Our leadership team has a passion for seeing learners, our communities and the businesses we work with succeed. They combine this drive with expertise, skills, knowledge and experience, from both the public and private sectors, to lead with ambition, care and professionalism.
Jason Austin is CEO and Principal of the RNN Group. His experience incorporates 30 years of teaching and managing in the Further Education sector.
Tracey Mace-AkroydDeputy CEO and Principal
Tracey Mace-Akroyd is Deputy CEO/Principal of the RNN Group. Tracey’s teaching career began as a lecturer in landbased at Rother Valley College.
Phil CurtisExecutive Director of Finance
Phil Curtis is the Executive Director of Finance at the RNN Group and has responsibility for strategic financial leadership and management across the Group.
Jane Hartog is the Executive Director of Human Resources, Organisational Development and Marketing at the RNN Group.
Cath MollartExecutive Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Services
As Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Corporate Services, Cath Mollart has responsibility for the strategic leadership of key support areas and the development of strategies to ensure the effective delivery of the core corporate functions/services.
Lucy BarnwellDirector of Learner Recruitment and Marketing
Lucy is the Director of Learner Recruitment and Marketing and has strategic responsibility for the organisation’s engagement with all stakeholders throughout the Rotherham and North Notts areas.
Mark RyanVice Principal – Curriculum
Mark is the Vice Principal – Curriculum across the Group. Mark has strategic responsibility for all curriculum areas along with day-day oversight of all curriculum and learning within the group, leading to student/customer success.
Debra AdamsDirector of Campus – Dearne Valley College
Prior to working in Further and Higher Education, Debra Adams held a variety of jobs, firstly as a qualified hairdresser and then latterly in the Emergency Health Care sector.
James GodsellDirector of Business Development and Apprenticeships
As Director of Employer Partnerships for RNN Group, James is responsible for building and maintaining employer relationships to support our students transition to the world of work, along with supporting local employers to access the skills needed in industry.
Cheryl MartinDirector of Quality and Academic Standards
As Assistant Principal Quality and Learner Experience, Cheryl Martin is responsible for maintaining and improving all aspects of quality assurance and improvement.
Laura ReidDirector of Safeguarding and Student Support
After completing her BSc Psychology degree, Laura joined Rotherham College as a mentor working in the 14 – 19 Development team raising aspirations.
Keith SandersonDirector of Campus – Rotherham College
Keith was formerly the Campus Manager at North Notts College before taking on the role at Rotherham College so he has great experience at leading a campus within the Group.
Mel SmithDirector of Campus – North Notts College
Mel has over twenty years’ experience working in the Further Education sector, leading a diverse range of curriculum including Accounting, Business, Community, Employability, ESOL and Travel.
Daniel StanbraDirector of Adult Education, Contracts & English and Maths
Daniel Stanbra is the Director of Adult Education and Contracts at the RNN Group. Daniel has strategic reponsibility for the organisation’s engagement with the diverse communities across the Rotherham and North Nottinghamshire regions.