Meet The Senior Leadership Team

Oaklands College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for all our students. Our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) ensures that teaching and learning provision and standards in line with the current educational curriculum and national levels of expectation. The SLT is responsible for steering and supporting the strategic direction of the college.

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Andrew Slade

Principal and Chief Executive

I have extensive FE experience having held a number of senior positions, including Principal at South Thames College and Deputy Principal at London South East Colleges. I am passionate about education as a key to unlock people’s potential and I feel privileged to work in a sector that makes such a significant difference to people’s lives and that contributes so much to our society and economy.


Harpreet Nagra

Deputy Principal

I have worked in further education as an ESOL and English teacher with a number of colleges before moving into a quality role at Central Bedfordshire College.

After that, I joined Ofsted and became a Her Majesty’s Inspector for three years. I joined Oaklands College in October 2018.

Responsible for: Apprenticeships, Careers and Learning Services, Curriculum, Exams & Achievement, Higher Education, IT Services, Quality and Workbased Learning


Ana Guimaraes

Director of Curriculum

Responsible for: Business, Computing & IT, Construction Management, Engineering, Electrical, Landbased Industries, Plumbing, Public Services, Sport and Travel & Tourism


David Alder

Director of Marketing and Admissions

I have worked in higher and further education as a marketing director for over 15 years. Before that I spent a number of years as part of the senior management team of a large marketing consultancy based in London whose clients included Microsoft, IBM and smile Bank.

Responsible for: Admissions, Commercial Income, Communications and Marketing


Paul McCormack

Finance Director

Responsible for: Finance, Accounting and Fiscal Planning


Barbara Jones

Interim Director of Human Resources

Responsible for: Human Resources and Staff Development

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