Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Colin Peaks,
Principal

Previously a Wilberforce student himself from 1991-1993, Colin has been at the College for seven years. He started as Assistant Principal, then Vice Principal Curriculum, then Deputy Prinicpal before becoming the Principal in September 2018. He has taught in secondary education at two schools in Manchester (Culcheth High School where he was a Teacher of PE and Head of Year, and Birchwood Community High School where he was Head of PE). He moved back to Hull to take up the role of Head of PE at Malet Lambert and was promoted to Head of Faculty.

He then became Assistant Head at Kelvin Hall School, responsible for Behaviour, Attendance and KS4 progress. He led the rebuild of the school under the Building Schools for the Future Project.

Colin’s hobbies include sport; he loves skiing and coaches the Tickton Colts under 10s football team. He also enjoys playing the piano and guitar.

Natalie Sketchley,
Vice Principal

After teaching History at Wilberforce college in 2008, Natalie returned to the college as Vice Principal in 2018. Between 2001- 2007 she lectured in History at the University of Hull. In 2009 she took the role of teacher of History and Politics at Franklin college where she stayed for ten years. At Franklin College she was promoted to the roles of Head of Department, Director of Humanities, Associate Assistant Principal and finally the Assistant Principal before making the move back to Wilberforce College.

She has published nationally on teaching and learning techniques and has delivered training for teachers across the country at other post-16 providers.

In her spare time Natalie enjoys yoga, running and spending her time with her family and young baby.

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Ben Wallis,
Vice Principal

Ben Wallis joined Wilberforce in 2014 as Assistant Principal, before taking up the role of Vice Principal in 2018. After graduating from Leeds Beckett University he taught PE at Wyke Sixth Form College for ten years, where he was also the Head of PE and later a Head of Faculty. Ben’s responsibilities cover Study Support, Careers and Employer Engagement, Marketing and Schools Liaison, and Student Services. He is responsible for Child Protection at the college and is the lead for many of the college’s business community partnerships and initiatives. Outside work, Ben is a keen sportsman and gardener, and enjoys travelling the world.

Jonathan Butler,
Assistant Principal

Jonathan joined Wilberforce in 2014 as Director of STEM and Head of Science, before progressing to his role as Assistant Principal in 2018. He has a BSc from Leeds Beckett and took his B.Ed in Biological Sciences the University of York. His role includes the development of teaching and learning across the college and training staff on the use of interactive technologies in the classroom. Jonathan still teaches Biology to a group of our second year A Level students three times a week. Outside work, the majority of Jonathans time is spent with his young family on trips to zoos, play parks and to the beach all year round. To keep fit Jonathan has recently started to play squash and describes his skills as severely under developed……. room for improvement there then

Jill Naylor,
Study Support Manager

Jill ensures that students have the support they need both in and out of lessons. She is the main contact for SEN.

Jo Brownlee
Student Services Manager

Jo is responsible for ensuring all students receive the pastoral and financial support they need to complete their studies. She liaises with external agencies for individual students. Jo is also the college’s Child Protection Co-ordinator.

Sarah Didsbury
Careers Manager

Sarah gives advice on career paths and options. Sarah supports students with Higher Education applications as well as researching and selecting apprenticeship opportunities.

Wendy MacAdam,
Employer Engagement Manager

Wendy is the Employer Engagement Manager. She has hundreds of links with local employers and organises work placements, volunteering, speakers in college, careers fair, speed interviewing and enrichment activities, which help students to create those vital links with future employers.