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Nick Holbrook-Sutcliffe

Chief Education Officer

Nick started his career in the FE sector as a Lecturer in Art and Design before taking time out to work in India to develop an art school in Rajasthan.

On his return to the UK, Nick went on to gain experience in Advertising, but ultimately came back to FE and focused on building a career in the sector. During this time, Nick progressed through the ranks and went from Course Leader, to Assistant Principal for Partnerships in a matter of years. 

After working at a range of colleges, Nick embarked on a new challenge in the private sector, developing commercial strategies and building diverse partnerships for the automotive, retail and fashion sectors.

However, after a number of years, Nick found himself once again beckoning to the call of the education sector, returning to the newly formed EKC Group in 2018 as Principal of Dover Technical College. 

Nick is passionate about the student experience and the transformational potential of education and training, at all stages of peoples’ lives. In 2020, Nick was provided the opportunity to become Chief Curriculum Officer for the whole East Kent Colleges Group and has now become the new Chief Education Officer.

Since then, Nick has been working to ensure the Group’s purpose is directly aligned with regional opportunities, developing strong links with local employers and stakeholders who share his commitment to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their highest potential; both academically and personally.  

Nick is married with two young children and enjoys playing guitar, painting, listening to music, cricket and he keeps a small flock of chickens. He has also held the post of Chair of Governors at a SEN school, and currently sits on a number of community groups which aim to increase opportunities and life-choices for local people.

We are a group of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.