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Group Executive Director

Group Executive Director and Head of Surrey Colleges


Cheri’s role as an Executive Director includes responsibility for faculty leadership of Academic and Professional Studies, Farnham College, Landbased and Lifeskills faculties; strategic lead for teaching, learning and assessment and Safeguarding. With over 25 years’ experience in the Further Education sector, Cheri has undertaken several different roles, including teacher, course leader, and curriculum manager, Assistant Principal teaching, learning and quality, Head of Campus and most recently as Group Executive Director. During 2019-20, Cheri led on the merger of the Surrey Colleges (Guildford College, Merrist Wood College and Farnham College) into Activate Learning.

Cheri enjoys being part of a large group committed to transforming lives through education. During her employment at Activate Learning, Cheri has had ongoing opportunities to ‘learn on the job’; she is a champion of Activate Learning’s Philosophy and is delighted that the organisation continues to retain a strong focus on learners, learning, curriculum design and delivery.

In her spare time, Cheri enjoys several activities, including travelling (Asia being a particular area of interest), sailing, gardening, walking and reading.