UTC Leadership Team
Paul Ramage has been appointed as Principal at SGS Berkeley Green UTC. After gaining his BEng at Brunel University he spent five years working in the Automotive Industry, doing research with Warwick Manufacturing Group on using advanced technology to speed up the design process. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Business Management, Paul went into teaching, working in a number of schools in Worcestershire as Head of Physics, Head of Science, Assistant Head in charge of Sixth Form and most recently as Deputy Head of The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre.
Paul describes this new role as his dream job, combining his passion for engineering, computing and science with the privilege of working with young people, helping to form them into the technological leaders of tomorrow.
Paul's role will be to ensure the pursuit of technical and academic excellence at the UTC, inspiring staff and students towards a passion for quality and the development of a 'can-do attitude'.
Andrew Keenan has been appointed as Assistant Principal at the SGS Berkeley Green UTC. Andrew has worked in education for over 10 years at Secondary and FE levels, including several years training apprentices for QinetiQ. He has over 15 years industry experience in aerospace, where he has worked on multiple aircraft and projects. His most recent post was as head of Engineering at SGS College where, for the last 18 months, he has also been involved in developing the UTC.
As well as teaching Engineering and Science, part of his role will be engaging with employer partners to ensure that the curriculum is relevant, as well as developing employer projects and supported internships.
"From day one I have been excited by the opportunities this new type of education will give our students. The close relationships between ourselves, SGS College, the University of Gloucestershire and our employer partners means that students leaving us will be best prepared for their next steps, whether that is a degree, apprenticeship or straight into industry. I am delighted that I will be involved in supporting our students on that exciting journey."
Gareth Lister has been appointed as Assistant Principal at the SGS Berkeley Green UTC. Gareth has been teaching for 10 years, and has taught a wide range of students from a number of different schools. Once he completed his Computer Science degree he taught ICT and Computing at a school in Birmingham before moving down to the South West to continue teaching in Wiltshire. Gareth has a passion for both Computer Science and education, and he is really looking forward to teaching the next generation of Computer Scientists.
Stephen has twenty-five years' experience of classroom life and wider educational discourse, having been Head of Department in several large schools, an Examiner, a specialist Subject Adviser for QCA, an Assistant Head, and Senior Lecturer in University Teaching Training. He is currently also Director of the Prince's Teaching Institute's Schools Programme, which he helped establish nearly ten years ago. Stephen has an MA in Children's Literature and has contributed to a number of books on education and children's literature.
As well as working with the UTC on its brand-new English curriculum, Stephen has a wider role in SGS Academy Trust, and describes the role as a wonderful opportunity to create something special across the region for students to experience the very best that English language and literature has to offer.
Rich Williams has been appointed as Director of Faculty (Computing and Digital Technology) at SGS Berkeley Green UTC. Rich spent seven years in IT technical support roles across three different secondary schools in South Gloucestershire, before training to teach. He is currently Subject Team Leader for Computing & IT and Raising Standards Leader for Year 10 at a School in Bristol, which opened in 2005 and gave him his first experience of setting up a brand new school. His role will be to lead the development of an inspiring, engaging and relevant curriculum for students that will prepare them for the next phase in their education or employment.
Robert Morgan has been appointed Director of Faculty (Mathematics) at the SGS Berkeley Green UTC. Rob has worked in education for 10 years after leaving the University of Durham with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics. He completed his MA in Education whilst working as a mathematics teacher. Rob started his career in a school for students with special educational needs and has since held a variety of posts including Head of Year and Lead Practitioner for Mathematics in large secondary schools in London.
As well as teaching Rob's role will be to ensure that the mathematics curriculum supports and furthers student's development, not just in maths but within their chosen specialisms at SGS Berkeley Green. Rob is particularly excited about developing a new curriculum that focuses not only on skills but also on mathematical applications.
"I am thrilled to be part of this exciting opportunity as maths, and in particular applied maths, has always been a passion of mine. Having taught in a variety of schools I am really looking forward to being at Berkeley Green UTC from its very first day and seeing our young people take advantage of the possibilities this type of school can offer them."