Heart of Worcestershire College

Welcome to Heart of Worcestershire College

Heart of Worcestershire College is a Further and Higher Education College that offers full time and part time courses in a diverse range of specialist subject areas. From courses for school leavers to affordable Higher Education and Professional qualifications, we ensure our training is relevant to significantly improve employability prospects.

We pride ourselves in delivering job related qualifications in high quality environments to enable our students achieve a positive and bright future. Our staff and tutors are experts in their teaching area. They have prior experience in their industry and they provide extensive support and guidance to enable students to succeed and progress onto the next stage of their career journey. We strongly believe in providing students with inspiring work experience and this is possible due to our extensive links with employers. We also have our own commercial facilities such as our travel agency and Hair and Beauty Salons, which are open to members of the public.

We have campuses throughout Worcestershire, meaning we are the largest Further Education College in the County.

Please note, Heart of Worcestershire College was previously known as Worcester College of Technology and North East Worcestershire College. The two colleges merged on August 1st 2014.

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Bromsgrove Campus


Thanks to an innovative partnership with Bromsgrove Arts Centre Trust and Bromsgrove District Council, Heart of Worcestershire College is proud to deliver its Expressive Arts courses at Artrix, one of Worcestershire’s premier arts venues. The centre provides a cultural hub for the community and ensures that students studying Performing Arts, Theatre Production and Music enjoy a professional environment that must be the envy of students across the country.

Harley Davidson University

The UK’s only Harley Davidson University is a state-of-the-art facility in Bromsgrove providing training for employees from Harley-Davidson franchise dealerships from across Europe and beyond and provides valuable work experience to selected Heart of Worcestershire College students.

Eden Cafe

Fresh food at reasonable prices. Eden offers a range of snacks, drinks, hot meals and takeaways for those on the go.

Costa Coffee

No need to venture down to the high street, Costa brings the coffee shop experience on to campus. It’s the ideal place to grab a great coffee and chat with friends.

Malvern Campus

The College's Construction Centre of Excellence is located in Spring Lane in Malvern and provides the equipment and space necessary to deliver high quality practical tutoring of construction trades, including brickwork, wood occupations and painting and decorating. The building is in 6 units; stretching front to back, the first four are accessible from the front door, the rear two are accessed via a ramp between units four and five. Fire escape access for the first four units are on the same level but for four and five you will need to travel down steps to return to the front of the building adjacent to the fire assembly points.

Redditch Campus

Archers Restaurant

Run by students and open to the public, Archers Restaurant offers a variety of foods specialising in fine British and French Cuisine with a service that is of a standard expected in top hotels. Stop by for an express lunch, treat yourself to a three course meal or experience one of the exciting theme nights - all at bargain prices.

Eden Cafe

Fresh food at reasonable prices. Eden offers a range of snacks, drinks, hot meals and takeaways for those on the go.

Costa Coffee

No need to venture down to the high street, Costa brings the coffee shop experience on to campus. It’s the ideal place to grab a great coffee and chat with friends.

Fusion Hair & Beauty

Used by our hairdressing, barbering, beauty and complementary therapy students as part of their programme, Fusion is open to the public for great value cuts, colours and beauty treatments using salon exclusive ranges.

Redditch Travel

Our independent travel agency provides valuable work experience for students on Travel and Tourism courses. It is also open to students, staff and members of the public to book all their travel needs.

Worcester Campus

Spires Theatre

Always dreamed of being on stage? Look no further, our Performing Arts department boasts a professionally equipped theatre in St. Andrews' building with a state-of-the-art computerised lighting system, sound systems and multiple stages and seating positioning, giving you a platform to showcase your talent. As a Performing Arts student you will have the chance to participate in a variety of productions throughout the year.

Spires Travel

Our independent travel agency provides valuable work experience for students on Travel and Tourism courses. It is also open to students, staff and members of the public to book all their travel needs.

The View

The View is a place for you to grab a coffee, stop for a light snack or sit down for a full meal. It boasts a vast and ever-changing menu of freshly prepared snacks, meals, soups and cakes made by our Chefs and catering students. Looking out over the River Severn, the View is the place in College to meet friends over coffee, relax with a book over cake, or sit down for some enjoyable, wholesome, home-cooked food without any of the effort of cooking or preparing it yourself!


Also situated in The View the College is our Starbucks counter, the only one in Worcester City Centre, where you can sit back, warm up and relax with a latte, or grab a frappucino on the go!

Fountains Salon

Our very own on-campus salon provides students with the opportunity to work on real clients in a professional working environment. The salon moved to St Dunstans’ in September 2014 and now boasts individual treatment rooms with exceptional modern facilities.


Our nurseries provide a happy, secure and stimulating place where learning through play is purposeful and fun! Our bright and spacious nurseries offer a wide range of flexible childcare for children aged 3 months to 5 years old. The nurseries are recognised by OFSTED as Outstanding who praised the training received by staff, and the atmosphere that the children enjoy.

Meet the Governors

David Rood: Chair of the Corporation
David Rood

David Rood is Chair of Corporation and a member of the Governance & Search and Remuneration Committees.

After leaving school at the age of 16, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Cardiff before joining GKN plc, the global engineering group, which has its headquarters in Redditch. In a 38 year career with them he served in a variety of operational and corporate roles and was a board member of a number of UK and overseas subsidiaries.

A passionate believer in the power of education and training to improve people’s lives as well as the importance of life-long learning, he is a governor of a First School in Redditch and, since retiring, has completed a history degree with the Open University. However, his attempts to control the family spaniel continue to fail.

Neill Bucktin: Vice Chair of the Corporation
Neill Bucktin

Neill was born in York. He was educated at Leicester Polytechnic, Sheffield Business School and Worcester College of Technology where he was awarded with a prize for best student on the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators course in 1984.

Neill is Vice Chair of the Corporation, Chair of Governance & Search Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

He has held a number of senior management roles in local government and the NHS. He currently works for Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group as Head of Commissioning.

Neill is an avid supporter of Worcester Warriors.

Steve Bolton: Governor
Steve Bolton

Steve was born in Solihull and grew up in and attended schools in the Redditch borough.

Leaving school at 15 Steve worked for local manufacturing companies and attended on day release both Redditch and Bromsgrove Colleges studying mechanical and production engineering. The qualifications he gained laid the foundation to move into the world of computer maintenance working on contracts supporting IT infrastructures for companies including Rover Group and AT&T, rising through the ranks to become Managing Director of a leading pan European IT Service Company.

Steve is a strong advocate of lifelong learning which FE colleges provide and a supporter of the ethos of inclusivity for all, from people with learning disabilities through to mature students.

Having gained experience within companies across various sectors up to Chief Executive level, Steve has reached the stage in his career where he is keen to utilise his skills and expertise to assist other organisations to develop and succeed.

Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Steve is married with three children and enjoys classic cars and motorcycles.

Sue Fowler: Governor
Sue Fowler

Sue is a Human Resources professional, with over thirty years’ experience across all aspects of employment from recruitment to retirement, at company, group, national and international level. For the last seven years Sue has operated as a freelance Consultant to a range of different businesses, helping to plan and implement strategic change programmes, or to address specific people based issues in the workplace.

Sue has been a Trustee of the Engineering Development Trust, and has also contributed to the national board of Young Enterprise. She has represented engineering and manufacturing interests on national (UK) employment working parties, served a term of office as President of the West Midlands EEF, and has contributed at European level on information and consultation issues.

Although recently retired, being a Governor at Heart of Worcestershire College, Chair of Governors at Haybridge High School and Sixth Form, and a Parish Councillor means that her diary is still crowded!

Kevin Gaffney: Governor
Kevin Gaffney

Kevin was born in Birmingham and studied geography and history at London University.

After graduation Kevin joined the NHS and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Public Finance. He has recently retired from the NHS after holding several posts as a finance director.

Kevin is a season ticket holder at Manchester United, follows Worcester Warriors and enjoys cycling, gardening and cooking.

Kevin is a member of the Audit Committee.

Louise Gresty: Governor
Louise Gresty

Louise is a Director at Deloitte who specialises in working with finance directors and their teams to help them adapt to the ever changing requirements placed upon them. Louise has a significant amount of experience in delivering external audits and financial reporting, including advising on investor relations, communicating with senior management and audit committees.

Louise trained as an external auditor and is a Chartered Accountant. Louise has experience across a range of industries in the public and private sector and with organisations of varying sizes ranging from owner managed to FTSE100 businesses.

Louise chairs the College’s Audit Committee.

Lucy Hodgson: Governor
Lucy Hodgson

Lucy was educated at Whitford Hall School in Bromsgrove and the Alice Ottley School in Worcester. After leaving school Lucy attended Clarendon College in Nottingham studying Hotel and Catering Management. Lucy spent many years in the catering industry and worked in contract catering at BBC Wood Norton, Pebble Mill and the University of Worcester.

Lucy has been a Worcester City Councillor since 2003 and was Mayor of Worcester for 2008/09. She is currently the Cabinet Member for Customer Care and Communications.

In 2009 Lucy was elected to Worcestershire County Council and currently represents the division of Malvern Chase and is the Cabinet Member responsible for Localism and Communities, which includes the Library Service and all the cultural services provided by the County Council.

Lucy is a governor of Lyppard Grange Primary School, a trustee and Honorary Vice President of St Paul's Hostel and also a trustee of the Malvern Food Bank.

Lucy is lead governor on safeguarding and a member of the Audit and Governance & Search Committees.

In her spare time Lucy enjoys cooking and photography and is also a Worcester Warriors season ticket holder.

Stuart Laverick: Principal and Governor
Stuart Laverick

Stuart became Principal and Chief Executive of Heart of Worcestershire College on 1 August 2014, on its creation as a result of the merger of Worcester College of Technology with North East Worcestershire College. He was previously Principal of Worcester College of Technology.

His teaching career started in an 11-19 comprehensive in Derby in the mid-1980s. From there Stuart progressed onto Derby College and then the University. During this time Stuart was involved in consultancy and research in the areas of Marketing/Strategic Management. Missing FE, he returned to the sector as Assistant Principal in Rotherham College of Technology, and then as Vice Principal at East Durham College, before moving to Sunderland College as Deputy Principal and Chief Executive.

Stuart was a co-opted member of Sunderland Local Authority's Young Peoples Scrutiny Committee. He has also been a school governor and an external advisor at Leeds Metropolitan University. He still contributes to Management Research and leads the 'Britain's Most Admired Companies' research for Management Today with Prof. Mike Brown.

Paul McCunn: Governor
Paul McCunn

Originally from Shropshire, Paul was educated at Loughborough Grammar School before reading Economics at Cambridge.

Paul started his career with Lever Brothers, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. Since then, he has worked for Deloitte and KPMG as a management consultant, advising clients on improving their finance departments and the information they use to run their businesses. In 2007 he moved to Malvern, was appointed a governor of Worcester College of Technology, and joined Hoare Lea, the award-winning firm of consulting engineers, as Director of Finance. More recently, he was Interim Finance Director of Javelin Group, Europe's leading firm of retail strategy consultants, reshaping their finance function to support the needs of a rapidly growing business.

Paul is lead governor on Equality and Diversity and Chair of the College Remuneration Committee.

In his spare time, Paul is struggling to come to terms with an overgrown garden, which he has been battling for many years, and has supported AFC Telford United since he saw them beat Hinckley Athletic 1-0 in an FA Cup Qualifying match in 1976."

Denis Miles: Governor
Denis Miles

Denis was born in London and went to University in Cardiff where he obtained a degree in Economics, was elected President of the Students’ Union and became the first ever student governor of the University.

He spent 17 years in the aluminium industry in London, Wales, Cumbria and Birmingham, the latter two as a Financial Director and Company Secretary. He then spent eight years as UK Finance Director of a UK-US group making industrial machinery. He has been a Chartered Management Accountant since 1980.

Denis moved from industry to government from 2000 to 2011, holding senior financial positions in the Learning & Skills Council and Skills Funding Agency, initially in the South West Region and then as National Director of Provider Financial Management. In both roles he worked closely with colleges and representative bodies and was heavily involved with all major capital project applications, financial aspects of merger proposals and working with colleges in financial difficulty.

Denis and his wife (a Solihull College lecturer for over 20 years) have lived in Redditch since 1987. Denis is a qualified tennis umpire and Wimbledon line judge; has run over 50 marathons and half marathons; finished climbing all 214 mountains in the Lake District in 2014; and is a lifelong Blackpool football supporter. He is also proud to say that, in his youth, he saw the Beatles in concert and was at the World Cup Final in 1966!

Dennis is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Robert Pearce: Governor
Robert Pearce

Robert is a Chartered Surveyor who worked in Cambridge, London and Birmingham. He has lived Worcestershire since 1994.

Following his retirement in 2011, he has become involved in a number of voluntary activities including being a member of the South Wales & Severn Waterway Partnership (part of The Canal & River Trust), Chair of the Diocese of Worcester Parsonages Committee and a member of Broadwas & Cotheridge Parish Council.

Robert is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

On the sporting front Robert actively supports both Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Kidderminster Harriers Football Club.

Karen Phillips: Governor
Karen Phillips

Karen has 35 years’ experience in Financial Services in Sales, Operations and, in particular, Group Learning and Development. For 25 years she successfully managed teams in all three business areas in both a ‘face to face’ environment and also across Europe where she worked extensively for the past 10 years.

She was previously Chair of Governors at a Stourbridge Primary school where she supported the school through recruiting a new Head Teacher, the building of a Nursery within school grounds and the attainment of an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade in all areas.

Karen has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and her strengths lie in Management and Leadership, particularly Performance Management and leading people through change.

Karen retired from Financial Services in 2014 and is now a self-employed Celebrant. She is a huge sports fan and has only recently retired from playing Netball and is now looking to gain her umpiring qualifications.

Peter Redfern: Governor
Peter Redfern

Peter has extensive financial and operations management experience gained through careers in professional football, retail and local government.

He enjoyed 13 years with Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club during which time he acted as Assistant Secretary and Club Secretary. He went on to spend 21 years with Marks and Spencer and completed appointments in 10 different locations around the country. Peter then returned to his Midlands roots to work for 8 years in local government and education prior to retiring from full time employment in 2014.

Peter is originally from and educated in Wolverhampton and, after leaving school, he studied for 5 years at Wulfrun College of FE. He describes this as the most encouraging and productive educational period of his life and lead him to appreciate the purpose and benefits offered by FE Colleges to their local communities.

Peter is a member of the Audit Committee.

Brenda Sheils: Governor
Brenda Sheils

Brenda was Principal and Chief Executive of Solihull College for eleven years and during that time she led the rebuild of its entire estate and significantly improved both its reputation and quality of provision. She played a pivotal role in supporting the development of the skills of the local and regional workforce and established partnerships with many major employers including Birmingham Airport, JLR, Resorts World and the NEC.

Prior to entering Further Education, Brenda’s career began as a teacher in Cambridgeshire before moving into the management of Community and Adult Education in Devon and Cheshire. Her first job in FE was in Coventry as a lecturer where she was subsequently appointed as Head of Department and then Assistant Principal. As Vice Principal at Gloucestershire College, Brenda was strategic lead for partnerships and external relations including Universities, employers, local authorities and regeneration agencies.

She is now a Non-Executive Director and Board lead for medical education at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country. Through her company, she also provides executive mentoring and coaching for Principals and senior leaders in the FE sector.

Brenda is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List for her services to Further Education.

Debbie Morris: Staff Governor
Debbie Morris

Debbie is originally from Wiltshire and has lived in Worcester for 18 years. She is a qualified nurse for disabled people and has managed many services in both the public and private sector. Debbie has two roles at the College: one as the Course Leader for people with an acquired brain injury and the second as the College Equality Manager.

Debbie has a Master's Degree in education and has also taught at The University of Worcester.

Debbie is a member of the Audit Committee.

Debbie’s interests include badminton, politics and history.

Minutes and Annual Reports

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