Our Team

At the Swale Skills Centre we’re proud of our highly skilled and dedicated members of staff. All of our teachers are experts in their field; whilst many of our other staff members have years of experience working with students and employers who are looking for the right training courses to suit their needs. Our employees are approachable, friendly and are always looking out for their students.

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Meet the Swale Skills Centre team

Clayton Laker

College Principal

Clayton started his working life as a Toolmaker serving a five year Apprenticeship; he went on to spend a total of 22 years working successfully in the Engineering industry and has been closely involved in setting up and the expansion of Swale Skills Centre.

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Mike Halliwell

Head of Engineering

After completing an Apprenticeship, Mike developed a successful industry career, culminating in retraining as a teacher to pass his extensive skills onto the next generation. Mike leads the engineering team to deliver the high standards of training the centre is renowned for.

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Roger Selling

Senior Engineering Tutor

With an impressive track record, Roger joined Swale Skills Centre in 2009, gaining a teaching qualification. He was instrumental in developing our industry standard CAD and CNC facilities, and also leads the Caterham Car project.

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David Griffiths

Electronics Tutor

David Griffiths is a chartered physicist and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. A specialist in electronics technology, David is passionate about ensuring the needs of the future are met by developing a high calibre workforce of tomorrow.

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Colin Davies

Engineering Tutor

Starting his career with a Welding/Fabrication apprenticeship at Air Products Czyogenics Ltd, Colin worked for the company at sites around the world, before embarking on gaining a teaching qualification and joining the Swale Skills Centre.

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Ted Savage

Machine Workshop Instructor

Like many of our team, Ted started his career as an apprentice. Making the move into tool making, he continued a successful career before joining the centre in 2009 where he has facilitated machine training for the next generation of engineers.

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Nikki Demomme

Hair & Beauty Tutor

With 23 years' commercial salon experience and a university qualification, Nikki has been working at the Trust teaching hair and beauty, moving to the new Swale Skills Centre site in 2015. Nikki has also forged links with local salons, ensuring placements for budding apprentices.

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Wendy Rook

Hair & Beauty Tutor

Wendy has been working within the Trust since 2000, helping to set up the hairdressing and beauty department, which delivers training from year 9 to post sixteen. With 25 years’ industry experience and various teaching qualifications, Wendy relishes training the future workforce.

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Oliver Ross

Head of Catering

After completing his training as a chef, Oliver worked in a number of four star, fine dining establishments, where he became well known for developing his staff to cater at the very highest levels. He now uses these skills to train the chefs of tomorrow at Swale Skills Centre.

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