College Leadership

Key Staff Members

Get to know our team. With a dedicated staff of over 120 members, Landmarks is supported by a diverse group of professionals. Landmarks’ Key Staff Members look after specific areas of the College’s provision. They are responsible for everything that happens at college within their areas and they contribute to important decisions. Here are some of the key faces you might encounter during your time at the college.

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Larry Brocklesby

Principal | Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from Hull University in 2001, Larry initially worked in corporate accounts for both SME and multinational organisations.

 

Following a period of teaching mathematics, Larry joined a large Independent Specialist College where he led their education department through two Ofsted inspections.

 

Larry has held numerous charity trustee and governor roles, more recently at a special school in Mansfield. Larry is passionate about specialist post-16 education, creating opportunities for learners to achieve life-changing goals, whether that is supporting learners to develop communication skills or securing employment for the first time.

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Clare Connolly

Director of Quality and Education

Graduating from Manchester Met in 2009, with a B.A. (Honours) degree in English and Performing Arts she then continued her studies gaining her PGCE from Huddersfield University in 2011.

 

Clare’s background is teaching within the FE sector with a specialism in English. Clare worked for an independent specialist college for 7 years where she progressed from a teacher, though to curriculum manager, to then managing their study programme alongside their specialist curriculum in complex needs. 

 

Clare is an outstanding teacher and has a huge passion for functional skills and for learners to progress to their fullest potential within their life goals and their own personal ambition.

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Kelly Ledwood

Director of Finance, ICT & Enterprise

Kelly joined Landmarks in 2022 as a Financial Assistant working her way up to Finance Manager and now Director. With 9 years of experience, Kelly has gained her QCF and is now studying for her degree in the Association of Charted Accounts.

 

Kelly has played a pivotal role in ensuring Landmarks goes from strength to strength and retains the financial integrity for growing an ambitious business.

 

During her time at Landmarks, Kelly has played a key role in making sure the finance side runs smoothly an nothing is disrupted. Helping with the purchase of a new building in Rotherham, which will help the provisions grow.

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Emily Lang

Director of Human Resources & Core Services

Emily graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in Education Studies and is now working towards a MSc in Human Resource Management.

 

Emily joined Landmarks in 2016, progressing through Human Resources roles, where she now leads this important function for over 100 staff.

 

During her time at Landmarks, Emily has been an active member in recruiting and selecting skilled and professional employees to ensure the College continues to strive to work towards outstanding. Emily is passionate about the wellness of employees, assisting in developing effective internal wellbeing support techniques.

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Katie Simpson

Director of Learner Welfare and Progression

Katie graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and joined Landmarks shortly afterwards as a Learning Support Assistant.

 

After a few years of supporting learners across different areas in the college, Katie joined the management team leading the development of information, advice, and guidance.

 

Katie is passionate about supporting the personal development of young adults with SEND to enable them to be prepared for adulthood and believes this can be achieved through creating an educational pathway that meets the needs of the individual. Katie is also a Designated Safeguarding Lead and Director of Curriculum.

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Matthew Woolass

Quality Improvement Manager

From 2014 – 2018 Matt has been a Sports Lecturer — Teaching both A-Levels and BTEC curriculum across a range of different levels at Nottingham College. Matt also worked with the LFE to teach both Nottingham Forest and Notts County Youth Academy.

 

From 2018 — Feb 2022 Matt was an Advanced Practitioner — Driving forward improvements within teaching and learning, focusing on both Quality Improvement and Assurance. Matt’s main roles undertaken focused on mentoring, coaching and training teachers to deliver high-quality education across several different faculty areas.

 

Alongside being an Advanced Practitioner, Teacher Trainer — Delivering the Level 3 Award in Education & Training to aspiring teachers, supporting them with their step into the teaching profession.

 

Matt’s passion is around being innovative, creative and forward-thinking, passing on ideas and strategies to be implemented within the classroom.

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Polly Mallender

Developing Independence Curriculum Manager

Polly joined Landmarks as a Learning Support Assistant in 2013. Polly has enjoyed working her way up the career ladder, working within Lifelong Learning, Supported Internships, and different management roles. Whiles working at Landmarks, Polly graduated from the University of Derby in 2017 with a Certificate in Education.

 

She is a great lover of all things outdoors, with a passion for horse riding and hiking. Polly oversees our Duke of Edinburgh provision and is a great advocate for outdoor learning. Polly is an outstanding teacher, having a plethora of experience teaching different subjects.

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Brian Harrison

Wayfinder Manager

Brian has worked in the SEN sector within a large specialist college as a department manager for the past 16 years. Before this, he spent 17 years in managerial roles within the retail sector.

 

He has significant experience leading and training in Safeguarding, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and People Development across several industries.

 

Brian joined Landmarks in 2018 to lead Wayfinder Recruitment Agency, which compliments the College’s Employability Pathway. Under his leadership Wayfinder Recruitment has created strong relationships with many local and national employers, resulting in high levels of successful job outcomes for learners.

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Rebecca Matthews-Johnson

Day Services Manager (LifeLong Learning)

Rebecca started her career working for Nottinghamshire County Council over 25 years ago. Working within Day Services she has gained much experience and has an abundance of skills and knowledge in working with people who have learning and Physical disabilities, autism, and challenging behaviour. Rebecca has also had experience working with dementia.

 

Over the years Rebecca has completed job-specific training in Health and Social Care and has specialised in Learning disabilities. After 21 years of service with the local authority, Rebecca decided she wanted to broaden her experience and further her career. She since has worked in numerous managerial roles within the Health and Social Care sector.

 

She joined Landmarks in July 2021 to run the day service and lead the team.

 

Rebecca is passionate about delivering an outstanding high-quality service to all her learners on the provision. She is excited about the positive outcome she will bring to the service and the impact it will have on the Learners.

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Darren Mitchell

General Manager of The Archer | Tutor

Darren started working at Centre Parcs, Newark, where he worked in a number of key customer service roles.

 

After five years at Centre Parcs, Darren moved on to Ladbrokes for a further eight years as Branch Manager in a number of shops in and around Nottingham City.

 

He has worked for Wetherspoons and Stonegate pub companies as General Manager in numerous busy public houses, where he developed his desire to train people to work successfully in the bar and restaurant trade. Darren joined Landmarks in 2016 as our Hospitality and Catering trainer and has led the development of our unique training provision at The Archer.

 

Qualifying as a teacher in 2020 Darren also continues to lead developments within our Employability pathway at our Coach House site, in Nottingham.