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Meet Our Team!


Samwarit Gebre

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Samwarit has a lot of experience of performing office administration and customer-focused roles to high-quality standards. Part of Samwarit’s responsibilities includes overseeing student queries and supporting the office team to ensure smooth running day to day activities.


Clare Skeffington

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Clare has worked for many years in customer service roles performing to a high level. Since joining OLC she has become a valuable member of the team in providing a first point of contact to our students and helping them resolve a range of issues.


Zoe Biggins

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Zoe has a level 2 in Health and Social Care and is currently studying and training at OLC in Student Services. She is completing an apprenticeship in Business which is a course with a 2 year duration. Eventually she would like to pursue a career in Business. Whilst at  OLC she is looking at developing her qualifications, experience, confidence and skill set. 

Kelly Haslam

Head of Student Finance

Kelly supports Director of Student Services leading our student services team. Kelly enjoys liaising with community champions, students and partners regarding all aspects of our student’s journey ( From recruitment to Graduation). Kelly is also responsible for Academic fees and invoicing. Kelly thrives on being involved with our student body and is very hands on.



Katie Smith

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Katie is a student administrator and student welfare officer who has a level 4 in Health and Social Care, she is currently studying in her second year of HND level 5 Healthcare practice for England. Katie has a level 2 in Business Administration and deals with general office duties whilst working along side the student services team in supporting students. She has experience in data inputting and certificates in Safeguarding level 3, Health and Safety and First Aid. Katie has been one of our longest members of staff at OLC for almost 9 years and is looking to do her level 6 top-up degree and progress on to a PGCE in the future.

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Rafeed Hassan

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Rafeed is a member of the student services team with significant experience in safeguarding and protection. He has worked in the private sector in the UK and for NGOs abroad managing projects as well as designing policies with a strong focus on safeguarding. Rafeed graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in BSC(Hons) Economics & Business Studies and is passionate about helping others. Here at OLC he is a part of the pastoral care team offering valuable support to students and looking after their welfare.

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Hollie Burgess

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Hollie has a level 3 in Health and Social Care and is planning on progressing onto her level 4 and 5 here at OLC. Hollie has customer service experience but hopes to develop her skill set and career to gain more experience while being apart of the student services team.

Luca Mihaila

Digital Marketer

Luca is currently undertaking a digital marketing apprenticeship with OLC supporting the wider IT function. Already with a Level 3 qualification in Art & Design Luca is looking to pursue a career in the digital world where he can showcase his graphical design skills.

Jane Kear

IT Assistant

Jane provides general advice and support for our students, working just over 5 years for the company firstly as part of the reception team and more recently as part of our IT Support. 


Sarah Moraes

Director Of Curriculum Services

Sarah provides leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, review and evaluation of the curriculum programmes. Sarah has a Masters in Inclusive Education and a BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care from the University of Bolton. In addition, Sarah has graduated with a distinction in Post Graduate Certificate in Education (TLAN). Sarah’s valuable and relevant experience in both the Educational and Health and Social Care Sector has given her the willingness to enhance adult engagement through widening participation and inclusive educational practices.

Julie Semmens

Director Of Student Services

Julie is a member of the student services team with over 20 years’ experience supporting learners with additional needs. Before joining OLC, Julie has worked in both secondary schools and trauma informed schools, collaborating with students who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Julie has a BA (Hons) degree in Youth and Community, PGCE in Education (TLAN) and is currently studying to be a Senior Fellow of HEA. Julie is the Pastoral Care Officer at OLC, striving to create a positive impact on individuals, their families and the communities they live in.   

Bruce Fu

Director of Quality and Standards

After studying at Salford Business School for 8 years, Bruce is currently in the final stages of achieving his PhD in business management, Bruce is an internal verifier and has worked for assessment bodies such as Pearson.

Greg Paton

Director of MIS and Infrastructure

Greg has achieved QTLS teaching status, a BA in business studies, has multiple MCD’s and an MCSA, is ACIB qualified and tutors L3 and L5 academic sales development.

Frank Oates

CICM Tutor

As an ex-army officer, Frank has gained considerable experience in the trading and commerce sectors where he has worked as a financial coordinator, credit controller and has held many managerial positions.

Nichola Kenny

Head of Higher Education

Nichola has many year’s experience of higher-level management across a range of sectors, including retail, public services, and hospitality. Nichola has a PGCE level 7 and BA (Hons) in Business Management and is currently working towards her MA in Educational Leadership.

Olu Akingbehin

Programme Lead


Olu has achieved a bachelor of business in management, a PGCE, CILT diploma and MSc logistics and supply chain management. Olu’s responsibilities include teaching operations management and marketing essentials.


Charlene Pattison

Programme Manager Business HND

Charlene specialises in financial and management accounting. Charlene has a BA in Accountancy, PGDE, QTLS status and has a TAQA certificate, her most recent academic achievement is a post graduate certificate in Inclusive Education. Charlene also manages our social media pages. #OLCColleges


Mohammad Rahman



Mohammad is an ex-OLC student, whom we are immensely proud of, Mohammad is a prime example of what our students can go on to achieve. Mohammad has achieved BA (Hons) in Business Management and has completed level 7 PGCE. Mohammad currently teaches across both the HNC and HND programmes.

Ernest Kwateng

Director Of London Seven Sisters Campus

With prior experience in consulting, Ernest has held senior education management positions since 2004 and is presently responsible for managing the London Campus.

Currently working towards the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, Ernest holds a BA in Economics and a recently achieved MBA in Higher Education Management from UCL Institute of Education.

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Allan Lawrence

Director Of Projects Beyond Borders

Allan has taught at colleges and universities for over 30 years and has held several managerial positions. He was awarded a doctorate from the University of Greenwich in 1993. Currently, he is a director of the consultancy, Projects Beyond Borders and of two social enterprises, one of which is The Enterprise Centre based in Bury and the other is the National 3D Printing Society. He has also worked as an External Assessor of project applications for the European Commission since 1999.

Liam Pepperell

Work Placement Officer

Liam is responsible for supporting students with finding and completing work placements, he will assess and supervise them throughout, for them to complete this part of their HND Health & Social Care course. Liam has considerable experience working as part of an Occupational Therapy team, in different mental health care settings; facilitating a drug & alcohol awareness group. Liam has a Level 3 Diploma in Criminology.

Waseema Salehuddin

Healthcare Associate Lecturer

Waseema has achieved PGCE in teaching learners with additional needs, a level 5 in health and social care and a masters in English language teaching (ELT). Waseema is a former intern from the University of Bolton and has 20 years of teaching experience to various levels of students in Bangladesh, Thailand and the UK.

Enock Tsapayi

Programme Manager Top Up Degree in Health & Social Care

With a passion for making a difference and impacting the community, Enock is currently undertaking a Masters in Inclusive Education. He completed a Level 7 Inclusive PGCE, QTLS and  holds a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Work. He teaches with a goal to ensure student engagement and experience is achieved.

Mathew Cox

Healthcare Tutor

Mathew has achieved a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, MA in Educational Management and holds QTLS status. Mathew teaches across the HND programme in Health Care Practice for England and the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care top-up programme. Mathew is an advocate for Pedagogy and is a truly inspirational tutor in the classroom. Mathew is a lifelong learner in his expert area of Psychology.

Kirsty Haslam

Healthcare Tutor

Kirsty has achieved a BTEC and national diploma in HASC, HND in HASC, BSC (Hons) in Health and Social care, a PGCE in Education and is currently working as a HASC tutor.


Sohana Taylor

Healthcare Tutor

Sohana has achieved a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a PGCE ( 14+) Teaching Learners with Additional Needs. Sohana Teaches Health and Social Care in Bolton and Manchester.

Zenab Desai

Programme Manager Healthcare Practice for England

Zenab has a BA (Hons) in Sociology, PGCE (M), has achieved QTLS status and is currently studying for her Masters in Educational Leadership. Zenab is the Programme Manager for the Healthcare Practice for England programme. Zenab is passionate about research and supporting students to achieve their true potential and develop their confidence.


Hafsah Hussain

Business Tutor

Hafsah has a BA in International Business and a PGCE Level 7. Hafsah is proactive in organising student engagement activities, supporting both local and national charities. Hafsah is also the editor of our student newsletter.


Sherryl Kikigue

Business Tutor

Sherryl has achieved BSc (Hons) in Business Management and has completed her PGCE 14+ (M), she has recently started her Masters in Educational Leadership. Sherryl currently teaches on the Business HND programme. Sherryl is highly dedicated and passionate about teaching and has a keen interest in providing pastoral and academic support. 


Diana Cole

Business Tutor

Diana has vast experience working across many business sectors. Diana’s preferred subject areas are Law and HRM. Diana has achieved a BSc (Hons) in Business Management, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and has completed her PGCE level 7. Diana is working towards her Fellowship and is currently in discussions with her supervisor to finalise her topic area to commence a Doctorate qualification. Diana has a keen interest in pursuing research within workplace culture.

Dr. Chris Bamber

Managing Director

Before joining OLC (Europe) Ltd Chris worked as Operations Manager for a multi-national manufacturing company for 8 years and before this worked as Quality Manager for a leading U.K manufacturing organisation. Chris now draws upon over 17 years industry and business experience to provide OLC (Europe) Ltd with its strong leadership and direction.


Ronald Todd

Project Consultant

Graduating with a degree in Chemistry Ronnie spent many years in the public education sector progressing to senior management as international project manager at Bradford college. Ronnie has a passion for educational collaborations and currently operates as a director and trustee for a number of organisations seeking to promote educational excellence.

Professor John Sharp

Director Of Academic Affairs

Professor John Sharp is the OLC Emeritus Director of Academic Affairs and a founding father of OLC (Europe) where he retired from in October 2020. John has had an outstanding career in Engineering and Higher Education where he has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, presented over 70 conference papers and supervised to completion over twenty PhD graduates. John is continuing as Director of Studies for PhD supervision at the University of Bolton, Institute of Management with continuing research interest in Organisational Excellence, Higher Education and Business Improvement. John holds an Engineering Doctorate from Bradford University and held until 2009 a Professorial Chair in Organisational Excellence at the University of Salford.