Nick is married with two children and lives in Holywell.
On leaving St Richard Gwyn High School, he joined British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Division as an Apprentice Engineer. Working through an Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship, Nick completed a HND in Electrical/Electronics Engineering in the then ‘Kelsterton College’ (which became Deeside College and now Coleg Cambria).
As an Aircraft Systems Engineer, Nick was sponsored to successfully complete a 2:1 Honours Degree in Liverpool University.
Having spent many years as a manager in various manufacturing organisations across Europe, Nick joined the then Deeside College in 1999 as a lecturer. He completed his PGCE in 2001 and also achieved the status of Chartered Engineer. In 2002 Nick was appointed to the position of Programme Area Manager and since then has been influential in developing close working partnerships with employers, anticipating their needs and keeping up to date with the latest innovation and technological developments.
Nick was the key driver in developing the largest FE Construction and Engineering Department in Wales and was instrumental in ensuring the directorate was designated as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ and graded as ‘excellent’ in three successive Estyn inspections.
He was promoted to Assistant Principal & Director of Learning at Coleg Cambria in June 2016 and in that position has continued to play a leading role in the development of Engineering and Construction provision and the growth in ‘Learners’ and ‘Apprentices’ within the sector. The Engineering and Construction Learning Directorate is as large as some UK colleges! In that capacity he has had a significant input into Coleg Cambria’s long-term strategic plan for maintaining its reputation for excellence.
In recent years Nick has successfully created strong links with local schools, stressing the importance of broadening the curriculum in order to engage with more students.
Over three-hundred 14-16 year olds have completed qualifications which complemented their school programmes and gave them better access to further and higher education or employment. In addition to holding one of the senior posts at the College, he is also the college link for all school partnerships and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) strategy.
He Chairs the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) Engineering network and assists the SSC SEMTA in defining Engineering activity and provision in Wales. He is also a member of the National Skills Academy Provider Advisory Board and is a member of the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) Steering Group.
As a Learning Area Lead Inspector with Estyn, he participated in the pilot for the new inspection arrangements.
Nick says, “Whether in college or in school my emphasis will always be ‘learners first’ and putting their success at the heart of any decisions we may make.”
Whilst Nick enjoys most sports, his passion is for motorcycling and he enjoys playing cricket at his local club Carmel.
As a member of the IEB, Nick’s extensive experience of Estyn inspection and knowledge of the wider education and employment sectors will be invaluable.