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Meet our Senior Leadership Team

Sparsholt College Group, Incorporating Andover College are excited to introduce their new Senior Leadership Team. The new leadership brings with it a wealth of experience and an impressive skillset to set our young people on a path to success.

Julie Milburn


Principal and CEO

Julie Milburn has an extensive professional history which includes over 20 years’ experience in further and higher education. She has previously been Vice Principal at Farnborough College of Technology (FCOT), covering both FE and HE with extensive involvement in industry partnerships, and previously Head of School at FCOT. Prior to FCOT, Julie had been at Newbury College and at East Durham & Houghall College in a variety of teaching and management roles. Whilst at East Durham and Houghall, Julie was based at Houghall campus, the specialist residential land based college campus in County Durham.

Julie has a background in Sports Science and has worked closely with sports based and many other employers and businesses. Julie has extensive professional expertise and experience in the design and delivery of curriculum for Further and Higher education and the quality improvement of the same. Julie also has extensive professional expertise of supporting and safeguarding students being the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Sparsholt and Andover Colleges.

Julie took up her current post of Deputy Principal Curriculum in July 2018 and, following external advertisement, was appointed from a very strong field of applicants to be Principal Designate (July 2020) . Julie succeeded Tim Jackson in July 2020 after Tim retired from his post after 22 years as Principal.


Deputy Principal Corporate and Deputy Chief Executive

Suzanne has been a member of the senior team at Sparsholt for eight years, heading up Management Information, Information Technology, Admissions, Higher Education, Commercial Services, Apprenticeships and Work Placement Teams. Suzanne has a detailed understanding of college funding arrangements and writes all bids and funding applications for the college. Suzanne’s exceptional bid successes have led to an impressive level of capital investment throughout the college estate during her time with us. Her passion for driving the college forward has led to modernisation of many college operating systems and ways of working.

She holds a degree in Sociology and Industrial Relations from Southampton University and a Masters in Industrial Relations from Warwick University.

Suzanne is passionate about her work and is inspired by the real difference that our staff and our students make.

Anne Whitworth


Director of Finance

Anne joined us in April 2019 and is responsible for heading up the Finance function at Sparsholt College.

Her focus is on ensuring that the College’s resources are appropriately managed, which includes the stewardship of the College’s finances, budgeting and the preparation of the financial statements.  Most importantly, Anne is keen to ensure that the College’s resources are directed as much as possible into enhancing the student experience.

Anne is an economics graduate, having studied at Manchester University, and she qualified as a chartered accountant while working for KPMG. She also gained a Masters in Business Administration from Durham University.  Anne has over 25 years’ experience of working in senior finance roles in further and higher education and the public sector.  She has worked for a number of FE colleges over her career.

Anne is a keen advocate of education at all levels and knows how having a good education can transform a person’s life.

Ben stokes


Vice Principal (Curriculum), Andover College

Ben has worked in further education for 15 years, starting his career as a Sport Lecturer after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sport Studies. He has also received a PCGE in Education from University of Southampton.

Ben started as a lecturer in Sport before moving to be Head of Sport. He worked extensively with a wide range of national exam boards supporting the development of different qualifications within the sport sector. Shortly after he progressed to being the Head of Sixth Form, responsible for the A Level curriculum at Andover College. He has since taken on a wider role for the Andover curriculum as Vice Principal. He has a passion for supporting teaching, learning and assessment so that students receive an outstanding education that helps them to develop as individuals and progress on to aspirational careers.

Since its inception, the Andover campus has grown significantly both in terms of its size and quality and Ben is committed to ensuring that it is well positioned to serve the community and maximise opportunities that presents itself during the proposed redevelopment of Andover town centre.

Jonathan Baker


Vice Principal Curriculum Sparsholt College Hampshire

Jonathan has near to 30 years’ experience in Further and Higher education and comes from a science background in Forestry and Woodland management. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters a Chartered Environmentalist and professional member of the Arboricultural Association. Prior to joining Sparsholt Jonathan worked as Head Forester on a private estate and as a forestry consultant covering the south west of England and has extensive industry connections.

Jonathan has an extensive knowledge of land based curriculum and quality and was for the last 11 years a QAA reviewer for Higher Education. Jonathan joined Sparsholt as a lecturer in forestry went on to develop HE provision in forestry and arboriculture and to manage the forestry section at the college before going on to manage the land based provision as Assistant Principal.

Joining Sparsholt in 1992 Jonathan has seen many changes and developments at the College and provides a valuable source of knowledge as to how the land based provision works within the College and the continued quality improvement of our courses for the benefit of our students.

Jonathan took up the post of Vice Principal in August 2020.