Meet the Business Development team

Helen Weatherston: Director Of Business Development

I joined Barnsley College in November 2018. In addition to overseeing the Business Development team, I manage accounts, like Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Premdor (part of the Masonite UK Group), Ardagh Glass (part of the Ardagh Group) and XPO Logistics.

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Helen Weatherston Head Of Business Development at Barnsley College

Karl Garratty: Account Manager

I joined Barnsley College in August 2019. I look after some large clients who meet the criteria for the Apprenticeship Levy (having a wage bill of at least £3m). Those include Kier Group, Berneslai Homes and AmcoGiffen who each have multiple apprentices with us, studying a range of apprenticeship programmes including Team Leader/Supervisor, Construction: Design and Build Technician and Property Maintenance Operative.

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Karl Garratty Account Manager at Barnsley College

Chris Nicholson: Account Manager

I joined the Barnsley College team in September 2019. My clients are predominantly in the Digital and IT Sector, I also deal with School Academy Trusts. Some large accounts I manage are Wellspring Academy Trust, Arm Ltd and our apprenticeship provision delivered in Shropshire. I have a particular focus on qualifications for the Digital Industries sector, some of which are very new; roles such as Data Analysts and Network Infrastructure Technicians.

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Chris Nicholson Account Manager at Barnsley College

Steve Hartley: Senior Account Manager

I joined the Barnsley College team in August 2019. I work with Leeds Teaching Hospital, Barnsley Hospital and Company Food Shop to name just a few. The apprenticeship roles in those accounts are a mix of Healthcare and Business and Management. Recently I have supported Barnsley Football Club to recruit Property Maintenance Operatives.

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Steve Hartley Account Manager at Barnsley College

Julia Caldwell: Employer Engagement Co-ordinator

I joined Barnsley College in 2010. I work with a large variety of small, local businesses including hair and beauty salons, restaurants, cafes and childcare providers. Apprentice roles are often specific to the business, such as Hairdressing, Beauty Therapist, Early Years Educator or Professional Cook. I also deal with apprenticeships which are more general and apply to all businesses, like Business Administration and Team Leader roles.

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Julia Caldwell Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at Barnsley College

Sarah Hattersley: Business Development Officer

I joined Barnsley College in August 2019. My focus is on small and medium-sized organisations who are looking to recruit just one or two apprentices, or upskill their existing employees. Sectors are varied and roles are across the board with a lot of Business and Management apprenticeships which are relevant to any business.

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Sarah Hattersley Business Development Officer at Barnsley College

Darren Nichols: Business Development Officer

I joined Barnsley College in August 2020, during a very busy and unusual time which saw employers facing the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic. I work with clients and partners including Harrison Spinks, Hallamshire Golf Club and the University of Sheffield.

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Darren Nichols BDO at Barnsley College

Colin Charlesworth: Business Development Officer

I joined Barnsley College in October 2020. I am currently working with small / medium size businesses in any sector, with a current focus on the Construction sector. I believe that ‘going above and beyond’ for certain clients means that other clients are not receiving the service they deserve. Every business I have any dealings with will receive the best I can offer.

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Daniel Cherryholme: Account Manager

I joined Barnsley College in January 2021. I am really loving the opportunities to assist businesses in obtaining training and apprenticeships to upskill their current staff within their roles, or to take on new candidates to increase and strengthen their workforce.

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Last updated: 11th May 2022