Terry is an ex apprentice, having worked in the Automotive industry at the grass roots level and eventually at its cutting edge as a consultant within the engine research and development end of the industry.
He has worked at EAL the Engineering Awarding Body, across the North West and Wales approving and monitoring technical education centre’s and colleges to deliver technical training to the wider engineering industry.
Terry has held senior management posts in both the engineering and education sectors, and since September 2015 has been the Chief Executive Officer at the Engineering College.

The Senior Management Team

Di Shanks

Business Support Services Manager

With + 25 years’ experience in education, Di uses her knowledge on funding and qualifications to strengthen relationships with clients and local authorities. In her role, she oversees the work of the Business Support team whilst also being responsible for the college’s HR and a designated Safeguarding Officer. Prior to joining The Engineering College team in 2003, Di worked for a local college for 12 years in a supervisory role.

Mark Williamson

Commercial Business and Quality Manager

As Commercial Services and Quality Manager, Mark develops commercial activities for The Engineering College, by introducing courses that meet engineering construction requirements. Prior to joining the senior management team, Mark spent 21 years with Avdel UK, as Manufacturing Manager, Logistics Manager and Project Manager. He is both a trustee and treasurer for a national charity concerned with the protection of endangered birds.

Mike Brown

Engineering Operations Manager

As Engineering Operations Manager, Mike is a driving force behind the college, overseeing the operations of the team, the quality of teaching and above all the safety on site. Mike has more than 30 years in industry representing oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and fine chemicals industries. His experience lies in mechanical installation, maintenance and pipefitting. In his spare time, Mike enjoys Course Pole fishing.

The Management Team

Jenna Armour

Business Administration Services Manager

Jenna’s role in education was cemented from a young age- after leaving school, Jenna accessed a Business Administration apprenticeship through the Engineering College, and has since worked her way from a receptionist, to PA to deputy Manager, and in October 2016, became Business Administration Services Manager. When Jenna isn’t heading up the business administration team, she is ‘on tour’ with her little girl at dancing competitions around the UK.

John Weatherall

Finance Manager

John has been involved in the finance sector since 2003; prior to joining The Engineering College in 2011 John worked for an industrial supplies firm based in Liverpool, as a Finance Assistant. As Finance Manager, John looks after the college’s finances and facilities. In his spare time, John is an advocate for sports, having completed 5 marathons in the space of 12 months.

Steph Morrow

MIS / Contracts Manager

Steph started at The Engineering College in 2007 as an Administration apprentice supporting the delivery team and working in a number of departments within the college. Almost a decade on, Steph was promoted to MIS Contracts Manager, responsible for performance management, financial reconciliation, contracts compliance budget planning and tendering for new contracts. Steph has recently become a homeowner and spends a lot of her time decorating her new house.

Kev Hill

Engineering Programmes Coordinator

With 10+ years in education, Kev has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he harnesses in his role as Engineering Programmes Coordinator. In his role, Kev leads on the delivery and continuous development of all of our engineering programmes. His role also puts him in regular and direct contact with awarding bodies and appropriate auditors. In his spare time, Kev enjoys course pole fishing.

Matthew Ryan

Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator

Matt started his career into engineering through an apprenticeship at Cammell Laird. Since completing his apprenticeship, he progressed to achieve his degree in Computer Aided Design from Liverpool John Moores University. Matt joined the team in November 2016, representing the college in the field of Advanced Manufacturing, and firmly positioning the college at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing agenda on Merseyside.

Training Officers

Andrew Mains

Training Officer

Andy has been a training officer for 18 years With 18 years’ experience behind him, Andy assesses apprentices, employed in disciplines that include, fabrication, mechanical and electrical maintenance. Andy has served a three year apprenticeship as a plater / welder, and a Bachelor of Education honours degree in Design Technology. Andy has a keen interest in craft and design, and has produced art that has been exhibited in galleries across Merseyside.

Bob Flanagan

Training Officer

Since starting his apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering 40 years ago, Bob has accumulated a wealth of experience and skills in the engineering industry. Prior to joining the Engineering College in 2014, Bob worked in a number of roles including a Senior Production Design Engineer for Metal Box Ltd. In his current role, Bob both supports apprentices through their apprenticeship programme and carries out IV sampling of work. Bob uses his creative flare outside of work for DIY projects

Paul Caley

Training Officer

Prior to joining the team, Paul was a Cammell Laird apprentice studying a three year apprenticeship at The Engineering College. His role as a training officer is to oversee apprentice’s journey from the first day of their programme to the last. Paul uses his spare time in the gym doing cardio / conditioning / weight and strength training.

Paul Gill

Training Officer

Over the last 40 years, Paul has accumulated a wealth of experience and skills in fabrication/ welding  that enable him to support apprentices through their programme today. Paul works with the delivery team and commercial team to support apprentices onsite in their company and adult NVQs. Prior to joining the team in 2007, Paul has spent 30 years with local engineering firms, including, Burke Engineering, Universal Bulk Handling and Latham Construction.

Rob Bennett

Training Officer

Rob ‘s role as a Training Development Officer at the Engineering College involves him working with apprentices both in centre on day release and in their companies to guide them through their apprenticeship. Before he joined the team in October 2015, Rob spent more than 40 years in the engineering industry working for a number of engineering firms, including, Mersey Docks & Harbour Co., Warbeck Engineering and his own start-up.

Tony Higgins

Training Officer

Tony has worked for the Engineering College for more than 15 years, providing support for apprentices throughout their programme and communicating with their employers regularly. Prior to joining the team, Tony spent 20 years in industry working for AP Precision Hydraulics and Lucas Aerospace. Outside of work, Tony spends his free time playing golf and is a member and Ex-Captain of Dudley Golf Club.


Alan Brooks

Mechanical Maintenance Tutor

Since completing his apprenticeship 34 years ago, Alan has progressed through a number of roles, including, Apprentice Fitter, Maintenance Fitter, Team leader, Supervisor, and finally Maintenance Superintendent. When he’s not in the college’s mechanical workshop, Alan is keeping up to date with the latest news from off the track with F1 Racing.

Adrian Wilkinson

Electronics Tutor

Adrian joined the delivery team in 2014 as an electronics tutor, teaching elements of maths and science across a number of programmes, including, traineeship, BTEC, City & Guilds and HNC. Prior to this role at The Engineering College, Adrian taught electronics at a secondary school for 15 years, helping to bridge the gap between secondary education and higher education with STEM subjects. In his spare time, Adrian enjoys countryside walks.

Bill Bell

Electrical Tutor

Bill joined the team in October 2017 with more than 45 years’ experience in industry. Prior to joining the team, Bill has worked in more than 40 countries; both offshore and onshore. He has spent the last 6 years mentoring and supporting apprentices at Land and Marine. In his role as a tutor, Bill continues to support apprentices through their programme by teaching safe working practices, mechanical principles and electrical systems. In his spare time, Bill enjoys DIY jobs around his new house and is a keen Liverpool Football Club supporter.

Bob Moore

Mechanical Maintenance Tutor / Learning Coordinator

Bob is a time served Mechanical Engineer with more than 50 years’ experience across the Marine, Chemical, pharmaceutical and power generation industries, with responsibilities in installation, maintenance and conformance of high hazard plants and equipment. When he’s not teaching, Bob spends most of his time in the water, swimming, and kayaking. When he’s not offshore, you’ll find him on the dance floor.

Brian Bowers

Fabrication / Welding Tutor

Brian is a time served Fabricator Welder Engineer with 35+ years’ experience working with Airbus, BAE and Cammell Laird. In his role, Brian teaches fabrication and welding disciplines to his students, offering a wealth of engineering experience in each lesson. Away from the classroom, Brian spends his spare time as an Army Reservist and building amateur radios and operating them for competitions.

Chris Webb

Pipefitting Tutor

Chris joined the team in late 2017, with over 10 years’ experience in Pipefitting. In his role, Chris teaches both full time and day release apprentices and draws on his knowledge and practical skills as a time served apprentice engineer to help teach. As a former Studley Engineering apprentice, Chris works with other tutors to develop pipefitters for the next phase of their training in industry. Having also worked as an Assistant Manager for a local Liverpool gym recently, Chris spends a lot of his spare time in the gym and with his kids.

Cliff Atherton


Cliff joined the Engineering College in 2014, with a wealth of experience in the engineering industry. In his previous role, Cliff worked as a supervisor across a number of sites in the UK, the most recent, Stanlow Oil. In his role as a pipefitting tutor, he can offer real-life examples to ECITB apprentices who may serve a large amount of their apprenticeship on site. Cliff spends his free time fishing locally.

David Steele

Functional Skills Tutor / OTL

David started his role at The Engineering College in 2007, teaching functional skills Maths, English and ICT at level 2. Dave’s role also includes carrying out Observations of Teaching and Learning on tutors and students at the college. In his spare time, David brings up his two sons and is the choir supervisor for the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

Kevin Cairns

Master Welding Tutor

Kevin has 17 years’ experience working across a multitude of engineering backgrounds – from a career in the Armed Forces to engineering construction, Kevin feeds industry experience into each of his lessons. In his role, Kevin teaches theory and practical sessions on pipefitting, and assesses pipefitting. In his spare time, Kevin turns his hand to cooking, with a keen interest for trying out new and challenging recipes.

Mark Hillhouse

Mechanical Tutor

Mark has spent more than 25 years working in the engineering industry as a time served precision engineer within the aerospace industry. Mark joined the team in November 2017 as a technical tutor, teaching and supporting mechanical apprentices and students through their programmes. When Mark is not teaching, he is a keen history enthusiast,and football supporter. He is a keen Liverpool Football Club fan and spends most weekends volunteering and helping with his son’s grass roots football club.

Mark Riley

Mechanical Tutor

Mo Ahmady

HNC Tutor

Prior to joining The Engineering College, Mo worked for the manufacturing industry for more than 20 years. Mo has amassed a number of qualifications in engineering and metallurgy, and uses this knowledge to teach maths and analytic subjects at BTEC level 3 and BTEC HNC level. Mo has spent 6 years’ in research / lectureship with Southampton and Liverpool universities. Mo is a keen traveller with an impressive number of continents visited including Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and Africa.

Norman Aspinwall

Fabrication/ Welding Tutor

Prior to joining the Engineering College 17 years ago, Norman worked for a number of training organisations in the Wirral area, including Cammell Laird Training for 22 years. As a qualified engineer with an apprenticeship in Sheetmetal behind him, Norman delivers a number of disciplines, including Sheetmetal, Drawing and Plating. Norman is an avid photographer in his spare time and enjoys gardening.

Nick Meadows

Fabrication / Welding Tutor

Prior to joining the team, Nick completed an Apprenticeship in Fabrication and Welding. Nick has been subcontracted to nationally recognised companies, including Sovex Systems, Unilever and Cadburys. He now works as a technical tutor, spending most of his time in the workshops helping students develop their fabrication / welding and pipefitting skills. Outside of work, Nick puts his knowledge and skills to good use, as a pit mechanic. For the Isle of Mann TT races.

Business Support Team

Elaine Kerr

Recruitment and Placement Officer

Elaine is perhaps one of the most animated members of the team. Since joining the team in 2008, Elaine has been involved in many aspects of training, including Pre-apprenticeship, STEM provision and apprenticeships.Prior to joining the team, Elaine spent 17 years in credit control for a local sugar manufacturer, Billington Sugar Company.

George Brown

ICT & Admin Support Apprentice

George is an IT and admin support apprentice at the Engineering College. He is responsible for supporting staff and students with ICT, troubleshooting and fixing any issues that the college may experience. George is also responsible for liaising with IT partners to find solutions that help the college to run more efficiently. IT is also a hobby for George, who spends his spare time helping family and friends with computer assistance and assembly. He balances this with long distance running.

Katie Thompson

Business Administration Apprentice

Prior to starting my Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration in November 2017, I worked for a local Health & Safety management company for almost three years, developing skills and experience in a number of disciplines. Here I achieved a Level 2 NVQ qualification in Business Administration. My role at The Engineering College includes, providing support and information to both the MIS office and Commercial department of the college. I split my spare time between seeing family and friends; and on social media browsing new make up trends.

Laura Cairns

Commercial Sales Coordinator

Laura started with The Engineering College in 2008 working in the business administration team supporting the college’s tutors and training officers. Having worked in a number of roles, including PA to the CEO, Laura uses her incredible organisational skills in her role as Commercial Sales Coordinator, organising commercial training from preparing materials to finalising payments. In her spare time, Laura enjoys running and is set to take on her first marathon this year!

Olivia Weston

Marketing Officer

Olivia works in the Business Support team, promoting the full range of programmes and events at The Engineering College. Having studied through both A Level and Apprenticeship pathways, Olivia is an advocate for apprenticeships and supports the apprenticeship ambassador network. Olivia is working towards completing her first professional qualification in Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She spends her time following social media trends and hoarding vinyl LPs.

Shirley Vernon

Reception / Administrator

Prior to joining the Engineering College almost two decades ago, Shirley worked for a number of organisations in the business sector, including BT, Unilever and Blue Funnel. Shirley’s role is front of house working on reception; alongside her reception role, Shirley also tracks attendance of students and liaises with employers to ensure attendance records are up-to-date. Shirley sends a lot of her spare time online shopping and listening to new music.

Steve Richards

MIS Administrator

Stephen has more than a decade experience working for training providers; started at The Engineering College in 2009, providing administration support for the MIS team. His role involves inputting starts, leavers and reviews into our PICS system; producing reports; overseeing compliance with SFA funding rules and reconciliation of payments from SFA. Steve is a keen traveller and spends his free time gradually working his way through European city breaks.

David Martin

Faciliites Technician

As Facilities Technician, David is part of the team responsible for ensuring the building is safe and secure for all students and staff to work and learn. After completing a four year apprenticeship, David worked overseas for five years in exhibition stand design. Upon returning to Liverpool, David worked in a number of joinery and building – based firms, before working in the youth training sector delivering employ-ability skills sessions. Outside of College, David enjoys spending time enjoying Wirral walks and visiting pubs that let him and his dogs in to sample great food and drinks.

Steve Parker

Cleaning Supervisor

Steve has worked for the Engineering College for five years- maintaining the state of the purpose-built 6500m2 centre. Steve is responsible ensuring cleanliness across the site- from workshops to offices to classrooms. In his spare time, Steve travels across Wales with his family in a mobile caravan.

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