Julie Milburn

Julie Milburn

Principal and CEO of Sparsholt College Group

Julie Milburn has an extensive professional history which includes over 20 years’ experience in further and higher education. She has previously been Vice Principal at Farnborough College of Technology (FCOT), covering both FE and HE with extensive involvement in industry partnerships, and previously Head of School at FCOT. Prior to FCOT, Julie had been at Newbury College and at East Durham & Houghall College in a variety of teaching and management roles. Whilst at East Durham and Houghall, Julie was based at Houghall campus, the specialist residential land based college campus in County Durham.

Julie has a background in Sports Science and has worked closely with sports based and many other employers and businesses. Julie has extensive professional expertise and experience in the design and delivery of curriculum for Further and Higher education and the quality improvement of the same. Julie also has extensive professional expertise of supporting and safeguarding students being the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Sparsholt and Andover Colleges.

Julie took up her current post of Deputy Principal Curriculum in July 2018 and, following external advertisement, was appointed from a very strong field of applicants to be Principal Designate (July 2020). Julie succeeded Tim Jackson in July 2020 after Tim retired from his post after 22 years as Principal.

Suzanne Grant

Suzanne Grant

Deputy Principal Corporate and Deputy Chief Executive

Suzanne has been a member of the senior team at Sparsholt for eight years, heading up Management Information, Information Technology, Admissions, Higher Education, Commercial Services, Apprenticeships and Work Placement Teams. Suzanne has a detailed understanding of college funding arrangements and writes all bids and funding applications for the college. Suzanne’s exceptional bid successes have led to an impressive level of capital investment throughout the college estate during her time with us. Her passion for driving the college forward has led to modernisation of many college operating systems and ways of working.

She holds a degree in Sociology and Industrial Relations from Southampton University and a Masters in Industrial Relations from Warwick University.

Suzanne is passionate about her work and is inspired by the real difference that our staff and our students make.

Caroline James

Caroline James

Vice Principal and Dean of Higher Education

Caroline has worked for the Sparsholt College Group for 15 years, with both FE and HE students, and has headed up the HE team since 2015. During this time she has led on the registration with the Office for Students, the development of the Access and Participation Plan and the achievement of a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Caroline is the principal point of contact with our validating partner, the University of Portsmouth and works closely with them to ensure that our Higher Education quality and standards meet the needs of our students and the demands of the UK Quality Code. Engaging with students to use their feedback to inform and develop our degree programmes is a core value.

Caroline has a degree in Agriculture followed by nearly 20 years of experience working in the Agri-food sector and more recently gained a Masters in Education. This combination drives her enthusiasm for preparing our degree students for a career in the land-based industries.

Mark Treagust

Mark Treagust

Vice Principal (Curriculum) Sparsholt

Mark has worked in further education for 14 years and is the Vice Principal – Curriculum for Sparsholt College. Mark studied a BA in Sport Development at Chichester University followed by an MA in Sport and Development at Southampton Solent University. He has also received a PGCE in Education from the University of Surrey.

Mark started his career as a Sport Science lecturer, before moving on to become a Programme Manager of Sport and Protective Services and then a Head of Faculty at Farnborough College of Technology. Mark has experience of teaching and curriculum leadership of both FE and HE provision across a range of subject areas. Through Mark’s Sport Development background and research he has a particular interest in social inclusion of minority ethnic groups within Education settings and conducted a study on adolescent Nepali’s in the Rushmoor Borough area, using Sport as a vehicle for social integration.

In addition to his role at the college Mark also works with the FEA as a coach and mentor to Teaching Apprenticeships in a variety of colleges around the South of England.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes

Vice Principal (Curriculum), Andover College

Ben has worked in further education for 15 years, starting his career as a Sport Lecturer after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sport Studies. He has also received a PCGE in Education from University of Southampton.

Ben started as a lecturer in Sport before moving to be Head of Sport. He worked extensively with a wide range of national exam boards supporting the development of different qualifications within the sport sector. He progressed shortly after that to become Head of Sixth Form, responsible for the A Level curriculum at Andover College. Ben has since taken on a wider role for the Andover curriculum as Vice Principal. He has a passion for supporting teaching, learning and assessment so that students receive an outstanding education that helps them to develop as individuals and progress on to aspirational careers.

Since its inception, the Andover campus has grown significantly both in terms of its size and quality and Ben is committed to ensuring that it is well positioned to serve its community and maximise opportunities that present themselves during the proposed redevelopment of Andover town centre.

Nathan Heslop

Nathan Heslop

Group Director of Finance

Nathan joined us in September 2021 and is responsible for heading up the Finance & Procurement functions for the Sparsholt College Group.

His focus is on ensuring that the College’s resources are appropriately managed, which includes the stewardship of the College’s finances, budgeting and the preparation of the financial statements. Nathan is keen to ensure that the College’s resources are directed as much as possible into enhancing the student experience.

Nathan is Chartered Accountant and a Business Management graduate, having studied at the University of Surrey.  Nathan has over 20 years’ experience of working in senior finance & commercial roles across a broad range of sectors.  As UK Finance Director for Aramark, Nathan worked closely with the college to forge a strategic catering partnership that continues to date.

Nathan is a keen advocate of education at all levels and current serves as Non-Executive Director & Trustee of Partners in Learning Multi Academy Trust.