Administration and Support Staff

Administration and Support Staff

Kerensa Gardner FdA  Executive Support Manager

Kerensa began her working life in the banking sector, moving from there to the aviation insurance sector where she worked for 17 years. She is particularly interested in education administration and  joined Bird College in 2007 where she has gained extensive experience in a range of roles – she was initially appointed Assistant to the Registrar and following the retirement of her predecessor was appointed Head of Registry & HR in 2008. Kerensa took on her current role of Executive Support Manager in 2011, and her responsibilities include providing support to the Executive Group, HR and Facilities Management.  She is the Secretary to the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees and their sub committees and she is the Lead Administrator for the Capital Project. In February 2014 Kerensa was also appointed Health & Safety Manager. Kerensa is a member of the Association of University Administrators (AUA). Having completed the Foundation Degree in Applied Professional Studies Kerensa graduated from the University of Greenwich in July 2017

Jessica Levin   Assistant to the Deputy Principal

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Kelly Reynolds   Management Accountant

Kelly joined the college as a modern apprentice in 2001.  She gained experience in both admin and finance. She then left the college to gain commercial experience in the finance sector returning to Bird College in 2009. She has completed the AAT Accounting Technician course and is our Management Accountant.

Jennifer Fuller   Finance Manager

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Lisa Kerby   FE/HE Income Manager

Lisa comes to Bird College with 17 years of finance and administration experience, earning an honour from the Queen for commitment to her previous organisation in May 2016. She began working at the College shortly after as Senior Finance Officer and was promoted to FE/HE Income Manager in September 2017.  Lisa works primarily on student income in the form of course fees, Extra Curricular and Summer Schools. Lisa is a senior member of the Finance Team.

Gillian Davis   Senior Finance Officer

With a background in insurance and finance, Gillian has worked in a variety of administrative roles. She joined Bird College in 2007.

Christine Calvert   HR Assistant

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Carly Hainsby   Agency Manager

Carly trained at Bird College. Theatre Credits include the workshop of Feelin in the Mood for renowned choreographer Chet Walker, International and UK Productions of Chicago, The Wizard of Oz, Annie in which she played the role of Lily St Regis, Crazy For You in which she played the role of Patsy, Arms and the Cow for Opera North, Calamity Jane, Anything Goes, La Traviata for Grange Park Opera, Chess in which she played the role of The White Queen and The Wiz. She was also a featured singer and dancer for the Jean Ann Ryan Company for NCL and a member of the Moulin Rouge Company both in Paris and for their touring productions all over the world. Her choreographic credits include Rumpy Pumpy at The Union Theatre, The Music of Annemarie Lewis Thomas at The Landor Theatre, Pimpinone for the Buxton festival, Carmen for London Opera Vocal, Dangerous Daughters at The Drill Hall, The Sunshine Gang, The Ballad of Kitty Jay, Celebs Anon, The Venus Factor all at The Bridewell Theatre and pieces for Bird College productions at The Orchard Theatre. Carly has also worked with BML Workshops London as an Assistant Choreographer and Choreographer. Carly was Vice Principal and Head of Dance at The MTA from 2009 till 2016 and has an extensive teaching career both as a regular faculty member and guest teacher at the UK’s top training institutions.

Tanya Robb   Agency Manager

Tanya trained at Bird College of Performing Arts. Theatre credits include understudying and playing the role of Bianca/Lois in Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre & The Old Vic Theatre, London) Alice in All the Fun of the Fair, Wendy Jo/understudy Ariel in Footloose, Dinah/understudy Pearl in Starlight Express and Lorraine in 42nd Street (UK tours). Lisa in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Kitty in Drowsy Chaperone (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) Swing in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Loretta/understudy Mary in Tonight’s the Night (Victoria Palace Theatre), Swing in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), understudy Linda/Maddy in Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury Theatre), understudy Sally Smith in Me and My Girl (Alexandra Theatre Birmingham), Alice in Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Wakefield), DuBarry was a Lady (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Mother in Aspire (Doha Qatar), Cinderella (Theatre Royal Bath) and Fred Astaire – His Daughter’s Tribute (London Palladium).

Original cast recordings include We Will Rock You, Tonight’s the Night and All the Fun of the Fair.
Television includes The Future WAGS of Great Britain. Film Credits include Tubby & Enid (BBC/Endor).

Naomi Seal   MIS Team Leader

Naomi recently graduated from Goldsmiths University where she studied English Literature and Drama.  She has worked in a variety of administrative roles including offices in the Adult Education College Bexley.  She joined Bird College in December 2011 as Registry Manager and is responsible for all aspects of Registry.

Tanya Lorenzotti   Data Coordinator

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Alice Coughlan   Finance Officer

Alice has 7 years previous administration experience, joining Bird College in January 2017 as Finance Officer.  Alice works on Music Services invoicing and has taken the lead on developing the Colleges new Purchase Order system.

Louise Richardson   Course File and Assessment Coordinator

Louise joined the Registry team in February 2017 and she supports the academic team in the role of Course File and Assessments Coordinator. Louise previously worked for International Schools as the departmental lead for Student Services, Accommodation and Welfare. Louise holds a degree from the University of Nottingham and is also a qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language. She enjoyed valuable opportunities to live and teach abroad in Poland, Costa Rica and Japan. Louise has played the saxophone for many years with the Bexley Adult Band at Bird College.

Lyn Upton   Data Coordinator

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Heidi Guningham   Academic and Assessments Support Coordinator

Heidi started working life with Morgan Grenfell a leading investment bank in London in a secretarial capacity. She then spent 8 years working for the London Borough of Greenwich as a Systems Administrator before becoming involved in the running of the family business. Heidi joined Bird College in October 2009 as Resource Centre Co-ordinator.

Lai-Sheung Chan MA, CERT ED, TCPD (RBS), A.R.A.D., ADV DIP (HKAPA)  Performance & Events Coordinator / Senior Ballet Tutor

Lai-Sheung Chan graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she majored in Dance and received an Advanced Diploma. After graduation she has joined the Hong Kong Ballet Company and has participated in many productions and also appeared in various soloist roles. Lai-Sheung has furthered her studies and gained the specialist Teaching Diploma in the Teachers’ Course for Professional Dancers at the Royal Ballet School in London. She has also obtained her Advanced Certificate in Education which is accredited by the Canterbury Christ Church University College in Kent, England. In 2007, she graduated with an MA in Arts Management from the City University in London. Lai-Sheung has been teaching and coaching classical ballet worldwide and was the Ballet Mistress for the Hong Kong Ballet Group’s Winter Production in 2001. Lai-Sheung has been working at Bird College in London since 1997. Currently, she is Performance & Events Coordinator / Senior Ballet Tutor. Besides her responsibilities in teaching and management, she also conducts rehearsals for college public productions.

Fiona Macbeth   Counsellor

Fiona is the counsellor at Bird College joining at the beginning of 2017. She studied Therapeutic Counselling for three years at the University of Greenwich, graduating with a Master’s of Science with Merit. (MSc). She is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and follows their ethical guidelines and codes of conduct. She worked as a counsellor in a boys school for a year working through a variety of issues including self-esteem and identity. Fiona also ran a film project for troubled teenagers for three years to help them with isolation and communication issues. She is a qualified CRUSE bereavement counsellor and has experience of working with people of all backgrounds and ages. Before joining Bird, Fiona worked for the BBC for 27 years as a producer and manager.

Liz May Brice BA(Hons), MA (Cantab)  Acting Tutor/Learning Support Tutor

Liz entered the acting profession at the tender age of ten, juggling television acting roles with school work, whilst also taking dancing, singing and acting lessons at Laine Theatre Arts, as well as touring with the National Youth Music Theatre to Japan and Edinburgh with Guys and Dolls in which she played Adelaide. At 19 she decided to read English at Cambridge University, where she took part in as much theatre as possible, such as The Cambridge Footlights and playing Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. Whilst studying at Cambridge for her MA, she also began her professional acting career as an adult at Salisbury Playhouse, playing Mabel Chiltern in An Ideal Husband. From then on, a career in theatre, television and film grew.   Read moreHer extensive acting credits for television include: Black Mirror: Yuletide (House of Tomorrow), Moving On (BBC), Eastenders (BBC), Misfits (Objective), How Television Ruined Your Life (Zeppotron), Casualty (BBC), Torchwood III (BBC), Dead Set (Zeppotron), The Colour of Magic (The Mob Film Co.), The Bill (Talkback Thames), The Whistleblowers (Carnival), Peep Show IV (Objective) The Roman Mysteries (BBC), Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe (Zeppotron), Bad Girls (Shed), How To Watch Television (Zeppotron), The Robinsons (BBC), Hustle 1 and 2 (Kudos), NY-LON (Channel 4), Murder In Mind (BBC), Trust (BBC),  Stan The Man (Granada), Urban Gothic (Channel 5), Holby City (BBC), In Defence (Granada), Whatever/Comedy Lab (Channel X), The 10th Kingdom (Carnival), A Touch of Frost (Yorkshire), The Student Prince (BBC), The Stalker's Apprentice (STV), Chalkface (BBC), The News At 12 (Central), The Worst Witch (Central), Coming Through (Central). Her film credits include: Hard Boiled Sweets (Crikey Villains Ltd), John (Film and Video Umbrella), Alien vs. Predator (20th Century Fox), Function at the Junction (Artsouls), Resident Evil (Constantin), The Cut (Bliss), Truel (HLA/Film Four), The Last Minute (Last Minute), Fortress 2 (Carousel). And her other theatre credits include: The Fix (Union), Festen (Theatr Clwyd), Dumb Show (New Vic), The Cherry Orchard (Salisbury Playhouse), Crows (National Theatre Studio), Beauty and the Beast (Young Vic),  The Lady of Pleasure (Cambridge Festival Theatre), Stud (Cambridge ADC), Going Up (New End/Edinburgh Pleasance), Alice Through The Looking Glass (Jesus Gardens, Cambridge), The Misanthrope (Cambridge ADC), Cambridge Footlights’ Cinderella (Cambridge ADC), Cinderella (De Montford Hall, Leicester), Hiawatha (Yvonne Arnaud), Ariadne auf Naxos (Royal Opera House).  Liz is also an accomplished and experienced voiceover artiste, as well as motion capture artiste. Her interests also include film production, obtaining the Raindance Producer’s Certificate in 2011.

Frank Greaves   Site Manager

Frank began his working career as an Apprentice Painter and decorator with the London Borough of Lambeth, and has worked at the London Clinic in Harley Street. He has worked in L.A. as a specialist Decorator and also worked on Disneyland Paris working in the Disneyland Hotel prior to it’s opening in 1992. Frank worked for EPS/MITIE for many years as a Multi Trade Maintenance fitter before being promoted to Supervisor in 2007. Frank commenced employment with Bird college in January 2013 as Caretaker and was promoted to Site Manager in August 2013.

Tim Ugwonno   Caretaker

David Salway   Music Service Administrator

David joined Bird College in September 2012, having graduated with a First Class BMus degree from the University of Hull in 2011. David has a passion for creating and facilitating music, and is active musically alongside his work, primarily through singing with the BBC Symphony Chorus. Whilst working at the college, David has completed a Masters in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London, focussing upon some of the pressures on Music Education Hubs in his masters dissertation.

Jennifer Walker   Lead Reception

Jennifer has worked for Bird College since 2010, initially as Student Supervisor for the Junior Dance School, then in an administration role in the Music Service Department. She now leads the reception team alongside various other administration roles including Health & Safety Secretary, student absence officer and Open day co-ordinator. She previously gained extensive experience in retail as a floor manager. She is very interested in the performing arts, directing, choreographing and acting for many local theatre companies.

Kim Hubbard   Receptionist

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Paul Mancini   Duty Manager/Premises Support

Paul started his career in facilities at the age of 16  working for a London advertising company as a post room assistant. He was there for 14 years and finished his role as a facilities coordinator. Paul has also worked in media and construction industries. In March 2017 Paul started working at Bird College on a temporary basis and was employed permanently from September 2017.