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Business, Leadership and Management Staff Profile

Nicola Johnson - Head of Department

Nicola is the Head of HE Law, Leadership & Business. She oversees the running of the department and her responsibilities include setting budgets, target setting, managing staff, ensuring compliance with the various regulations and managing resources.

Sarah Cook - Programme Manager

Sarah has extensive lecturing experience delivering and managing programmes across a wide range of subjects including business management, leadership,
business operations, marketing, finance and HR.

She has worked for over 27 years in international business in Senior Management roles. She has extensive experience in Business Operations having been responsible for a $9 billion operation; she has
worked for a number of years as an HR consultant in strategic outsourcing mega deals (>$500m and above); developed resource management solutions for large services operations; implemented large business change transformations. She has managed international teams delivering global efficiency programmes. She has lived and worked in Paris managing both global and European teams.

She has worked with a large variety of commercial clients in the US, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific specifically in the Oil & Petroleum, Communications, Manufacturing, Food & Drink and IT sectors. She holds a BA (Hons) in Business, a PGCE in Lifelong Learning, and commenced a Masters in September 2018 which will involve carrying out research relating to business leadership in commercial education organisations. She holds Fellowship of HEA.  

Julia Davidson - Lecturer

Julia has 25 years’ experience in the post 16 education sector, most recently at Director Level, specialising in the strategic development of Higher Education in Further Education settings. A key influencer, able to interpret policy and design strategies to deliver funding opportunities and maximise growth. Leadership responsibility for over 100 staff and budgets in excess of £8 million. Lecturing specialisms include HRM, Strategic Leadership, Change Management, Project Management, Quality Management, Marketing, Finance for Managers and Dissertation supervision.

She holds Chartered Fellow status of the CIPD (Chartered FCIPD), is PRINCE 2 qualified, and holds a BA HONS, Masters and PGCE in Secondary education

Eloise Layton - Lecturer

Eloise has been a lecturer at Leeds City College for two years and has taught a range of subjects in Further and Higher Education including Human Resources, Marketing, Customer Service and Business Environment. She spent ten years previously running a business with her partner where she was the Company Secretary. Prior to that, she spent 10 years working in one of the UK’s biggest car dealerships in accounts and administration.

She completed her BA (Hons) in Business and Management at the College where she received a first class with honours. She also holds a PGCE and will be commencing a Masters in January 2020

Juston Mubwandarikwa - Lecturer

Juston has a vast experience of nine years as a lecturer in Business Management. He has taught Business Management courses at various levels, starting from Level 4 up to the Master’s Level.
Mainly, he has taught modules in: Strategy, Marketing, Human Resources and Leadership and Change Management. Prior, to teaching Business Management, Juston worked in the Manufacturing Engineering sector as an engineer for 13 years.

He also taught engineering courses in Further Education for four years. This vast experience gives him a wide array of knowledge with regards to teaching business theory linking it to real life examples. He is a holder of PhD, MBA, PGCE and HEA fellowship. His research focuses on international entrepreneurship

Nicola Wilson - Lecturer

Nicola has been a lecturer at the college for the past year and taught a range of subjects across the Leadership & Management and Business, Enterprise & Management degree programmes. Prior to teaching, Nicola gained 15 years’ management experience in both the hospitality and food retailing industries. In the hospitality industry she worked as an Assistant Manager for a large restaurant chain, before moving onto the food retail industry, where she held the position of Store Manager for a large convenience retailer for 10 years. She completed her BA (Hons) In Leadership and Management at the college where she received a first class with honours, and has recently completed a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Shannon O’Neill - Lecturer

Shannon has previous experience in Leadership roles and has accumulated many management skills from previous job roles in the hospitality Industry. She has lectured within the University Centre for the last year and has taught across a variety of module in Leadership and Management and Business, Enterprise and Management Level 4 and 5. She has completed her BA (Hons) in Business and Management and recently completed her PGCE

Sarah Lee - Lecturer

Sarah lectures in the Higher Education Business department and has taught across a range of modules on both the Leadership and Management and Business, Enterprise and Management courses. Prior to lecturing, she held leadership roles in the service sector, managing teams at an online pharmaceutical company, a hotel chain and in retail.

She has a BA Hons in Event Management from Leeds Beckett University and is involved in running various events including small community events and festivals. She holds a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and is commencing a Masters in Strategic Project Management.

Richard Myhill - Lecturer

Richard has recently joined University Centre Leeds and has taught leadership and management in another local college; including business, enterprise and marketing. Richard has extensive management and business experience, built up over 25 years with a national high street bank. He undertook a variety of roles in marketing, communications, product management and project management at the bank’s head office; and earlier on as a branch manager in London and a period in technology training. Richard holds a BA Honours Degree in Business Studies and he later completed his PGCE teaching qualification in secondary education (business).

David Tipple - Coaching Tutor

David works as the University Centre’s coaching tutor, offering support in a range of subjects across the pastoral programme. This new role has been specially designed to assist students’ general wellbeing and provide a point of contact for further support. Prior to this role, David gained 6 years’ experience as a college lecturer teaching on the Sport, Exercise and Science Level 3 programmes. He is currently advancing his knowledge by studying for a Masters in Physical Activity and Health, with the aim of conducting further research in this field.