Developing a high performing organisation that develops and is guided by strong and effective leaders with the vision and energy to deliver our strategic aims is key to our over-riding priority – to support our students to be the best they can become.

Our leadership team is charged with delivering our 2025 Strategy and ensuring that Hartpury University and Hartpury College is equipped to meet future challenges and makes the most of every opportunity.

Its responsibilities cover everything from curriculum development and academic standards to pastoral care and support, finance, marketing, facilities and staff development.

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Meet the Team

  • Professor Andy Collop

    Job title:
    Vice-Chancellor, Principal and CEO

    Andy joined Hartpury in September 2022 as Vice-Chancellor, Principal and Chief Executive after 11 years at De Montfort University where he held a number of positions including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Interim Vice-Chancellor. After a first degree in Mechanical Engineering, Andy was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a DSc from the University of Nottingham.

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  • Rosie Scott-Ward

    Job title:
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Hartpury University

    Rosie came to Hartpury in 1997 as a student, becoming a member of staff in 2002. Rosie has subsequently held a variety of academic and commercial roles including Equine Director and Dean of Teaching and Learning. Rosie is the senior manager responsible for all University academic activity and the wider Equine activity within the organisation.

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  • Lynn Forrester-Walker

    Job title:
    Chief Operating Officer

    Lynn leads the Finance, Digital Services, Continuous Improvement and Business Development Teams within Hartpury. She also has responsibility for major capital schemes, risk management and insurance. Lynn’s role also includes heading up our estate’s masterplan so that our facilities and resources can support our continued growth.

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  • Claire Whitworth

    Job title:
    Deputy Principal, Further Education

    Claire is the senior lead for curriculum and quality for Hartpury College and also has responsibility for wider Agri-tech activity. Her previous roles have included Head of Land-based Faculty, Head of Department for Animal Management and Veterinary Health and Curriculum Leader for Agriculture & Farm Mechanisation within the land-based education sector. Claire is also the Ofsted Quality Nominee.

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  • Lesley Worsfold

    Job title:
    Deputy Principal – Resources, Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Lesley has overall responsibility for safeguarding, student support and wellbeing and our on-site accommodation for both college and university students. In addition, she has responsibility for Human Resources, Health & Safety, Conferencing and leads on Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity.

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  • Tom Radcliffe

    Job title:
    Director of Elite Sport

    Tom is responsible for the management of Hartpury’s sports academies. He provides leadership to the academy directors, head coaches, academy performance services and their respective staff. He oversees the operations, continued development, performance and success of the sports academies and the dual career student athletes.

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  • John Perry

    Job title:
    Director of Facilities

    Hartpury has invested more than £50 million on its specialist campus over recent years. John and his team are responsible for ensuring these facilities continue to meet the needs of students, as well as leading on new developments on site, such as the £3.5 million College Learning Centre.

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  • Jessica Taylor

    Job title:
    Director of Marketing, Communications, Admissions

    Jessica joined Hartpury in 2017 and has worked in education marketing since 2007. She oversees marketing, external communications, admissions, Home & international student recruitment activity, alumni relations, and outreach & schools’ engagement.

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  • Nicola Potter

    Job title:
    Director of Continuous Improvement (CI)

    Nikki provides leadership and direction to Hartpury’s CI activities. With over 17 years of project and change management experience, she gained valuable lean experience at Toyota before gaining a Six Sigma Black Belt qualification. The CI department encourages a culture of making positive changes to processes and works with staff across Hartpury to improve both staff and student experience.

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