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David Shaw

Operations Coordinator Workforce Development

My career began with the Coal Board as a mining crafts apprentice in 1979 while at college, working alongside in various mining areas. I settled in the underground locomotive and maintenance department before moving which led to me running my own department at the age of 22.

Having left mining in 1995, I undertook employment into engineering with Dormer Tools Sheffield Ltd.  I worked in heat treatment and machining, training as a CNC operator before moving to the laboratory as a QA Technician. I soon transferred to the steel warehouse, managing the area for six years. It was at this time I went into training, studying lean manufacturing, contractual law and Health and Safety with the AEEU trade Union prior to becoming the site’s lean trainer.

I moved to full time training in 2007, working nationally with various private training providers. Prior to coming to North Lindsey, I managed Gateshead College’s National Team delivering Pre-employment, commercial and apprenticeships within the automotive, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

In 2017 I joined North Lindsey College to manage Workforce Development, delivering commercial training courses alongside work-based learning using SSW and AEB funding.

I have a passion for training within industry and believe you never stop learning throughout your life.


Workforce Development

Louise Sharp


I started my career at British Rail in York working at the Property Board and Golden Rail Holidays, I worked my way through the switchboard, customer services, purchase and sales ledger and credit control.

I moved to Askham Bryan College, York and had responsibility for the Finance departments. I left there to come and work at North Lindsey College and thoroughly enjoy my role which has expanded over the years from Finance to Exams, Customer Services, Learner Finance and the Nursery.

In my current role as Director of Business Services I am responsible for the Ofsted Outstanding Children’s Centre, Fitness Suite, the Catering contract, the Print and Design unit and the Cleaning team. I work closely with the Head of Estates on day-to-day campus issues, capital works and the strategic direction of the Estate.  I am also the support staff Governor on the Corporation at North Lindsey College.

Business Services

Mel Markham

HR Assistant

I left the University of Lincoln in 2009 and subsequently applied for a vacancy within North Lindsey College for an Apprentice in Personnel. I was successfully interviewed and started my Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in February 2010 and completed both the Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 21 months. From this I was successful in gaining the permanent role of Human Resources Assistant. North Lindsey is a great place to work and there are plenty of opportunities available to learn something new.

Human Resources

Jessica Iyamu

HE Life Science Lecturer

Jessica gained her BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science from the University of Hull. Jessica then continued to complete  an MSc in Translational Oncology from University of Sheffield Medical School. Jessica is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Lincoln looking into the late effects of paediatric cancer treatment.

Jessica has experience of working in the animal management industry and in medical research.

Higher Education

Emma Buttrick

Programme Tutor

I previously worked in industry as a Biomedical Assistant at Scunthorpe Hospital.

A major aspect of this role was to deal with a wide range of bodily fluids such as blood and urine!

In my current role I love to teach the students something different, always in in a different way that engages and inspires them.  I am keen to raise awareness of Dementia and I have continued to support this at College and in the community.

It excites me seeing students achieve their goals, I like seeing them happy, healthy and successful!

Health & Social Care

Alan Rayment


I am a bilateral amputee and a former truck driver who had both legs amputated due to leg ulcers and MRSA in 1997 and have been in a wheelchair ever since.

I have completed the London Marathon, Great North Run, hand cycled from Lands’ End to John O’Groats and completed the Tough Guy 10km race, known as the most dangerous race in the world. In racing I have also collected medals at National, European and World level and one of the original members of Team GB para triathlon squad, representing GB since 2008.

In 2011 I was given an Honorary Degree by Prof David Fleming in Doctor of Health Science, this was in recognition of my contribution to sport, this was in addition to my own degree from Huddersfield University as a teacher.  I have worked at North Lindsey College for 10 years, starting out as the Duty Officer at Kingsway Fitness Suite and for the past 6 years the Manager.

My quote in life is anything is possible…

Kingsway Fitness Suite

Daniel Fenwick

Assistant Principal FE Curriculum

After leaving school I obtained a job at a car garage and retailer and worked up from a trainee to a branch manager. At the age of 25 I decided to take my career in a different direction and I came to North Lindsey to do a degree in Social Sciences. I completed this with First Class honours. I started out as a teacher and am now Assistant Principal for HE Curriculum.  My success is due as much to other staff at North Lindsey College as well as my hard work and a determination to do what is right for the students.

Although my role has changed, one thing remains constant and that’s the privilege that is teaching students. I am in a position to change people’s lives for the better. When students go on to become qualified Midwives, Nurses, Social Workers changing people’s lives for the better, I know for certain I really am doing something worthwhile.

Further Education

Dan Bown

Programme Leader

Dan gained his BSc (Hons) Animal Biology, Microbiology & Biochemistry from Nottingham Trent University in 2013. Dan continued and has now completed the MRes Applied Anthrozoology focusing on the science of the human animal interaction in relation to welfare science.

Dan has bred multiple champion Bullmastiffs under the ‘Sundabish’ kennel name and judges at Championship show level within the UK. He bred Champion Sundabish Mr Majeika who was Best of Breed at Crufts 2017.

Dan teaches across both years of the Bioscience programme on the Microbiology and Genetics modules.

Higher Education

Antoune Holmes

Employability Facilitator

Left North Lindsey College in 1965, after completing my two year programme of study in Engineering.

I joined the RAF as an apprentice then became an Aircraft Engineer, doing this for 12 years and then moving to work for British Steel where I taught Electronics.

I became a commissions engineer and I started up plants all over the world, moving to the United States to work in the plastic industry as a chief designer for control companies before moving back to England.

I then worked as the manager director for American company, who manufactured products in Lincolnshire for brewery companies. After 11 years of retirement decided came to North Lindsey College and share my life experience with the next generation as an employability facilitator and tutor for Engineering.


Andy Hensby

Programme Tutor

I previously worked as a lorry driver on the Steel Works, alongside my full-time job I decided to work towards a degree in Sports Science here at North Lindsey College.

Following successful completion of my degree I worked for North Lincolnshire Council in sports development, undertook some voluntary work as an Intern for the University Centre and eventually got my first paid teaching job!

I did guest talks as a sports lecturer then moved across to FE as a Health and Social Care tutor.

I like the fact every day’s different, I can make a difference to someone’s future and I believe anyone can be what they want to become.

Health and Social Care

Alison Gray

Group Director Quality Assurance

I started teaching part-time evening classes whilst self-employed at the age of 21, this led onto a full-time teaching career whilst balancing family and work life in my late twenties. I have worked at Hull College as a lecturer and most recently at East Riding College as a Senior Manager. I have the experience of working in a merged college and look forward to moving this agenda on in my new group role.

As part of my CPD, I qualified as an Ofsted Inspector and now inspect as a part-time serving practitioner, this brings useful and current practice back to the day job. I have never felt so welcome in an institution and the reception I have had from both sites has been exceptional and thank you to those whom I have met already. In term of inspiration, I never under estimate the power and stimulus of student voice and I am always interested to hear their views, this is one of the fascinating aspects of the job as positive changes can be made as a result of collecting these messages.

My mantra in a quality role is simply “say what you see” although I resonate with this African proverb “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” I look forward to working with you all.

Quality Improvement

David Thorpe

Programme Tutor

My background is predominantly in Learning Disability Services and also supporting individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Previously I was the manager of care home for the elderly and a supported living service that catered for people with physical disabilities, severe epilepsy and behavioural difficulties.

I spent 12 years working in Social Care from a Support Worker role, through Intensive Behavioural Support for the Local Authority, Senior and Team Leader roles and also Registered Manager of Care Home and Supported Living Services. I completed a PGCE at North Lindsey College and after a couple of years of teaching at a small community organisation, I started in the Health and Social Care department at NLC in August 2018.

Health & Social Care