acting as the day to day point of contact for the College’s relationship with the employer for their apprenticeships and organising the support for each learner/apprentice journey from start to finish.
Joanne is an experienced apprenticeship advisor quality performance manager, career advisor and teacher, with specialisms in safeguarding in adult education gained over the past 20 years.
Yu-Chun Pan BA, MSc, PhD, SFHEA
Yu-Chun leads the BSc (Hons) Project Management with Digital Technology and co-leads the MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist degree apprenticeship programmes.
He has a MSc in Strategic Supply Chain Management (UEA) and a PhD in Business Informatics (Reading). He is also a qualified PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments), PRINCE2 Agile, MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), and P3O (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices) practitioner.
Prior to joining NCH at Northeastern, he was a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at University of West London (UWL), where he led a number of digital degree and higher apprenticeship programmes.
Yu-Chun is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was nominated for the National Teaching Fellowship in 2019.
Katia Punter BSc (Magna Cum Laude), PGCE
Katia’s background is in IT and computer science. Her personal curiosity in software engineering directed her towards working as both a Frontend Developer and a Lecturer in Software Engineering. Following her experience with Founders and Coders and 2 years of working as Node JS and React developer, Katia teaches Python, JS, D3, TDD with Jest and React Testing Library and Agile with additional areas of expertise on both the client and server side in HTML5, CSS3, ES6, Node.js, Express, Django and Ruby on rails. Katia also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and has worked as a teacher for over a decade, developing a range of soft skills that she has been able to carry across to software development.
Alistair Robinson MA (Cantab), MScRes (Edin), PhD (UCL), AFHEA
Alistair Robinson joined NCH in 2019 and is an Assistant Professor in Academic and Professional Practice. He works in EDGE’s learning technology and academic teams building and writing online courses for the bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. Prior to joining the EDGE team, Alistair taught in NCH’s English Department.
Alistair has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge, a master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh, and a doctorate from University College London. He has held a Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowship from the Institute of English Studies (2019) and an Honorary Research Fellowship from Birkbeck, University of London (2021).
He has published academic articles and book reviews in the Review of English Studies, the Journal of Victorian Culture, the London Journal and elsewhere. His first monograph, Vagrancy in the Victorian Age: Representing the Wandering Poor in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.
Hannah Sullivan-Guckian BA, MA
As a Project Manager in the EDGE Team, Hannah develops and maintains strategic partnerships, oversees a portfolio of work-related learning projects and leads on public sector tendering. She is also Secretary to the Executive Committee.
Hannah has a wealth of higher education experience, having previously held roles at Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London and the University of Kent, where she delivered a wide-range of strategic projects including the Teaching Excellence Framework, developing apprenticeship provision, review and management of education portfolios and improving the student experience. She has also provided policy and strategy support to university leaders.
Prior to joining the higher education sector Hannah worked for a political communications company in Westminster. Hannah is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Exeter and an MA in International Relations from King’s College London.
Aneta Zięba BA, MA
Aneta has many years of experience working in both academic and professional education settings. A teacher and translator by trade, Aneta is passionate about education, which led her to work for the Baytree Centre, a charity that creates pathways for social inclusion through education and training.
More recently, Aneta worked for the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors in their professional services team, overseeing the delivery of assessments for the Institute’s qualifications portfolio in the UK and Ireland, and working closely with high calibre corporate clients.
Aneta works in the Experiential Digital Global Education operations team supporting the delivery of the degree apprenticeship programmes.