Bridgwater College welcomes new Section Leader (Oct 2012)


Bridgwater College is delighted to welcome Simon Grundy to the land-based team at Cannington, where he will be leading the delivery and development of the curriculum for Land and Environmental Management.


Simon joins the College from Writtle College in Essex, where he was Section Leader for Horticulture, Floristry and Design. He began his career as an apprentice at a local landscape company and it was during his apprenticeship studies that he was inspired to further his learning. Whilst at Writtle College he decided to go back into education for himself and study the BSc in Construction Management, which he completed at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. On how he entered teaching he explains, "Teaching was clearly in my blood, as both my father and my grandfather were teachers; when a position at Writtle College assessing apprentices came up, I jumped at the chance!"


After spending 12 years at Writtle, Simon made the decision to progress his career by applying to work at Bridgwater College. He now hopes to develop stronger links with the land-based industries in the area and maintain the department's high standards, particularly ensuring students are getting on to the right courses at the appropriate level for their career ambitions.


On his move to Somerset and his new role Simon said, "It's been a big decision and one which I am glad to have made. I have been given a great department to manage, I work with dedicated, professional and supportive staff, and in challenging times for both land-based education and the industry, I am looking forward to providing opportunities in training for both the experienced and the keen amateur alike. It's a great industry, one full of chances locally, nationally and globally and I am certain that Bridgwater College has a huge part to play in ensuring a green future."


Simon likes to spend his spare time exploring the new landscape of the South West with his family, and is practising his coarse fishing now he has easy access to a canal!


You can meet Simon at the next Land-based Open Day at Bridgwater College's Cannington Centre on Saturday 10 November from 10am - 12.30pm. Visit www.bridgwater.ac.uk for more information or call 01278 441234.


Simon Grundy