Simon’s first graduate job was as a systems analyst in the nuclear power industry. Five years later, Simon entered the education profession as a mathematics teacher in 1993. Since that time, he has held a wide variety of teaching and managerial roles within Sixth Form Colleges and General Further Education Colleges in the North of England.
Simon was appointed Principal and Chief Executive at Runshaw College in September 2013 having joined as Assistant Principal in 2006.
Since its initial formation in 1974, Runshaw has developed into one of the largest and most successful providers of 16-18 education in the country and it also meets the needs of adult learners and employers within its local communities. The sixth form centre in Leyland offers a wide range of A Levels and vocational programmes whilst the Chorley campus provides a range of Adult FE and HE courses, and training for apprentices.
Runshaw has been an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ college for more than 25 years, and it has a national reputation for excellence. Its primary aims are to ‘meet the needs of its community’ whilst also being ‘a fantastic place to study’ and ‘a fantastic place to work’; learner outcomes are consistently outstanding in terms of attainment, added value and progression and satisfaction levels at the college are extremely high from all key stakeholder groups, including students, staff and employers.