Our leadership

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Our leadership2018-08-23T11:43:16+00:00

Our leadership

Board of management

Patrick Moore – Chair

Patrick has served on our board since 2010. He has a long-standing interest in charitable and community service, and a commitment to helping people with additional needs. He considers it a privilege to help our learners lead as full lives as possible.

As a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for more than 40 years, Patrick offers valuable expertise when it comes to the residential side of our organisation. He also draws on more than 25 years’ experience as a volunteer director for a small housing association, providing accommodation for vulnerable elderly persons.

Patrick is an established member of Rotary and before that, Round Table. He also spent several years volunteering for a local church group, visiting Lourdes, France with people with disabilities and additional needs.

Theresa Houghton – Chair of the Education Committee

Theresa joined our Education Committee in May 2013. Although she originally trained as a nurse, she moved into teaching 20 years ago after completing a history degree at the University of Kent.

She previously held a senior management role at Ludlow College, Shropshire, and is now a director of Darwin Training Ltd, specialising in providing apprenticeship and management training for the healthcare sector.

Benjamin Michael Blakemore – Board Member

Mike joined Condover College in 2005. He brings 30 years’ experience in the education and care sectors and holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s in education management and a bachelor’s of philosophy in special educational needs.

With experience in a variety of management posts in the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors (including that of headmaster), Mike has plenty to offer our organisation. He has worked for the state system, private residential sector and charities of all sizes.

Mike’s son, who has a severe learning disability, is also a resident at Condover College.

Bernadette McGill – Board Member

Bernadette has been with Condover College from the very beginning, as she was married to Steve, our founder.

Their son was our first student and is still with Condover College today. This means Bernadette is heavily invested in ensuring the care and opportunities we provide are of the highest quality.

Bernadette previously worked for the visual impairment service and has three other children.

Edward Henderson, DMS – Board Member

Edward joined Condover College in 2005. He is a parent of one of our learners and brings more than 30 years’ experience in specialist adult further education, particularly in assessing student needs and training support staff.

He also has experience as the chair of governors at a school for people with speech and language difficulties.

Gordon Wilson – Board Member

Gordon has served on our board since 2013. He joined us with extensive experience in the civil service, first at HM Revenue & Customs, then the Inland Revenue Information Technology Office. Later he moved to the Real Estate and Accommodation Office before transitioning to work in electronic data systems.

Prior to joining Condover College, Gordon also advised government and private organisations as part of the UK and Europe real estate team at CBRE, the world’s largest commercial property and real estate services firm.

Gareth-Lee Smith – Board Member

Gareth joined our board in 2015. As a lawyer, he provides invaluable legal advice and support for our day-to-day operations.

He has an LLB in law from Swansea University and undertook an LLM in commercial law at the University of Birmingham in 2016/17. He is also currently training to become a barrister.

Gareth feels proud to contribute to the board at Condover College, and says he hopes to continue helping our organisation provide exceptionally high-quality services for many years to come.

Charlotte Ward – Board Member

Charlotte joined our board in 2018. She has worked in a variety of administrative roles for Condover College and is now a ICAEW Chartered Accountant to the board.

Originally from Shrewsbury, Charlotte has experience in a variety of administrative roles at Condover College before, during and after achieving her BSc in Mathematics at The University of Manchester. Charlotte has first-hand experience and appreciation for the work CCL does to support our young people, and is now an Auditor for a large professional services firm in Liverpool.

Executive group

Vikki Pryce – Chief Executive

As our chief executive, Vikki leads us in our mission to help learners pursue their dreams and aspirations through quality care, education and support.

Vikki brings many years of knowledge and experience to her role and is dedicated to improving the lives of the people we support. She is proud to be part of such a strong team and enjoys seeing our learners progress.

Before joining Condover College in 2004, Vikki worked for the Royal National Institute for the Blind with children who had severe learning difficulties and complex health needs.

She is a fellow of the Institute for Leadership and Management and holds an NVQ Level 4 in Leadership and Management for Care Services (Registered Manager’s Award, units A1 and V1).

Neil Bradburn – Finance Manager

Neil leads our finance team, managing the preparation of all our accounts, negotiating funding and ensuring a watertight budget. He joined us in a part-time capacity in 2005, before going full-time in 2014.

Neil brings a great deal of expertise to our organisation, having been a chartered accountant for 14 years, specialising in owner-managed businesses, charities and housing associations.
He believes the most rewarding aspect of working for Condover College is being able to use his skills to create surplus funds to reinvest in our organisation for the benefit of our learners.

Tracy Gillett – Head of Education

Tracy is our ultra-organised, enthusiastic head of education who has many years’ experience working in the special education sector.

She started her career as an SEN tutor and work experience coordinator at a further education college. After several years as deputy head at a specialist college in Greater Manchester – where she introduced and played a key role in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme – she moved to Condover College in 2012.

Tracy is passionate about special education for young adults and has a master’s degree in special educational needs and inclusion from Manchester Metropolitan University and current experience inspecting educational provisions for high-needs students.

Jo Turley – Head of Care and Support

Jo is our head of care and support and has been with us from day one. She previously worked at the RNIB Condover Hall School and started with Condover College as a deputy manager. She has been head of care and support since 2007.

Jo comes from a family of caring professionals and is known for being supportive, caring and always willing to go the extra mile. She enjoys meeting new people and raising money for charity, and has managed to combine the two by running the Condover College charity ball for the last nine years.

She has a level 5 qualification from the Institute for Leadership and Management, qualifications in health and social care and is the manual handling trainer for our organisation.

Benjamin Michael Blakemore – Funding and Transition Coordinator

Mike joined Condover College in 2005. He brings 30 years’ experience in the education and care sectors and holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s in education management and a bachelor’s of philosophy in special educational needs.

With experience in a variety of management posts in the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors (including that of headmaster), Mike has plenty to offer our organisation. He has worked for the state system, private residential sector and charities of all sizes.

Mike’s son, who has a severe learning disability, is also a resident at Condover College.