Our Executive Team

Executive Team

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Matthew Burgess


Matthew joined the College in 1998 as Vice Principal for Finance. Since that time he has had many roles and responsibilities for most parts of the College at some point, including business development, apprenticeships, curriculum, planning and IT.

In 2013 Matthew was appointed as Principal and he is accountable to the Board of Governors for all aspects of the College, including its strategic direction, educational character, student outcomes and financial position.

Matthew went to Aston University where he graduated in Management in 1989, then began his career with KPMG in Manchester. He then moved to Stockport College as Head of Finance in 1994 before joining Gloucestershire College. His interest in business remains strong; as well as being passionate about helping young people to achieve their potential, he is a strong advocate for apprenticeships and how FE supports local businesses.

Matthew has a number of external roles, including Board Member of the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Council Member of the University of Gloucestershire and Trustee of the Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust.

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Dr Joy Kettyle

Vice Principal - Curriculum and Quality

As Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality, Joy is responsible for delivering high quality teaching, learning and assessment to enable students to reach their potential and achieve the skills and qualifications they need for a successful future. Joy also leads the development of the College’s curriculum to ensure its offer meets students’ needs, local priorities and regional needs, and programmes provide positive employment pathways. 

Joy has extensive experience of teaching and managing in further education, as well as inspection of colleges and has worked with a range of colleges in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.

Prior to joining the College in 2015, Joy led teaching, learning and assessment at Hereford College of Arts, which was awarded ‘Outstanding’ for Leadership and Management by Ofsted thanks to her leadership and dedication and the hard work of the team. Joy is currently an External Examiner with the University of Ulster.

Joy holds a Doctor of Education degree from Queen’s University, Belfast, and a Master’s in Business Administration. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which reflects her keen interest in people and advancing their progress and skills.  

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Sue Steed

Vice Principal - Students

As Vice Principal for Students, Sue is responsible for creating an environment where students are fully supported in reaching their individual potential; engaging them in developing broad skills to ensure they have the best chance in future employment. Sue is also the College’s Designated Senior Safeguarding Lead and responsible for ensuring the College is a safe environment for its staff and students.

Following a successful career in a college in her home town, Sue joined Gloucestershire College in 1995 and has a wealth of experience from a variety of management positions across the College.  Many of Sue’s roles have been linked to curriculum due to her passion for inventing new and exciting curriculum delivery that inspires students to use their imaginations.

Sue started her career as an apprentice, before going on to achieve a number of academic qualifications, including an MSc in Educational Leadership from Worcester University. In addition to her passionate focus in helping students to develop vital work-related skills, Sue is a key force in developing the College’s apprenticeship agenda.

Outside of her role at the College, Sue is the Deputy Chair of the County PREVENT Board and a member of the Gloucestershire Children’s Safeguarding Board Education and Training Sub-Group.

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Andy Bates

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Andy is responsible for leading financial strategy, facilities and commercial activities at Gloucestershire College.

Since joining the College in 2014, Andy has driven a number of high profile projects, including forming vocational training partnerships with The Francesco Group and The Brasserie Group, which provides students with the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience at Graduations at No.9 salon in Gloucester and Chelsea Bar and Brasserie in Cheltenham.

Andy was also responsible for outsourcing the College’s on-site nurseries to Tinies, improving financial reporting and budgeting, and supporting the growth of the College’s professional courses.

After graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Business and Finance, Andy qualified as an Accountant at EMI Music PLC. He then went on to enjoy successful careers as a Business Analyst at the Daily Mail Group and Finance Manager at EMAP, before becoming Head of Finance at City and Guilds.

Andy is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. 

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Dr Karen Morris

Director of Faculty

As Faculty Director for A Levels, English and maths, most of the BTEC provision and related HE courses, Karen is responsible for developing outstanding teaching, learning and assessment across the schools of Arts and Media; IT and Computing; Sixth Form; English and maths; Business; Sport, Public Services and Outdoor Adventure; and Travel and Tourism.

Karen joined the College as a Lecturer in 1992 and has enjoyed various roles in the organisation over the years, including Personal Tutor, Curriculum Leader, Staff Governor and Head of School. Her life-long passion for supporting students, learning and developing new skills has resulted in extensive experience in the education sector prior to this, spanning both higher and further education.

Karen’s team has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and awarded Artsmark Gold for its work with employers and utilising live briefs. While Karen herself has helped design and implement a number of successful training sessions on everything from lesson planning and schemes of work to Moodle courses and using value added data.

Karen gained her BA(Hons) in Sociology and Criminal Justice at John Moores University, followed by her PhD at the University of Bristol, PGCE at the University of Wales and her QTLS at the Institute for Learning.

Outside of her role at the College, Karen is the Director of Gloucestershire Music Makers.

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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