Our Vision & Mission Statement ensures we have a positive impact for our students, our businesses and our community.
Karen Mitchell - Principal and Chief Executive
Karen is a passionate supporter of technical, professional and vocational skills, education and training. Her focus is on serving students, employers and the wider community through leading an outstanding inclusive learning experience, which prepares young people and adults to realise their ambition and achieve long-term success in work and life. She strongly believes that Colleges should be at the heart of the community, transforming lives and driving local and regional economic success and social well-being.
Karen is a Trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation and is Vice Chair for Youth Concern. She is a Board member of the Bucks UTC and Bucks Education Skills and Training (BEST), and sits on the Bucks Thames Valley LEP Skills and Enterprise Board. She is a member of the ETF/Saïd Business School, Oxford University development steering group for the Strategic Leadership Programme for further education CEOs and preparing for CEOs programmes.
Karen is a leadership mentor and coach and holds a range of teaching and coaching qualifications as well as a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management and has completed the CEO Strategic Leadership Programme at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
Clare Rooney - Vice Principal Learning & Quality
Her passion within her quality role is to provide all students across all curriculum areas with a high quality, inspirational teaching and learning experience. Clare has previously worked as an inspector for Ofsted, holds a post 16 teaching degree and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management.
John McGrath - Vice Principal Corporate Services
John is a qualified accountant and his background includes a significant amount of commercial finance and change management.
Isobel Ellison - Executive Director Human Resources
In addition, Isobel brings educational skills gained from being an Associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University Business School, Associate Member of Quality Service Improvement and Redesign from NHS Innovation and is an Enterprise Advisor to schools via the Thames Valley LEP.
Isobel’s work history started, in the private sector, at Acordis before moving to Oxford Brookes University as an HR Manager. Since then she has worked at Buckinghamshire County Council, evolving to Strategic Business Partner for Communities, Health and Adult Social Care. In this role she was responsible for the delivery of workforce strategy, change programmes and the HR leadership of over 1000 employees.
Val Cumberland - Executive Director of Business Development & Marketing
Most of this has been within the public sector working closely with several Government Departments to lead cross government campaigns. Choosing to leave the Skills Funding Agency in 2016 and bring her skills and knowledge from a national level into a college environment she took up a role as Head of Marketing at Hertford Regional College.
In January 2018 Val joined Buckinghamshire College Group to develop the strategic priorities in growth, business and commercial development and marketing. She will continue to support the skills agenda by understanding the needs of local businesses and promoting work based learning including apprenticeships and traineeships.
Richard Kirkman - Executive Director Curriculum Design and Planning
Jo Milsom - Executive Director Student Support and Services
In 2010, Jo joined Amersham & Wycombe College working in various roles within Student Services including Learner Support and Foundation Learning, Safeguarding and Welfare, where she also led on the SEND Reforms.
Jo is passionate and driven about working with young people and for the inclusion of all learners in the education environment. Her focus is ensuring all learners get the best possible College experience and support. Jo is working closely with our partners and external stakeholders to ensure Buckinghamshire College Group continue to deliver high quality, personalised learning opportunities for our learners with SEND, in addition to the continuous development of our general support services for students.
Jo holds a BSc (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Autism.
Rachael Murray - Executive Director MIS and Planning
Rachael’s wealth of knowledge and experience in management information systems, funding and understanding of curriculum requirements, to further develop and improve systems and processes across the College, led to the recent promotion to Executive Director MIS and Planning. Rachael’s current focus is the design and development of the curriculum footprint, space utilisation, alongside the development of insightful management reporting and analysis.