Di has been Principal and Chief Executive of Brockenhurst College since 2006. With a staff of 700, Brockenhurst College provides education and training to nearly 2500 full-time 16-18 year olds studying A levels and vocational qualifications, 700 apprentices and 7500 mainly part-time adults. The College also has a significant Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision. With sites across the New Forest and in Southampton the College works with over 300 local and regional businesses. The College attracts 150 full-time international students from 30 countries each year and has also delivered A level education in two schools in China for a number of years. The College has a well-established and innovative shared services company set up in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College.
Di taught for over twenty five years across the ability levels and has significant experience in education, training and business, including time as an Ofsted Inspector. She was Deputy Chair of the Association of Colleges (AoC) from 2009 to 2015 and currently chairs the national AoC SEN Group. In 2011, in recognition of her services to further education, Di was awarded a CBE.
We welcome her as a presenter for the Audience Favourite Award.