Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson

Principal

Tim has been the Principal at the College since 1998 having been Vice Principal, Head of Faculty and Course Tutor/Manager prior to that. In 2007 Sparsholt College took over the Tertiary College
in Andover, now renamed Andover College. Tim is the Chair of Landex, the chair of the Hampshire Principals’ Group, an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies and President of New Forest Show 2014.

Tim is a graduate Applied Biologist who worked with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food before training to teach in Further Education.

He is passionate about education and technology and spearheads the College’s Sustainable technology agenda.

Martin Simmons

Martin Simmons

Deputy Principal

Martin Simmons has worked in Senior Management in Further Education for approximately 10 years. Formerly Director of Curriculum at Southampton City College, he has been Vice Principal at Sparsholt College since 2007 where he heads up the FE and HE curriculum, commercial services, student support, quality improvement and marketing. As college nominee he led a successful Ofsted inspection in 2014 resulting in all teaching being graded as Outstanding or Good.

Martin is a Psychology graduate and a qualified mental health social worker. He is passionate about organisational culture and creating an operating environment where quality and empowerment work hand in hand.

Stephen Horrobin

Stephen Horrobin

Director of Finance

Stephen joined us in February 2015 and is responsible for heading up the Finance function at Sparsholt College.

Stephen is a Chartered Management Accountant and has previously undertaken senior roles within both the commercial and not for profit sector including  Oxford University, O2 and Inchcape.  His main focus is on ensuring that the College’s resources are appropriately managed, and that they are directed as much as possible into enhancing the student experience e.g. by streamlining administrative processes.

Suzanne Grant

Suzanne Grant

Vice-Principal, Commercial

Suzanne has been a member of the senior management team at Sparsholt for three years heading up the Commercial and Customer Services team which includes, adult skills, commercial training, apprenticeships and other government initiatives such as ESF. Suzanne has been instrumental in shaping employer engagement at the College, leading on a number of funding bids such as the recent LEP funding initiatives.

She holds a degree in Sociology and industrial relations and a masters in Industrial relations.

Suzanne is passionate about her work and is inspired by the possibilities created by the College and difference that can be made to students’ lives.

Stuart Barlow

Stuart Barlow

Vice-Principal, Curriculum

Stuart first joined the college in 1990 as a lecturer in Landscape and Horticulture. He progressed through the ranks joining the SLT in 2010 and now has cross curriculum responsibility for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

Stuart has a wide range of qualifications including a degree in Horticulture, a Masters in Management and Level 2 in Rugby Coaching.
Stuart believes in providing the right support for staff and students so progress and achievement are natural elements or our day to day operations.