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 Officer (CEO)

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.

The chief accountabilities of the Principal and CEO are for: governance, strategic development and direction, people knowledge management as the Chief Accounting Officer and iresonsibility for making proposals to the Corporation for the College’s educational character, vision and mission, working closely with the Corporation to achieve the strategic goals of the organisation.  

Claire Dolan

Claire Dolan

Deputy Principal Strategy, Partnership & Business Development (Designated WGCC Lead)

Responsible for: business operations across the College. This includes developing and maintaining stakeholder relations (by attending local advisory and employer boards) and the generation of commercial business to contribute to the College’s requirement to diversify income streams. The responsibilities also include Marketing and Communications, which consists of responsibility for brand, profile and reputation of the College as well as admissions, recruitment and the Strategic annual Operational Plan. They have a strategic focus on increasing the number of adults accessing provision to support them in reskilling or upskilling.

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Phil Briscoe

Deputy Principal Curriculum, Performance and Student Experience • Curriculum, Performance and Student Experience

Responsible for:

I have over 20 years experience of teaching and working in Further Education and worked in Deputy Principal roles since 2019. My specialisms are curriculum, quality and teaching and learning. I am a passionate advocate for students with an important responsibility and focus on the quality of the experience they receive and ensuring that all students reach and exceed their potential. I have two daughters aged 5 and 9 who are my world. With the hope that my efforts will play a part in them or other parent’s children having the opportunity to grow and excel in a high quality educational environment.


Ana Guimaraes

Director of Curriculum

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


Barbara Jones

Interim Director of Human Resources

Responsible for: Human Resources and Staff Development

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