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Two new directors at West Notts College

Posted onPosted on 6th Sep

West Nottinghamshire College, Mansfield, has bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of two new directors.

Suzanna Smith and Jon Fearon (pictured) have joined as director of human resources and organisational development, and director of finance, respectively.

Suzanna has more than 20 years’ experience across the private, public and charity sectors in senior HR roles.

Most recently, she worked as head of people services at airline Flybmi British Midlands Regional Ltd, where she directed the strategic delivery on all aspects of human resources and organisational development across the UK and Europe.

A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Suzanna succeeds acting director of human resources Rachael Blythe, who left in July to pursue new challenges after 16 years in various HR management roles at the college.

Suzanna is married to Anthony, a retired Army Officer, and they have one son, Reuben, 10.

Jon has rejoined the college after a 13-year absence, having worked as finance director from 1998-2002, and deputy principal/executive director of business strategy from 2002-2006.

He takes over from John Owen, who is credited with helping steer the college towards financial recovery in his role as interim finance director from September 2018 to August 2019.

An Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Jon has moved from Derby College, where he had been chief finance officer since 2016.

Jon is married to Michelle, a maths tutor at Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield, with whom he has two grown-up children, Tom, 29, and Imogen, 26.