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Craig Robinson

Graduated from Liverpool John Moores University having completed a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport and Exercise Science as well as a PGCE in Further Education from Huddersfield University. Craig joined Calderdale College in 2007 having worked across various FE and Secondary Schools in South Yorkshire. Currently the Assistant Curriculum Manager for Science and Health Industries, Lead Interval Verifier (Sports) and still teaching on the Level 3 Sports course, Craig has a real passion for sport and more specifically football where he has represented many non-league teams. 

Dave Kitson

I have 32 years’ experience working in the Police for 2 years and Fire and Rescue Services for 30 Years. I worked as an instructor/tutor at the Brigade Training Establishment where I studied for my Certificate in Education (through Huddersfield University).

I enjoyed training staff and also educating young people in Community Safety. When I retired from the services I wanted to pass on my experience to young people in the hope that with anecdotal examples they would like to take up a career in the public services for themselves. I have been at the college for over 11 years and teach across a range of levels and subjects.

I support each of my students to achieve their qualification and to share my passion within their employability as public servants and provide opportunities that prepare them for the world of work.

I continually ensure my own professional development by attending courses and keeping contact with the services.

Jade Curry

Jade joined Calderdale College in 2009 after completing her PGCE at Huddersfield University. Previously to this, Jade completed a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science where she developed a keen interest in the field of exercise physiology and worked in a university undertaking research in the field. At Calderdale College, Jade is a Level 3 Sport Course Leader who teaches across a range of units.

Justin Magner

Justin Magner, PGCE, BA (Hons) Community Sport, Leisure & Recreation Studies. I am also currently studying for an MSc in Sport & Exercise Science. Lecturer and Course Leader for Level 3 Sport Development, Coaching & Fitness & Level 2 Fitness Instructing. Justin brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of sports development, sports coaching and fitness to his current role of Lecturer and Course Leader at Calderdale College.

Previous Employment Includes:

• Sports Development Officer & Fitness Lecturer, Huddersfield New College

• Regional Physical Education & Sport Development Officer, Sport England

• Sports Projects Officer, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

• Sports Development Officer, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

• School Sports Development Coach, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

• Talent Scout, Manchester United FC

• Youth Football Coach, RBKC/Chelsea FC Partnership

Kathryn Beckley

Kathryn is the level 1 & 2 Sport Course Leader and lecturer across levels 1-3 in Sport. She has worked within the Sports Department at Calderdale College for several years after completing her BSc (Hons) in Exercise, Physical Activity and Health and PGCE at Huddersfield University. She is also a  level 2 trained gym instructor and qualified coach in a selection of sports.

Kieran O’Connell

Kieran has worked at Calderdale College for several years. In that time he has taught across the range of levels 1 to 5 and is currently the course leader for the Level 2 Diploma in Public Services. Kieran, like the rest of his team, brings a wealth of industry experience to the course having served as a member of the Armed Forces and says “I like to reflect on my own experience of education and remind myself that everybody deserves a chance, this in turn motivates me to go the extra mile for my learners. The course is challenging at times but equally as rewarding, we have a professional & dependable team that prides itself on its performance. We use a range of assessment and teaching methods to ensue absolute differentiation and a fair crack at success, my aspiration is to see a positive outcome for every student that walks through our doors.”

Peter Bolton

Before working in Higher Education my public service experience has been working with the Royal Navy for over twenty years, this experience has given me the insight to develop and support the HNC Public Services course, by sharing my experiences with the students bring an authenticity to the units that the course covers. I have a Graduateship in management and a certificate in education. I hold numerous adventures training qualifications that I gained as a joint services mountain leader (JSML) that I put to good use within the HNC and level 1, 2, &3 Public Services courses. 

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