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
Director of Apprenticeships & Workforce Development
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.
Patricia Meyer-Seidt, Dipl. Inf., AFHEA
Programme Director Digital Technology Solutions Professional
Patricia leads the academic delivery of the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional and higher apprenticeship programme.
With an academic degree in Computer Science, she has earned over 25 years of experience in software and solution development, project management, general management and data analytics. She worked for and with international companies and clients, i.a. Allianz, BMW, Santander and Siemens.
After moving to the UK, she worked as an Information Manager for a Health Research Network in Cambridge, Big Data Manager at Santander UK and as Lecturer at a University in London, where she taught DTS Apprentices, Bachelor and Master students in a variety of subjects, including Data Management, Data Analytics and Digital Leadership.
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.
Michael Cauchi MChem (Hons), MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor in Data Science
Michael currently contributes to the preparation and delivery of courses on both the Data Science and the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeships programmes.
Michael has spent his career in both industry and academia. After gaining a masters degree in Analytical Chemistry, he worked at Astra in Sweden as a data analyst and programmer, and then Tate & Lyle Sugars in London as a statistical data analyst. Following a gap year involving world travel, Michael gained a PhD from Cranfield University in the application of data science to drinking water quality. He stayed on at Cranfield as a Research Fellow, increasing his data science knowledge and skills by undertaking grant-funded research projects mostly focused on non-invasive disease diagnostics. He also prepared and delivered modules in statistics and machine learning, and supervised project students on the award winning MSc in Applied Bioinformatics course.
Prior to joining the Apprenticeships & Workforce Development team at NCH, Michael worked for a Manchester-based biotech start-up as a senior data scientist, a lecturer in statistics and operations research at the University of Limerick in Ireland, and then a data scientist consultant at Infosys in London.
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, and a PhD.
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 delivering 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. 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.