CEO of the Capital City College Group
Following a career of over 30 years in the FE sector, Andy recently led the formation of the Capital City College Group. Prior to this, Andy was Principal of Westminster Kingsway College. Previously, Andy was Deputy Principal at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College and Vice Principal at the College of NE London. Andy took a particular interest in Apprenticeships and adult skills through his six years as a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) Board, its Skills Portfolio Group and a number of other groups developing and advising on policy. He was a partner in establishing and chaired the London Apprenticeship Company, the UK’s first Apprenticeship Training Agency, and is a founder member of the London Capital Colleges group of the largest London colleges. He has been a member of groups advising the AoC, SFA and LSC on capital projects and chaired the RIBA Learning & Skills Client Forum during the Building Colleges for the Future initiative.
Group Director of HR and Organisational Development
As Group Director HR and OD for Capital City College Group, Claire has responsibility for HR, Organisational Development, Learning and Development, Equality and Diversity and internal communications. Prior to this Claire led the HR & OD team at City and Islington College which supported the College to achieve IiP Gold and UKIED Gold. Claire is an experienced HR practitioner with an extensive background working in eduction.
Director of Governance
Graham started his career as an Economics and Business Studies teacher and after working as an A level examiner for the University of London Board (now Pearson). He held a number of managerial roles within national awarding bodies, including the Chemical Industries Association where he was the development manager for an NVQ awarding body across the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. In 2002, he joined the Open College Network (London) where he was Director of Quality and in 2005 he was appointed as the Clerk to the Governing Body at Newham College. In 2008 he took up a similar role at City and Islington College as the Assistant Principal, and is now the Director of Governance at the Capital City College Group.
Principal of City and Islington College
Andy Forbes is currently Principal of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, having served for six years as Principal of Hertford Regional College. Previously he was Vice Principal at Blackpool and the Fylde College, and before that he was Director of Widening Participation at The Oldham College. He began his career as a secondary school teacher of English and Drama, before making the transition to further education by joining Manchester College. He has served as a school governor, Chair of a Housing Association, Chair of Oldham Race Equality Partnership and specialist adviser to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Social Cohesion. His work with Oldham Housing Department won a National Training Award in 1996. He served for seven years as a member of the OCR Examinations Board Policy Committee and more recently has been a Trustee of UCAS. He is now Chair of the Board of UCAS Media. Andy has a Degree in English and an MA from Cambridge University and a PGCE and Diploma in Management Sciences from Manchester University.
Principal of Westminster Kingsway College
Kim has worked in education for over 30 years starting in secondary schools and then transferring into Further Education. She has held senior management positions in a number of central London colleges and most recently has taken the role of College Principal at Westminster Kingsway College. Her interest has been in 16-18 education and pedagogy. She has contributed to expert panel groups on study programmes and has led on Teaching and Learning, introducing coaches and a culture of continuous professional learning and development. Kim was also a senior examiner for A level for many years and sits on Pearson’s Advisory Board for Post 16. She is a trustee for Coram Life Education and also for OCN London. Kim has lectured for the Open University and has managed HE provision in further education in medical science.
Interim Principal of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
Kurt has worked in Further Education for over 20 years across two countries, formally serving as Director, Vice Principal and Deputy Principal at College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London. Kurt is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and begun his career in the New Zealand Army before moving into the private sector and then onto teaching in further education at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) in New Zealand. Kurt was Chief Examiner to NZQA’s Automotive Engineering National Examinations for 3 years and also a World Skills National Judge before moving to East Berkshire College in the UK in 2004. Here he managed the Engineering and Computing provision also achieving Centre of Vocational Excellence (COVE) status in Automotive Engineering. Kurt has a long history of vocational and apprenticeship training delivery both in New Zealand and the UK including running national training contracts for industry. Kurt has managed significant technical innovation and has led on many teaching and learning projects including, most recently, the ETF Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA), Flexible Learning project in Cyber Security and Industry Placement pilots in preparation for T-levels.
Managing Director of Capital City College Training
Paul had an early career in banking, working for Lloyds, Bank of Scotland and BZW. This culminated in him becoming Director of the dealing room for EFG Private Bank, where he stayed for 9 years. Paul then moved to BPP to deliver training courses for the Finance Division. Here he structured bespoke programmes for investment banks on swaps and derivatives, as well as delivering public courses for the CISI qualifications. In 1998 he co-founded Absolutely Training which specialised in delivering on line training. As CEO he led it to become the largest supplier of regulation and compliance training in the UK. He partnered with the British Bankers Association to become the market leader in anti-money laundering training. Having taken senior positions at Unicorn Training, Incisive Media and ILX Group he is now MD of Capital City College Training.