Saturday, 05 September 2015

New building is my best achievement

MARK Nicholson, 50, is Deputy Principal Curriculum and Quality at Furness College, in Barrow.

What was your first job?

Apart from helping my dad on building sites, Apprentice Electrician at what is now BAE Systems.

How did you get your current job?

I worked my way through a wide variety of posts before being appointed by the college governors to my current role in 2009.

Describe the company in one sentence.

Delivering skills and education to inspire and change lives.

How many hours do you work a week?

It varies but on average 45-50.

How many people are you responsible for?

270 employees, 5,000 students.

What’s your greatest achievement?

Working as part of the team that secured funding for the new college campus. Now that it is built, it is ensuring that the facilities are used to improve the skills and employment prospects of the people in this area.

What gives you the biggest work buzz?

Seeing students use their skills and qualifications to progress their careers.

What’s your motto at work?

What can we do next?

What’s the best thing about being a boss?

Being able to influence positive change.

What’s the worst thing about being a boss?

Keeping up with the constant changes and demands on the Further Education sector.

What’s your favourite website?

Apart from Furness College,

Your first car?

VW Polo

How do you relax?

Fell Walking (169 Wainwrights so far), watching cricket, reading and listening to music.

What’s the best thing about doing business in Cumbria?

The people and the sense of community.

If we arrived at your office today, what item might we be surprised to find on your desk?

A cricket bat

Something your employees would be surprised to find out about you...

I know all the words to the musical version of Les Misérables.


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