CV

CATHERINE PREST  MA, Dip Ed Man, LCG, Cert Ed

 

Personal Profile

 

‘A natural leader with excellent leadership and management skills and an ability to inspire confidence and support staff at all levels. I am a strategic thinker and effective networker, with a track record of achieving results. I am a completer finisher’

 

Prest Education Management Solutions

 

Managing Director, Sept 2011 – present

 

Plumpton College                                                               April 2017 – July 2017

•  Interim Director.

•  Reviewing existing college systems to ensure that clear processes and policies are in place.

 

Morley College                                                               Feb 2017 – present

•  Delivering a bespoke coaching programme for Heads of School to increase their leadership and management capacity.

 

Canterbury College                                                               July 2016 – Dec 2016

•  Interim Head of Canterbury College.

•  Responsible for the strategic and operational leadership, management and development of Canterbury College.

•  Canterbury College had a successful visit from Ofsted in February 2017 and they reported “The clarity and openness of communication around the short-and-medium term plans for the college have had a significantly positive impact on the morale and energy of staff, to the benefit of students.”

 

East Kent College                                                               Jan 2016 – July 2016

•  Interim Principal, Dover Campus

•  Quality review of their Broadstairs Campus and Virtual Campus.

•  Analyses and report for the Principal and senior staff.

 

BDO LLP                                                               Nov 2015 – Dec 2015

•  Due Diligence of quality and curriculum in preparation for a merger.
•  Preparation of a presentation for merger partners.

 

Stanmore College                                                                Oct 2015 – Nov 2015

•  Supporting and directing curriculum managers to develop and deliver post-inspection quality improvement plans

•  Coaching and mentoring curriculum managers to raise standards in teaching, learning and assessment.

 

East Kent College                                                               Sept 2014 – April 2015

•  Coaching and Mentoring Campus Principals, Vice Principal and Curriculum Directors in leadership and management skills.

•  Development and progress reporting of the Post Inspection Action Plan following their transfer of campuses from K College.

•  Supporting curriculum managers to develop and deliver their quality improvement plans and raise standards in teaching, learning and assessment.

•  Interim Campus Principal at Folkestone whilst they recruited to the post.

•  The college had a successful Ofsted visit on 23rd April and acknowledged that ‘effective steps had been taken to strengthen management’.

 

Activate Learning                                                               Aug 2013 – Aug 2014

•  Coaching and mentoring Assistant Principals and Interim Principal at City of Oxford College, Banbury and Bicester College and Reading College.

•  Reviewed, revised and developed the self-assessment process for both the curriculum areas and the Activate Learning Group.

•  Supporting curriculum managers and group service managers to develop and deliver their quality improvement plans and raise standards in teaching, learning and assessment.

•  Assisted the college with the validation of their Self-assessment Report. (judged Good in January 2014).

 

Aylesbury College                                                                Jan 2013 – May 2013

•  Supporting curriculum managers and group service managers to develop and deliver their quality improvement plans.

•  Curriculum reviews and raising standards.

•  Supporting the Principal and Deputy Principal to prepare for Ofsted inspection (judged Good May 2013).

 

Walsall College                                                                     Feb 2012 – Nov 2012

•  Interim Deputy Principal.

•  Preparing the college for Ofsted Inspection (judged Outstanding in all aspects February 2013).

•  Development of the Self-Assessment Report 2011/12.

•  Development of the Curriculum Strategy 2012/2015.

 

Exeter College, Havering Sixth Form College, Plumpton College, Writtle College, Kidderminster College, West Nottinghamshire College, Eastleigh College, Cadbury 6th Form College, Barking and Dagenham College, Epping Forest College, Skills for Security Ltd.
Various dates

•  Quality assurance and improvement support.

•  Lesson observations

•  SAR Validations and inspection preparation for Ofsted inspections.

•  Self-assessment preparation for Governors.

•  Mock inspections and curriculum reviews

 

Stroud College                                                                     May 2011

•  Development of a Strategic Options Review

•  Merger proposal

 

Seed Creativity Ltd.

Director                        2015 – present

•  Strategic consulting, including planning and sales strategy development.
•  Advising on education and training services.

•  Quality assurance and improvement.

•  Member of the steering committee and company secretary

 

Inspector

Further Education and Skills Inspector                        2009 – present

•  Member of the core team inspecting teaching, learning and assessment and leadership and management.

•  Inspections carried out at Birmingham Metropolitan, Leyton, Worthing, Portsmouth, John Ruskin, Richard Taunton, Coulsdon, Somerset, St. Vincent’s, Redbridge, Kingston Maurward and Hartpury Colleges and B2B Engage, Dimensions, SPAN, Slough Pitstop project, independent learning providers.

 

Guildford College

Independent Corporation member                        2016 – present

•  Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee

 

East Surrey College

Independent Corporation member                        2012 – 2016

•  Member of the Learning and Quality Committee
•  Inspected December 2014 and secured an overall Good grade with grade one curriculum areas placing the college in the top three colleges inspected 14/15

Surrey Police Authority

Vice Chair Standards Committee, 2009 – 2012

•  Liaison arrangements with the Standards Board for England,
•  Monitoring of compliance with policy and procedure, audit, inspection and self assessment and the progress made against any recommendations and required improvements

 

Guildford College of Further and Higher Education

Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality 2005-2011

 

Main purpose of the role and principal accountabilities

 

•  Member of the Executive Team reporting directly to the Principal and Chief Executive

•  Provide strategic direction and leadership for Curriculum and Quality (circa 600 curriculum staff, 12000 students, £40 m turnover, all 15 sector subject areas, substantial WBL, and ESF contracts)

•  Quality Improvement and assurance including self assessment and validation

•  Curriculum development, design and delivery

•  Performance management of staff and students

 

Major Achievements

 

•  As the College Nominee I have led the college through  two successful full inspections in 2005 and 2009 the latter demonstrating significant improvements in success rates and judged Good with Outstanding features

•  As the College Nominee I have worked with lead inspectors on numerous assessment/monitoring visits, a good practice inspection in Landbased, two national inspections one  in Level 3 provision and the other in Initial Teacher Training and a Care Standards Inspection with CSCI

•  I am a trained member of the  South East Peer Review Group and have undertaken peer reviews in Leadership and Management and curriculum in three GFE colleges in the last 18 months

•  Successfully completed a Senior Leadership Programme with the Centre for Excellence in Leadership

•  Successfully merged with a local 6th Form College (Farnham) which has been publicly acclaimed by Ofsted and the LSC

•  Led and managed a complete curriculum and quality reorganisations and implemented a structure with clear reporting lines and accountabilities based on clear principles and objectives

 

Vice Principal for Learners 1999-2005

 

Main purpose of the role and principal accountabilities

 

•  Member of the Executive Team reporting directly to the Principal and Chief Executive

•  Provide strategic direction and leadership for the learner services to include; Educational Learner Support, Additional Learner Support, Student Services, Information, Advice and Guidance, Marketing and PR, Information Learning Communication Technology, Continuous Professional Development.

•  Most senior manager based at Merrist Wood campus providing strategic direction and implementation of recent merger

•  Management performance

•  Financial viability for Learner Services

•  Quality and standards

 

Major Achievements

 

•  I have successfully project managed a merger between Guildford College and Merrist Wood ( land based college) in August 2003

•  I have successfully managed an IT connectivity project across both campuses costing £900k

•  I led and managed a comprehensive learner support service for circa 20,000 students within a strategic framework

•  I led the College through a successful Training Standards Council Inspection to be listed in the top 23 of 400 training providers inspected that year for its work based learning

•  I was the lead Director for successful FEFC inspection for Support for Students gaining a grade 2 good provision in which the strengths clearly outweighed the weaknesses

•  I managed a £4.5 million budget whilst implementing efficiency savings contributing to the College going from a deficit budget to a surplus budget in  three years

•  I applied for and project managed over £400,000 of additional grants

•  I carried out a complete review and restructuring of the learner support services and implemented clear lines of accountability based on clear principles and objectives

•  I implemented new more efficient and effective business processes resulting in increased enrolments, more rigorous data capture and improved student retention

•  I undertook a comprehensive piece of internal research on widening participation which resulted in increase in enrolments of disadvantaged students and ethnic minority groups

•  My management and leadership ability contributed to the College being the first College in the South East to successfully be awarded Business Excellence bronze award for leadership, policy and strategy, people management, resources, processes, customer satisfaction, people satisfaction, impact on society and business results

 

Head of External Relations 1996 – 1999

 

Main purpose of the role and principal accountabilities

•  Assist in the preparation of the College strategic plan, annual operating statements and the delivery of a high quality resource service

•  Responsible for the College marketing and public relations activities

•  Responsible for the promotion of the College to the schools sector

•  Responsible for the development of widening participation and directing the work of the community liaison manager

•  Responsible for the management and development of TEC and employment service funded work

•  Member of the senior management team

•  Member of the College strategic planning group

•  Member of cross College committees to include academic board, fees committee, self assessment and IiP steering groups

•  Responsible for the Unit’s operational budget –  £1,264,170 per annum

 

Major Achievements

•  Increased the potential income from the Surrey TEC and secured a New Deal contract to a value of £100,000.

•  Developed an innovative programme for disengaged young people and managed the partnership with the YMCA and PRU

•  As a member of one of Woking Borough Council’s strategic planning groups, we successfully won a £3.4 million Single Regeneration Bid.

•  Increased the number of enquiries over a two year period by 55%

•  Significantly increased the marketing activities whilst providing better value for money

•  Researched and analysed labour market information and College management information in order to inform the College strategic plan.

•  Streamlined the enquiry procedure to include improved electronic communication, customer friendly answering and voicemail service, regular follow-up, monitoring and evaluation.

 

Head of Adult and Schools Liaison 1994 – 1996

 

Principal Accountabilities

•  Assist the College senior management to develop strategies, policies, and procedures in line with the College corporate plan

•  Consult with senior management in order to provide an effective Adult Education provision

•  Organise links with minority and disadvantaged groups in order to provide appropriate educational facilities

•  Oversee links with schools and form links with senior staff in feeder schools and Colleges

 

Major Achievements

 

•  Introduced, developed and managed franchise contracts resulting in over 100,000 units of activity during that period

•  Developed and managed the College’s first Outreach Centre providing education and training in the community

•  Managed the partnership arrangement between the College and Surrey Adult Education Services

•  Initiated the first College prospectus and publications aimed at the promotion of education and training opportunities for adults

•  Developed a successful employee development programme for, bid and won £10,000 from Surrey TEC to develop employee development programmes amongst local businesses

•  Masterminded the College’s first mobile learning centre as part of a widening participation strategy

 

Deputy Head of Customer Services 1991 – 1994

 

•  Managed a team of people responsible for the delivery of TEC and Government sponsored training programmes, annual turnover £1 million

•  Initiated, developed and managed the College’s central work placement units which placed 2000 students each year with local companies

•  Networked with external organisations to include employment service, career service and probation service

•  Managed a team of teaching and support staff

 

Section Leader: Training and Enterprise Unit (Senior Lecturer) 1989 – 1991

 

•  Managed a range of full and part-time courses

•  Co-ordinated and promoted a range of short courses for local businesses

•  Instrumental in developing and managing the first of many Government sponsored adult training programmes

 

Full and Part time teaching posts 1976-1989

 

Education

2010   –    Ofsted Inspector Training, Tribal

2008   –    Fellow, Institute for Learning

2006   –    Senior Leadership Programme, Centre for Excellence in Leadership

2001   –    Leadership Training, HayGroup

1994   –    MA School and College Management, Kingston University

1994   –    City and Guilds Staff Assessors Awards, Brooklands College

1991   –    Diploma in Education Management, Thames Polytechnic

1988   –    RSA Certificate for Vocational PreparationTutors, Guildford College

1987   –    Certificate in Education, Brooklands College

1986   –    Licentiateship of City and Guilds Institute, Awarded

1984   –    City and Guilds Management Cert.

 

 Published Papers

‘Action research enquiry into managing and planning the provision of outreach from a college of further education’

Learning and Skills Development Agency Annual Research Conference, Cambridge University  December 2001

 

‘Developing action research cycles to plan and manage change’

Kingston University Action Research Group Annual Conference June 1998

 

‘Can action research approaches help me to improve my contribution to the planning and managing of change in a College of further education?’

Collaborative Action Research Network International Conference  October 1997

 

‘How can we contribute to a better quality of life for adult learners?’

Collaborative Action Research Network International Conference October 1996