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'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' – students prepare to emerge from lockdown life

3 Jun 2020

'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' – students prepare to emerge from lockdown life

Students at Northampton College have recorded a ‘virtual cover version’ of a classic feelgood song to highlight their hopes for...

Virtual Open Event to give a digital peek behind College's closed doors

13 May 2020

Virtual Open Event to give a digital peek behind College's closed doors

Prospective students searching for a new start once the COVID-19 lockdown is over can experience what it’s like to study...

david smith small for websiteAfter graduating from the University of Hertfordshire as a scientist, I have worked for The Open University in a number of operational and strategic roles. I’m currently a Strategy Manager working alongside the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Team to manage the process of reporting and analysing institutional performance. I’m also responsible for the development and review of the University Strategy and for addressing key organisational problems through analytical outputs. I also chair a University wide group to improve our understanding of data. I previously worked in one of the Pro-Vice Chancellor offices working with the faculties to develop and monitor their academic and financial plans. I’ve also worked in Student Services as a Project Manager and directly supporting students including as a Director of three Residential Schools. Since then I’ve completed a MSc in Science and a Professional Certificate in Management with the University.

philip hiltonEducated at Cambridge and Liverpool Universities, I have a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry. My career has been in the plastics and packaging industries, initially in operations and then in running businesses. I was a director of RPC Group Plc, Europe’s leading manufacturer of rigid plastics packaging (headquartered in Rushden). Latterly I was based in Germany, with responsibility for a division with eleven businesses across Europe. I served as a member of the Council of the British Plastics Federation.

Following retirement, I spent three months teaching at a tribal school in south India. My current activities include being vice-chair of Langley House Trust, an organisation for the resettlement of ex-offenders, and involvement in business start-ups. I am a member of the Horners' Livery Company – with a special interest in education, training and apprenticeships in the plastics industry. I was formerly a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Wellingborough Prison.

bill chalker webAfter 38 years as a career banker and two years consulting I have retired to focus on supporting my family in particular our first two grandchildren. My banking career followed a non-traditional path through the branch hierarchy up to lending manager but also included several years as a technical lecturer for bank managers. I then moved into Cash Management, enabling major corporates to integrate their automated payments and receipts mechanisms and data with the banking system.

In my own time I have been a financial broadcaster, a scout leader; a school governor for 22 years, Mentor for Uprising in Bedford through The Harpur Trust; Chair, Vice Chair, Director and Responsible Officer of the Sharnbrook Academy Federation (incorporating 4 Academies); Chair of Risk & Audit Committee for 4 years; Independent Examiner of Annual Accounts for local charitable organisations; Area Homewatch Co-ordinator and Editor of Oakley Newsletter for Oakley Parish Council.

robert daveyI am Commercial Banking Director for Metro Bank, a challenger to the big 4. I lead a team who manage corporate clients across the region. My background in financial services is varied, with roles in risk, strategy and product development that has seen me work in Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London.

Following a Business degree at University in Leicester I have completed various programs at Cranfield University and hold the Association of Corporate Treasurers qualification.

In addition to the day job, I am Visiting Fellow at Lord Ashcroft International Business School working with Graduate and MBA students; Director and Chair the Finance & Governance committee at Cambridge BID Limited and also Director and consultant for a niche brake disc business.

Participating in sport has always played a pivotal role in my life. Whilst still active myself, inevitably a large chunk of time outside of work is spent as a taxi-driver for my young family to a hockey, football, cricket or athletics fixture.

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Kelvin Bennin, Level 3 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Kelvin Bennin, Level 3 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

"Attending Northampton College was my first taste of education in the UK. I moved here from Ghana and had always enjoyed working on cars so I thought about a course...

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