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Alan Salter


Starting his career as a Hairdresser, Alan has built successful businesses throughout Kent and  London. 

In 1988, Alan attended Thanet College to gain his Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing. Alan then went mobile and built a very respectful clientele - on the back of this, he went on to open his own Salon which was a success. Alan then went onto open another Salon in London. 

However, Alan has always said he did not want to be stood behind a chair after her turned 40 - at the age of 38 he returned to College and completed his Level 3 qualficiation in Hairdressing. It was at this point he enegaged with a very influential tutor who pushed him to excel. Alan finished his Level 3 qualification and continued with his businesses in both London and Kent. A year later, he received an email from his former tutor explaning she was retiring, and alluded Alan to apply for her job. 

Hesitant at first, Alan decided to job shadow. This was the start of his career in the College and was completely voluntary. While shadowing, Alan was approached by MidKent College to see if he would complete paid teaching hours on a barbering course. Alan took this opportunity and completed 3 hours teaching per week while still running his two Salons. 

The following year, Alan's mentor retired, however, Alan did not apply for her job as he felt he wasn't ready at the time. Alan continued to build his businesses and was then contacted in 2012 by MidKent College again with the opportunity to teach 10 hours per week on a Level 3 Hairdressing course. Alan accepted this and still continued to run his Salons along side his teaching. 

After a year of teaching, a vacancy came up for a full time tutor and Alan felt he was ready to now step into FE as a full time career. He was successful in his application and in 2013 joined MidKent College as a full time Hairdressing tutor, Alan continued to run his two Salons alongside this but it proved to be challenging so he sold his businesses shortly after. 

After a year and a half at MidKent College, Alan applied and was successful to be the Head of Department for Hair Beauty and Catering at Canterbury College. After another 18 months, an opportunity presented itself to become the Principal of Sheppey College. After much deliberation, Alan finally decided he would apply for this role. 

In 2017, Alan was appointed Principal of Sheppey College. Alan has made some fundamental changes within the College, including professional standards expected from students and staff. Since joining Sheppey College, Alan has seen a dramatic improvement in behaviour, achievements and retention. All brought about by his staff who he feels have really brought into the vision and the journey that he is taking to make Sheppey College a great place for students and staff.