We will make a significant positive impact on the local, regional and national economy.

Bigger, Better, Stronger

About Tyne Coast College

Everything you need to know

Who we are

Tyne Coast College offers a new and exciting vision for education and training in the North East.

Our diverse and innovative vocationally-driven curriculum, close links to employers and ambition to deliver outstanding provision, puts students on a clear course to academic attainment and career success.

Created from a merger of South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College, our programmes meet the skills needs of this region and strongly support economic growth and prosperity.

We cut across geographical boundaries, and our guiding vision - to provide education that is outstanding - creates opportunity for all to succeed, personally and professionally.

Working from key campuses and locations, we offer students an almost unlimited range of vocational and technical qualifications, as well as an outstanding framework of A levels and sports opportunities.

Incorporating the former South Tyneside and Tyne Metropolitan colleges, our key brands also include South Shields Marine School, recognised as one of the world’s foremost maritime training centres, and Queen Alexandria Campus, which specialises in A level provision.

Our other specialist support includes Career College North East, a pioneering programme for 14 to 19-year-olds to learn engineering, advanced manufacturing, computer science or marine; TMC Campus, a specialist in construction crafts; IGNITE Centre for Engineering & Innovation; the Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre (MOST), a UK-leading offshore training facility; and Creative Studios, which feature state-of-the-art equipment and expert teaching in fine art, drama and theatre studies, film studies, graphic design, media, photography, and fashion and textiles.

Overall, this provides an unbeatable offer to our 15,000 full and part-time students.

Ever alert to the needs of business and industry, we are aligned to the SMART Specialisation themes for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the emerging Northern Powerhouse priorities, the Government’s focus on increased apprenticeship provision and adult skills, and the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Mission, vision, values

Our mission, vision and values drive our delivery of first-class provision and show a clear commitment of support to all students equally.

With a mission to provide outstanding educational opportunities, we will benefit learners and the communities we serve. Doing so will satisfy our vision to grow further as a world-class educational facility, operating with a focus that develops the potential of all.

Following these paths will allow us to play a key role in ensuring the long-term prosperity of our region, through the creation of skills that drive economic growth.

Our values are clear:

  • We believe in being a strong community presence
  • We believe every student should achieve their potential
  • We value professionalism, commitment, and excellence in our staff
  • We believe the needs of employers should shape our curriculum
  • We will make a significant positive impact on the local, regional and national economy
  • We welcome and include everyone in our community and value individuality and diversity

Alongside these are key principles, such as being robust so that we can affect change - working to align to the North East LEP priorities is key to this - and being positioned to influence and further shape the skills agenda in partnership with employers and business and funding bodies.

We also aim to:

  • Work to a five-year plan, with a focus on growth opportunities and curriculum innovation, opening new routeways to skills for learners
  • Further develop a curriculum strategy that is well connected to the needs of employers, and strengthen our internationally recognised specialism in maritime training
  • Be financially outstanding, with a diverse income base and capital investment, creating opportunities to grow and develop new provision
  • Be efficient and financially resilient through exceptional leadership and management, allowing us to grow and develop in the years ahead
  • Develop curriculum innovation and specialisation, enhance capacity for investment to align provision to the devolution and sub-regional skills and economic agenda
  • Develop a single apprenticeship brand based upon existing strong track records at Tyne Metropolitan College and South Tyneside College, building a strong and unique offer for employers
  • Significantly improve the learning opportunities, experience and environment for every student, enabling them to be first choice for employers and universities

Executive team

Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE

Chief Executive

Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE places innovation in education and an understanding of how curriculums must be shaped to meet the needs of industry and employers as well as students, as policy priorities.

Her clear understanding of the link between education and training and the workplace to influence economic growth, was central to the rapid rise in standards at South Tyneside College, where she was Chief Executive prior to the founding of Tyne Coast College.

It was here that Dr Whiterod’s resolute and forward-thinking approach to provision ensured courses, and resulting qualifications, targeted real jobs, a policy that won the approval of many within the North East business community, as well as education inspectorate Ofsted. It also led to the college being named the best in the country and the best for overall provision of Further Education at the prestigious TES FE Awards 2017.

Such was her influence on its academic resurgence, that she was made an OBE for services to education in the New Year’s Honours List in 2013, and later made a CBE in the New Year's Honours List in 2018.

Her achievements included overseeing capital refurbishment and estate rationalisation programmes of over £21m, part of which was a £4.5m upgrade to the world-famous South Shields Marine School, an improved Ofsted grading of ‘good’, and the creation of the Multi Academy Trust model whose successes include sponsoring a failing primary school, supporting its progress to be one of the most improved schools in the country.

Her new vision for Tyne Coast College sees continued innovation across specialisms, the increased targeting of links between the college and businesses to support the region’s economic growth and prosperity, and the further development of a learning environment that inspires students to success.

Helen Beaton

Deputy Chief Executive

Helen Beaton’s financial acumen ensured South Tyneside College, where she was Deputy Chief Executive, was rated financially ‘outstanding’ by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) twice a year since 2009, one of only two North East colleges to achieve that rating.

Such strength financially resulted in annual surpluses, significant capital redevelopment and zero borrowing, and created opportunities to develop new provision and to move resources to areas of growth and greater potential, adding to the college’s overall academic success.

Her skills were key to attracting £6m of capital funding from the SFA and Local Enterprise Partnership in five consecutive application bids, which led to significant investment in and buildings and facilities.

At Tyne Coast College, Helen, who qualified as an accountant with Ernst and Young in Newcastle, ensures we are managed on a financially sustainable footing while seeking opportunities to invest in facilities and infrastructure and to efficiently target teaching and learning capital funding.

With public finances likely to remain stretched, she displays a sharp focus on efficiencies, yet aims to create ever more diverse income base and capital investment opportunities to grow and develop new provision.

Helen’s accounting experience also includes working for the Learning Skills Council, where she had responsibility for the financial aspects of capital projects and providing financial advice and support to twenty-two colleges across the region, and Northumberland Training and Enterprise Council, where she became Financial Controller.

Catherine Donnelly

Director, Human Resources

Catherine brings HR experience and expertise crucial to our senior management structure.

She specialises in embedding successful organisational culture change - something mastered during almost 30 years of working in the private and public sectors.

Catherine joined South Tyneside College in 2010, and now heads a team of six managing the HR side of operations, delivering people-centred solutions to business objectives.

Alison Maynard

Principal, South Tyneside College

Alison Maynard’s dedication to driving a high skills agenda among the modern workforce has helped position South Tyneside College as a leader in its field.

She has been pivotal to shaping a curriculum that allows students to gain the high-level skills and qualifications they need to access employment or move further into education.

High-profile successes include the creation of Career College North East, a unique learning pathway for 14 to 19-year olds to gain expert training in advanced manufacturing, engineering, computer science and marine, and the Lee Stafford Education Academy@STC, which teaches cutting edge hairdressing skills.

Her work has greatly advanced vocational learning opportunities, such as improving access to courses for all learners and supporting employability skills for NEET young people and the unemployed.

Alison’s other achievements include expanding strategic apprenticeship and traineeship provision, which directly satisfies a regional and national skills improvement agenda.

She has also worked extensively with Polish young people's services in developing and advising on vocational education, with similar experience in Brazil and China, and is a respected curriculum expert for Pearson Edexcel.

Audrey Kingham

Principal, Tyne Metropolitan College

Audrey Kingham became Deputy Principal of Tyne Metropolitan College in 2010. Five years later, she had led it to become the first FE college to achieve Investor in Innovations accreditation, and, soon after, the first STEM assured college in the north of England, with reaccreditation coming the following year.

Previously, she had worked for 10 years in international commerce and importing from global suppliers to the North East, and in developing innovative approaches to business partnership in a specialist industry.

She is a member of the HEFCE OFFA Advisory Board, North Tyneside Strategic Partnership, North Tyneside Employment and Skills Board, and the North Tyneside SEND partnership group, and was the first national chair of the STEM Colleges Intelligent Colleges Network.

Gary Hindmarch

Principal, South Shields Marine School

Gary Hindmarch’s maritime expertise, gained from time at sea and on land, has greatly added to South Shields Marine School’s prominence as an exceptional training centre of international repute.

In a career of over 40 years, he has served as a sea-going Chief Engineer and Engineering Superintendent, and as an academic manager, his current position.

Joining South Shields Marine School in 1993, he has led on curriculum development – for example, adding degree progression routes and introducing foundation degrees - and has expanded its customer base to include clients from over 100 countries.

His time at the helm has seen the marine school cement an enviable reputation for the delivery of highly responsive provision and develop further an already established world-wide reputation for excellence. Importantly, he also has ensured that provision is adaptable, to directly match customer need.

As well as his role at South Shields Marine School, Gary is also a director of regional and national maritime organisations which develop, deliver and assess students and professionals.

Key Facts

Tyne Coast College by numbers

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Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE

Chief Executive

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Offshore training

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