Management Team

Head of Curriculum

Patricia Blackham


Trish has vast experience in Further and Adult Education including managing provision across several curriculum areas including digital, business and employability. Experience includes managing partnership provision in the inner city to widen participation within education. Trish is the Programme Manager for the college, and manages all short courses and the Access to higher education programme. Trish’s back ground and qualifications in education brings valuable experience to the Education team.

#Ifeelbetterwhen out walking or on holiday with my family and friends #rethinkyourmind

Head of Business Infrastructure

Andy Gazey


Andy has over 13 years experience in Management Information and supporting systems. His previous roles include MIS manager for the National Careers Service across the entire West Midlands region. Andy has recently undertaken a Bachellors Degree and is now studying for his ILM Leadership & Management Certificate. Andy has a keen interest in new technology and is eager to develop the colleges network and infrastructure in order to support more innovative digital learning opportunities for students.

#ifeelbetterwhen I’ve had chance to spend time with my 2 young children, I feel even better when I put them to bed for the night #rethinkyourmind

Head of People and Commercial Development

Lisa Tomlinson


Lisa has a varied background which includes Recruitment, HR, Finance and Business Management. Lisa is our Head of HR, she is also an academy school governor and is currently studying for her level 7 CIPD qualification, alongside raising a family. Lisa’s background and qualifications in Recruitment, HR and Teaching bring valuable skills and experience to the college in the areas of talent management, staff development and employee engagement. Lisa is passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; flexible working; gender equality and mental / physical health and wellbeing.

#ifeelbetterwhen I've had a high energy exercise class to very loud music or a good weights session at the gym, a Jacuzzi afterwards always helps too. #rethinkyourmind

Student Experience Manager

Lee Goodway


Lee has previously worked in roles within Student Service teams in large Further Education colleges. He has also taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Outside of education he worked for a charity providing advocacy for people sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Lee is a qualified manager who is Team Leader for Admissions and Advice. Lee has recently completed a Post Compulsory Education degree researching how ESOL students can use transferable skills in the UK. He has also formed a charity with friends that supports individuals from new communities with employability and training advice. 

#Ifeelbetterwhen I go for a long walk and focus on observing my natural surroundings. #rethinkyourmind

Team Leaders

Conference and Support Team Leader

Marie Davis


Marie joined Fircroft in March 2017 as Conference & Support Team Leader.  She has over 35 years’ experience in a variety of roles including Hospitality, Conference, Customer Service and Supervisory Roles.  In recent years she has worked for a Mental Health Charity in Administration and Support.   Marie’s experience in those areas brings key skills to the college.

#Ifeelbetterwhen I have had a nice long walk with my headphones on, then coming back to my house and having a nice warm soak with bubbles and candles!” #rethinkyourmind

Facilities Team Leader

Ian Edwards

Ian is passionate about the effect that voluntary and community organisations can play in making the world a better place to be, especially for some of the most disadvantaged people in our society. He has spent his entire career working in the Voluntary Sector. He has a wealth of practical experience of managing and developing educational and community buildings, as well as the activities that happen inside them. In his spare time he helps run a youth theatre and looks for opportunities to practice his photography skills.

#Ifeelbetterwhen I feel that I have made a positive difference to the area where I live. #rethinkyourmind