Meet the Staff
Our dedicated tutors have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, and will be with you every step of the way during your time at Warrington & Vale Royal College.
Andy Atkin – Curriculum Leader for Plumbing and Gas
Andy began his career in the construction industry at the age of 14. He worked in North Yorkshire as a brick layer and stone mason before completing an apprenticeship at Accrington and Rossendale College.
Andy was named as Apprentice of the Year for three years running, and competed to become the best in the North West several times.
At the age of 18, Andy competed in SkillBuild and had the unique opportunity of showing Prince Charles how to lay a brick while being filmed by the BBC!
Andy then spent a number of years working on different buildings, including restorations and housing developments. He spent 10 years working for Condale Construction Ltd as a site manager/foreman.
In 2012, Andy made the move into teaching after deciding to pass on his skills to future generations and give something back to the industry.
Andy joined Warrington & Vale Royal College’s brickwork team in October 2014. He was named Outstanding Tutor of the Year in his first year, and Student of the Year during the completion of his Certification of Education.
After being rated as a Grade 1 tutor for two years, Andy was promoted to Curriculum Leader for Plumbing and Gas.
Hilary Bathgate – Lecturer in Applied Science
Hilary joined Warrington & Vale Royal College’s team in April 2015.
Before becoming a teacher, Hilary completed a forensic science degree at the University of Derby. She then worked in a forensics lab doing drug analysis before completing an MPhil in forensic provenancing of soil at the University of East Anglia.
Hilary taught at the University of Anglia for a number of years before becoming Deputy Technical Manager at Torbet Labratories in Norfolk where she tested medical samples for diseases.
Sasha Dodd – Accountancy Lecturer
Sasha decided to teach at Warrington & Vale Royal College after completing her own studies at the college.
After starting her own cleaning business at 21, employing five people, Sasha realised she needed to know more complex accounting information to ensure she could complete her year-end accounts.
Sasha enrolled on the AAT Accountancy course at Warrington & Vale Royal College.
“I loved the atmosphere in the Business School. Being in class with apprentices was really useful as they could tell me what it was really like in the workplace. My tutors were supportive and pushed me to achieve the highest grades I could. I completed my AAT in three years and decided that I would love to join the team at Warrington & Vale Royal College.
“I enrolled on the Certificate in Education course and made more friends. I am now a level 2 course leader. I really couldn’t have done this without the support of a great college.”
Chris Johnson - Lecturer in Motor Vehicle
Chris joined Warrington & Vale Royal College’s motor vehicle department in 2013, having previously worked in the industry.
“I have had a background in motor sport since the age of 11,” said Chris.
Chris worked as an apprentice technician for both Volkswagen and Nissan. During his time at Nissan, Chris gained various qualifications, including his MOT qualification, electrical vehicle qualification, Nissan high performance certificates and Master Tech.
Chris spent a number of years working within the motor sport industry, where he specialised in working on Nissan GTRs.
Before joining the team at Warrington & Vale Royal College, Chris carried out freelance work as a consultant for a racing team competing in different series across the world.
Chris himself took part in a number of competitions, as well as building race and drift cars.
He is now one of a number of tutors helping to train the next generation of mechanics and technicians.
Nicola Moston - Lecturer in Child Development, Health and Social Care
Nicola has been working at Warrington & Vale Royal College since December 2009, having previously been a local primary school teacher.
She teaches a range of childcare qualifications ranging from the vocational pathways up to the level 3 qualification.
Nicola is also an ambassador for Claire House Children's Hospice and the department carries out a range of fundraising activities for the charity. This year, the current total stands at £2,100.
“I love working in the department and teaching childcare as I can use my previous experiences as a school teacher to expand some of the information needed for the course and encourage the learners to use their own placement experiences to support the knowledge that they are developing within they taught sessions.”
Anne Tabiner-Shaw – Lecturer in Media Make-up
Anne is the course leader of the Level 3 Diploma in Hair & Media Make-up, and for the HNC in Advanced Theatrical Make-up Studies.
Anne has been part of the Warrington & Vale Royal College team for 12 years.
She is fully qualified in nail services, beauty therapy, hairdressing, media make-up and has a degree in beauty therapy management.
Before joining Warrington & Vale Royal College, Anne has worked for companies including Sephora, Estee Lauder and Matis. She has also worked as a freelance make-up artist in London.
“The best part of my job is seeing students flourish on the course, creating amazing looks and go on to become successful make-up artists.”
Ben Whitfield – Curriculum Leader of Construction
Ben is a fully qualified teacher with over 10 years’ experience.
He has worked within the construction industry for almost 17 years.
Ben started an apprenticeship with a small joinery company after leaving school, while also studying at Wigan & Leigh College.
He has extensive experience working on domestic and new build projects, covering all aspects of joinery including 1st, 2nd and final fix carpentry, loft conversions, extensions and kitchens.
Ben has been able to pass his knowledge and experience on to students since making the transition into teaching in 2007.
He has since gained further qualifications including his Certificate of Education, Assessor & Internal Quality Assurance Awards, C&G Health & Safety and ILM.
Andy Williams – Head of Faculty: Health & Social Care, Childcare, Public Services, Sport, Travel & Tourism, Hair & Beauty and Hospitality & Catering.
Andy enlisted in the British Army in 1982 and was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Wellington regiment, based in Gibraltar. Throughout his 24 year army career, he served all over the world in places like Northern Ireland, Central and South America, Canada, North Africa and Kenya.
Andy also served in the Balkans, with challenging tours in Bosnia and Kosovo.
On retiring from the army as a Warrant Officer in 2006, Andy studied for a teaching qualification at Blackburn College, where he taught Public Services for three years. He joined Warrington & Vale Royal College in 2009 as Curriculum Co-ordinator, and then Curriculum Manager for Public Services.
Andy was promoted to Head of Faculty two years ago and is now responsible for Public Services, Travel & Tourism, Sport, Health & Social Care, Childcare, Hospitality & Catering and Hair & Beauty.
Andy is a keen sportsman, having played rugby, cricket and boxing in the army. In his spare time, Andy enjoys running, competing in prestigious events such as the Lake District 50 mile race and the Lakeland Trial Running Series.