The Directorate consists of executive and non-executive Directors. The executive Directors lead the management of the organisation, and are responsible for strategic management and development.
Andrew Whitehead (Executive Director for Business)
Andrew has an Honours Degree in Zoology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). He has taught and managed courses in Further and Higher Education across a wide range of subjects including: Science, Health, Conservation & Environmental Studies, Information Technology and Animal Management. Andrew has been a Director of DLC since 2001 and has extensive experience of Business Management, previously running a Web Design Company and working as a Senior Manager in a Local Authority Environmental Management Department.
Karen Hayday (Executive Director for Curriculum)
Karen has a degree in Psychology and Sociology, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has been a researcher at a University and has taught and managed courses in Further and Higher Education for well over 30 years. Karen has been an external examiner for the Royal College of Nursing and is also a qualified Occupational Tester. Karen founded DistanceLearningCentre.com (DLC) in 1993.
Nicky Leeth (non-Executive Director)
Nicky has a Degree and Masters in Psychology also a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has been a researcher at a University. She co-founded DistanceLearningCentre.com (as Distance Learning Centre) in 1993 with Karen Hayday. Prior to working for the DistanceLearningCentre.com full time she managed and taught within the Social Studies department of a highly successful FE College in NW England where she was responsible for over 1000 students and 15 staff. Her teaching experience includes degree courses as well as level 2 and 3, adults , 16-18 year old learners and trainee teachers. She has been an examiner for AQA A level Psychology. Nicky is also a Leader for National Trust working holidays with a special interest in woodland conservation. In her spare time she is a bee-keeper and is back in the classroom as a student taking bee-keeping examinations.
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