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The Senior Management Team

Gill Alton

Chief Executive

Gill Alton Chief Executive

Debra Gray


I grew up in Sheffield and have been teaching for twenty years and will always be a Lecturer at heart. I have a strong passion for Criminology and I still enjoy teaching alongside my busy Managerial role. I led a Grade One Public Services team at a college in South Yorkshire for many years. I then moved to a college in Derbyshire where I took a failing faculty and turned it to Outstanding within 18 months, winning a Beacon Award in the process. Following on from that came my first Senior Management post as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and, in 2012, I was responsible for Chesterfield College winning an AoC Beacon Award for Innovation in Education. I then became Deputy Principal Curriculum & Quality for the Grimsby Institute Group in February 2013.

If you ask any of my current or former colleagues they would say I am mostly known for being very direct and using funny metaphors to make a point. I love my job. I think we have the best job in the world because we get to make a difference every single day that we come to work. We are the place of second chances, we are the incubators of the next great academics, entrepreneurs and workers. The truth is we change lives - what could be better than that?

I have two Black Belts, one in full contact kick boxing and one in semi contact kickboxing and a Purple Belt in Ju-Jitsu. I really miss martial arts, but don't have the time to practice any more. I also have two Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice and Education Leadership and really want to try and carve out some time over the next few yaers to finish my PhD.

I have written over 30 books and publications on a variety of subjects, but primarily in the field of Public Services and Security. In my spare time I love spending time with my three young children and am a massive Marvel superhero fan, a science fiction geek and I've been a World of Warcraft Guild Leader and gaming obsessive since the age of four.
Debra Gray Principal

Adrian Clarke

Vice Principal - Corporate Services

I was born in Cleethorpes and educated at Lindsey School, now Cleethorpes Academy, before undertaking further study at the then Grimsby College of Technology, which is now known as Grimsby Institute Group. I originally planned to go to University on completion of my BTEC National, however at the end of my course I was offered a great opportunity to work at a multinational Telecommunications company, which came about through the College's reputation for providing good candidates for jobs. After getting a good grounding in Information Technology at the Telecommunications company, I then moved to the local Borough Council before being appointed to the post of Administration IT Manager here in 1993.

Over the last 20 years at the Institute my post title has changed many times and I have been involved almost all aspects of the organisation. Being locally born and bred and having had the fantastic experience both educationally and socially at the College when I was 16, I'm passionate that all our learners should be able to have the same experience, get the same life chances from it that I have had and be as prepared for employment as the College made me. I'm also passionate that we can provide better facilities for our learners than any other education provider. I'm married to Julie and we have three children, two of which are still at Primary School, which means I generally have no free time being the family taxi driver for the thousand activities they seem to have. In that small bit of free time I do have, I seem to have a couple of years ago inherited a Boys u11 Football Team who I coach a couple of times a week and play matches at the weekends.
Adrian Clarke Vice Principal - Corporate Services

Keith Pearsons

Finance Director

I grew up in Scartho, being educated at Wintringham School and Sixth Form, before going up a few blind alleys until I decided upon Accountancy as my long term career choice. After just over a year learning the basics at a local chartered accountancy firm, I moved to a pharmaceutical manufacturer on the Humber Bank. Initially my role involved recording material usages out on the manufacturing plant during the day, while studying for my professional exams in the evening.

Over the first few years I moved around the Finance department to gain experience in all aspects of Accountancy, which at that time was still quite reliant on handwritten records as computers were viewed with great suspicion by many of my then colleagues! Eventually in conjunction with my exam success I was given additional responsibilities, including co-leading the selection and implementation of a new Finance system which was a fantastic opportunity to lead a team for the first time.

In 1996 I was promoted to the role of Company Accountant and responsible for the Finance team, later becoming Chief Financial Officer with additional responsibility for Purchasing, IT and Warehouse/Logistics.

After 27 years at the same company I have now moved and joined the Institute. While this is in many ways a very different type of organisation from my previous one, it does share the overall aim to enhance people's lives, in this case through helping them to develop skills that will serve them well through the rest of their lives. Knowing that I am part of this gives me a real purpose at work and while I am not directly involved in educating learners, I see my role and the teams I am involved in, as being critical to ensuring those that do are supported by a lean, efficient and responsive support structure.

I am married to Janet with two grown up children both still living at home, and so my primary role to them remains that of "walking wallet". My eldest son is working locally, while my youngest son is studying Biology at the University of Hull. Generally I like watching and playing most sports, though the latter is confined mainly to golf these days and not very often, as well as travelling, walking, jogging and gardening.
Keith Pearsons

Amanda Rudolph

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

I trained in Fashion and Textiles and worked for several years as a Freelance Designer on assignments ranging from exhibitions of my work, costume, theatre and set design and interior design projects for a London based interior designer. I moved gradually into teaching and taught at North Lindsey College for 10 years part-time, before moving away from the freelance work and into full-time teaching at Hull College. I then moved to Grimsby College in 1994 to take up a Senior Lecturer post and since then have undertaken a range of roles including, Head of School, Dean of Faculty and more recently as Assistant Principal. In 2009 I was the winner, along with several colleagues, of the LSIS Prize for 'Research Impact on Leadership Development and Thinking' for our research paper entitled 'Impact of Good to Great' (2009). I'm passionate about the learner experience and the difference that we can make to the life and prospects of local learners. I always strive to make a difference in the local community, to support the development and aspirations of local people and to contribute towards the cultural development and identity of the region. I have been proud to be part of the development of the Art School and the College as a whole and have particularly valued the opportunity to play a role in introducing higher education programmes to the region.

I am passionate about the arts, theatre and performance and I enjoy all aspects of creativity both as a practitioner and audience member. I also love music and have a wide range of musical interests. In my spare time I particularly enjoy spending time with family and friends or working in the garden. We also regularly visit galleries, exhibitions and the theatre and particularly love the ballet and musical theatre.
Amanda Rudolph

Julie Moore

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

As a learner at the Grimsby Institute, then Grimsby College, I won the prestigious title of Hairdressing Council Student of the Year which is something I am still very proud of today. Following my training I moved into the Hair & Beauty industry and took on roles that included becoming the Creative Director and Trainer for an international group. Having now been working in Further Education for 30 years I have worked in various roles that have included; Lecturer, Quality Manager, Curriculum Leader, Director , Head of School and Academic Staff Governor. I'm well known for flying the flag for 'blended learning' and innovative Teaching, Learning and Assessment. I'm also very passionate about competition and its role in driving up standards in skills and professionalism and improving confidence and self-esteem.

In my personal time I really enjoy spending time with my granddaughter and walking in the Wolds with the family dog. On a Sunday my activity is cooking a huge lunch for friends and family - I love the noise and atmosphere of having a house full of people I love.
Julie Moore

Sam Whitaker

Vice Principal - Strategic Projects

I spent the majority of my construction career working in the education sector on a variety of programmes and Public Private Partnerships that saw me taking responsibility for over 100 Schools; delivering 23 new and refurbished schools over a four-year period as the CEO of Esteem.

I'm originally from London and moved to Hertfordshire in my early twenties, relocating to Hull five years ago. I'm a keen sportsperson and have completed three Ironman Triathlons and, in 2013, was responsible for bringing the City of Hull together to raise over £40,000 to buy a powerboat that competed in the Powerboat P1 Superstock Championships, which saw the story gaining international acclaim. My main focus has always been to ensure that myself, my team and the organisations I've represented have got involved in the real issues that drive change and transformation in local communities such as creating training and employment opportunities, the community use of facilities, improving employability skills in young people and supporting schools in delivering the best teaching and learning offer for their learners.

I'm passionate about making a difference, especially to young people. We all spend a lot of time at work throughout our lives so to be successful it must also be personally rewarding. I always try to live life with a smile and I much prefer the word 'Yes' to 'No'. I always try to find time to support local charities andI always will as 'giving back' is important.

In my previous role we raised over £150,000 over a four year period for various local charities and our Autumnal Ball became a must attend event. I'm also a Governor at a secondary school and I sit on various regional Boards and Forums that are focused on local issues.
Sam Whitaker

Stephen Butler

Director of Human Resources

I have worked in Human Resources for over 30 years in a variety of roles and sectors including Electricity Industry, Charity and the NHS as well as being the Human Resources Manager/Director in several Further Education Colleges in Yorkshire and Humberside and London.
Stephen Butler

Tony Bell

Vice Principal - Commercial

After four years as managing director of a national private training provider, I joined the Grimsby Institute in 2012, working here for three days per week. The third of six children, I grew up in South Manchester, having moved to the UK from Jamaica, aged seven. My working life started in quality control within the plastics industry, and later, the food (dairy) industry testing products such as milk, cream, butter, yoghurt, crème caramel and jam.

I later changed profession, qualifying as an accountant and moving to the then largest car dealership group in the UK – Lex Service. I quickly moved through the ranks in various financial, corporate sales and commercial/contract roles, covering teams based in Manchester, London and Scotland and I certainly miss the new car every year! Further promotion meant either relocation or a change in sector, and a career move saw me becoming the Finance Director at City College Manchester, where I stayed for ten years. This was a fairly broad role seeing me responsible for finance, offender learning, commercial contracts, estates, and later, MIS. When not in Grimsby, I work as a non-executive director in the social housing sector with the Guinness Partnership (and no, before you ask, there isn't a free supply of Guinness to go with it!), and as a non-executive director with Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust. I am married with three girls, and still living in South Manchester, my spare time is spent with the family on long walks, or DIY, gardening and seafi shing, and reading biographies and autobiographies.
Tony Bell
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