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Karen Mitchell — Principal and Chief Executive


Karen is the Principal and Chief Executive of Aylesbury College. Karen has a strong leadership and management background in FE holding a number of senior positions including Vice Principal and Director of Quality. Prior to her time in FE Karen worked as a nurse practitioner and manager for 17 years in the NHS.

Karen is a passionate supporter of inclusive vocational and academic education. Her focus is on leading an outstanding student experience which prepares students of all ages and abilities to realise their ambition and achieve long term success in work and life. She strongly believes that FE should be at the heart of the community, driving economic and social success.

Karen chairs the Local Strategic Partnership and is a Board member of the Bucks UTC and Connexions. She is also a Trustee for Youth Concern. A Director of the Women's Leadership Network and regional Principal Champion, Karen is a mentor and coach for aspiring leaders. Karen holds a range of qualifications including a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management.

Karen Mitchell

Jo Whistler — Deputy Principal Corporate Services


Jo's key responsibilities include Finance, MIS, Estates, IT and capital developments.  She has held a number of senior positions in a variety of organisations including further and higher education, the NHS and the voluntary sector. Prior to joining Aylesbury College, Jo was Head of Finance at Barnfield College.

Jo is currently a Trustee of the Aylesbury College Trust (ACT) and a member of the governing body Bucks UTC. Jo is also a Trustee of CACHE, the awarding body.

Jo is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds a range of qualifications including a MBA and also a BSc in Accounting and Computing.

Jo Whistler

Fiona Morey — Vice Principal Learning and Quality

Fiona comes to Aylesbury College from Abingdon and Witney where she was the Asst. Principal. Fiona spearheaded changing students timetables to be more in line with employment. This work-ready approach gave students the discipline of a 9.00 to 5.00 environment three days per week, leaving time for volunteer or work placement and independant study. At Aylesbury College, Fiona is Vice Principal for Learning and Quality. Fiona chairs the LASER Awarding Organisation Quality Committee and is a Trustee on the Laser Board.

Fiona Morey

Tim Keighley — Executive Director of Engagement and Business Development

Following a career in the leisure industry where Tim owned his own business, he began his career in Further Education teaching adult returners Maths. Tim’s 20 years’ experience in FE covers all levels of vocational and work based learning programmes as well as Apprenticeships. He is very passionate about work placed training and is able to understand business needs though the experience of owning his own business. Tim will be focused on developing a work based curriculum that meets the Further Education agenda and the needs of local businesses, including bespoke training courses, legislative training and work placed learning including Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Tim Keighley

Annette Gimbert — Executive Director People Engagement

Annette's key responsibilities at the College include recruitment, reward and retention, performance management as well as equality and diversity. She is also the People Engagement Director for Bucks New University. Previously, Annette held a number of HR Director level appointments in organisations including Tesco Stores Ltd, Dixons Stores Group, Axa UK and HSBC. Annette has an MSc in Organisation Development and Personal Development, BA Hons in Business Studies, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management.

Annette Gimbert
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