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 support and grow the College Apprenticeship Income and develop productive relationships with businesses. I lead Business Development around traineeships also.

I spend time working closely with local authorities to keep them involved with College offers and opportunities as well as working with our Lep so we can be involved in any projects and programmes and provide support as a College in our local community.

I also continue to work with employers to engage in academies and T Levels by supporting their business needs and showing them how they can support our curriculum.


Helen Weatherston Head Of Business Development at Barnsley College

Steve Hartley: Senior Account Manager

I joined Barnsley College in 2019. I work with LEVY employers, supporting them to utilise the apprenticeship LEVY to develop both existing staff and establish new talent.  The apprenticeship roles within our partners span across all sectors and we continue to work with employers to develop further training to meet the needs of our local community.

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Steve Hartley Account Manager at Barnsley College

Julia Caldwell: Business Development Officer

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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Darren Nichols: Account Manager

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

Richard Pye: Business Development Recruitment Manager

I joined Barnsley College in February 2018. I manage our Apprenticeship Recruitment team and Business Development Officers. I have experience working with unemployed individuals for over 20 years. Finding the right applicant can be challenging, however very rewarding.

Our team offer a full service from advertising the vacancy to arranging interviews.

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Colin Charlesworth: Account Manager

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 have been with the College since January 2021. My role as an Account Manager is to assist medium to large employers across Yorkshire and The Humber, Sheffield City Region, South Yorkshire and beyond with guidance on suitable job related apprenticeships and the overall upskilling for new and current staffing workforce. Some of the employers I work with are GXO, Barnsley Hospital, Wakefield Council, Barnsley Premier Leisure, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Barnsley Chronicle, National Autistic Society, Hollybank Trust, Kirklees Council and many more.

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Sean Fearn: Business Development Officer

I joined Barnsley College in 2021 in the Industry Placement department. After a year in that team, I gained the opportunity to work for Business Development as a Business Development Officer. My role is to engage with businesses and inform them of different ways in which they can connect and create a partnership with Barnsley College. I’m an advocate in networking and love finding new ways to support employers.

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Last updated: 1st February 2023